Charles Leclerc applauds as Max Verstappen holds his arm up on the podium after winning the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

2022 Italian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc raised the tifosi's hopes by qualifying on pole but Max Verstappen had too much pace in the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, held in Monza's centenary year

A race that started to huge cheers from the tifosi ended with loud jeers from those same fans, but for once it wasn’t aimed at Ferrari’s strategy as the Italian Grand Prix had an unsavoury ending.

The cheers were for the polesitter, as Charles Leclerc was wheeled onto the grid to start alongside George Russell, with Max Verstappen a distant seventh after another power unit penalty. The pace Ferrari had shown during practice and qualifying had increased hopes that Leclerc could convert, so the crowd roared their approval as he held Russell off on the opening lap and started to edge away.

Verstappen’s race hinged on how quickly he could make progress in a car that didn’t appear to have the straight-line speed advantage that it has in recent rounds, and whether the tight Rettifilo chicane that opens the lap could create trouble.

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Circuit - Monza

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Italy

Location

Monza, Lombardy

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.599 (Miles)

Record

Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004), 1m21.046, 159.865 mph, F1, 2004

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