Max Verstappen set to win 2022 F1 world title after dominating Italian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc started Sunday’s race from pole position at Monza with an array of cars dropping out of control to take on new engine components, including Verstappen who started seventh but was already in third place by the time he started. approached the first corner chicane on lap two. .

Mercedes runner-up George Russell got the Red Bull through moments later before Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin suffered an apparent engine failure to call the virtual safety car.

Ferrari took the opportunity to pit Leclerc with Verstappen sitting on his tail, calmly setting up his attack for the lead.

Although the early stop took advantage of VSC’s reduced time loss for tire changes, it left the poleman relying on a long stint on the Medium tires against Red Bull’s fearsome pace.

Midway through the 53 laps, Verstappen finally opted for a one-stop strategy and came out ten seconds behind his ailing title rival. Within moments the gap was reduced to six seconds and the Dutchman looked unstoppable.

Leclerc ran into Softs which left him 20 seconds behind and had to close more than a second per lap, a simply impossible mission for the Ferrari and he had barely tamed three seconds off his rival before a belated grain of hope emerges.

Local tifosi fans roared at the stalled McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo who pulled out a safety car on lap 47 of 53, but the vehicle was too difficult to recover quickly by tractor and the race effectively ended on-the- field – despite the arrow of the leading quartet in the pits of new tires.

Verstappen’s title lead is now so big he can officially claim his second world championship when F1 meets in Singapore early next month.

“We had a great race, under each compound we were the fastest. Unfortunately we didn’t receive any [safety car] restart but overall a very good day,” he said. “The start was very good, it was really good on the tyres, really nice. It took a bit of time to be on a big podium like this but in the end we did it.

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