F1 2023
Round 15

Verstappen and Perez Finish 1-2, Verstappen Wins 10th Consecutive Race

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Round 15 of the season, Italian Grand Prix took place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, won the race, with Sergio Perez finishing second.

Verstappen and Perez Finish 1-2, Verstappen Wins 10th Consecutive Race

Scuderia AlphaTauri driver, Liam Lawson finished 11th, Yuki Tsunoda was unable to start the race due to machine trouble.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
I had to be patient today to get the win, Ferrari had a lot of top speed all weekend and I think when you look at our rear wing we had to trim down our top flap, so our DRS the whole weekend wasn’t as effective as normal. That meant we could never have a good run down into turn one, so I had to be patient and force Carlos into a mistake. At one point, when his tyres were wearing a little, we tried to make him brake late, he locked up a little bit and I thought, “perfect” and was able to pass him on the exit to turn two. From there it was about managing things and bringing the car home safely. 10 wins in a row is a record I am very happy about; it is something you don’t even think about trying to achieve because it is very unlikely that those kinds of things happen. I am very proud it has happened and proud of what the Team has done again today, the whole year has been pretty incredible so far. And, of course, a one-two today as well, here in Monza, is special for us all. 

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
It is really satisfying to achieve P2 today and it has been a brilliant day for the team. Overtaking was really difficult on this track and the Ferraris were very fast on the straights so it was hard to make my way through the field. We had some tough racing, but I fought really hard to overtake and gave it my all and it paid off. We didn’t get to show it yesterday, but it’s been a strong weekend in terms of performance. I feel like my form is fully back and I hope we can have a very strong end to the season. The team have done a lot of work on the suspension and the set-up of the car and we have made great steps forward here. Finally, the atmosphere here in Italy and on the podium was amazing: the whole main straight was packed and it was a great experience. Max’s achievement today really is incredible so well done to him: today is his moment. 

Liam Lawson
Liam Lawson 40
Scuderia AlphaTauri
A couple of things went wrong today, we need to look into the start, as I could have done a better job, and that’s where we lost the chance. The pace wasn’t too bad then, but the race slightly got away from us. I’m still learning the procedures and definitely starting to feel more comfortable in the car, but I’m just a little bit disappointed with my race, as I think we may have had the pace for points today. I’m not sure though, so we need to look into it. These races are longer than I’m used to, so definitely adjusting, but I felt much more prepared than I did last weekend, so I'm happy about that. 

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
I heard a weird sound from the car, and after that, I didn’t feel any power. We don’t know the exact reason yet, but we’ll investigate. Obviously, no reliability issue would’ve been nice, but it’s only the first time this year, so we stay positive and come back stronger. I wanted to race, especially starting so close to the points at our home race, so it’s a shame because our pace looked quite strong during practice, but there is a lot we can take from this weekend. The car performance has been looking consistently solid the last couple of weekends, and even if we struggled on some days, we were able to come back stronger the next day. To be able to extract the maximum is one of our strengths, so I’m not worried about the future. 

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