It was the 129th GP of the hybrid era. 146 since a Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull failed to win. 24 YEARS since a French driver topped the podium. On Episode 261, we talk Pierre Gasly, and the Miracle in Monza.
F1: No really, Pierre Gasly won. Seriously. We break down how. There was a massive accident at mid-distance as Charles Leclerc oversteers himself into Parabolica wall, drawing a Safety Car and Red Flag as Kevin Magnussen’s Haas died right by pit entry, causing the pitlane to be closed, however…
Lewis Hamilton and Antonio Giovinazzi box during closed pit lane due to K-Mag failure, both get 10-second stop/go penalties. Pierre Gasly however, beat the clock, gained track position on the restart, Stroll gets a free pitstop under red, and Verstappen retires on engine failure after the restart.
Sainz guns down Gasly at the end, falls maybe 1 lap short, Stroll 3rd after poor 2nd start. Hamilton drives mad, goes from 17th to 7th on restart after serving penalty. We mention Sebastian Vettel suffering an early brake failure and Nicolas Latifi finishing 11th in the final race for Williams as we know it (but more on that in 262)
In F2, we all got dewey-eyed as a Schumacher won in a big red car at Monza. Aww. He took the feature race win after a dream start going from 6th to 2nd in one corner! He would take the W over Luca Ghiotto and Christian Lundgaard after Callum Illot stalled it in the pits. As for the sprint race, Dan Ticktum dominated in hilarious fashion, needing the medical car to get back to pit lane… but his car didn’t have enough fuel for a sample so he was chucked out via DQ. So Callum Illot won instead ahead of Lundgaard and Mick!
And in F3, Frederick Vesti won Race 1 ahead of Frederick Vesti wins Race 1 ahead of Theo Pourchaire and Oscar Piastri goes from 15th to 3rd, Logan Sargeant DNF’s after being spun off, Prema taking the team title back to “Titletown”. In Race 2, Jake Hughes scores a win as Liam Lawson got given a late time penalty promoting Smolyar to his first F3 podium!
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