A challenging day at Monza resulted in three Honda-powered cars failing to finish as Sergio Picked up points with a battling fifth place.
A challenging day at Monza resulted in three Honda-powered cars failing to finish as Sergio picked up points with a battling fifth place.
After his crash at the start of the Sprint, we opted to take a new power unit in Pierre’s car as he was already due to start from the back of the grid, with the new specification of Energy Store requiring a pit lane start. Pierre reported issues on his reconnaissance laps but was able to take the start, which was unfortunately slightly better than Yuki as a braking problem was discovered and couldn’t be fixed on the grid.
A valiant attempt from the mechanics ultimately failed as Yuki was unable to start, while Pierre’s race lasted only a handful of laps before he was also forced to retire on what turned out to be a painful day for Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Max had been overtaken for the lead by Daniel Ricciardo on the run to Turn 1 but followed the McLaren closely and was looking to use strategy to regain first place when a slow pit stop on lap 23 hampered his chances and dropped him back in the pack.
Still in the mix for victory, Max was then fighting with Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes emerged from his pit stop and the two collided at the first chicane, taking both of them out of the race.
That just left Sergio to take up the fight for Red Bull Racing and the team reacted well in the Safety Car period to make his one and only pit stop for hard tyres so that he rejoined in fourth place.
After the race, the stewards awarded a three-place grid drop at the Russian Grand Prix to Max, following the contact between himself and Lewis.