The Italian GP has always been a source of great racing year after year, tight corners and chicanes with long speedy straights lead to some difficult overtaking opportunities and tightly packed group racing, but this years race at Monza made history as for the first time since 2013 in Australia, a team that isn’t Mercedes, Red Bull, or Ferrari has taken the top spot – and not only the top spot, but the top three.
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An Italian team did win at Monza however coming in perhaps one of the more unlikely places as the young Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly wins his first grand prix and becoming the first French driver to do so since 1996. In a sport that has had such a cemented line up race after race, this certainly came as a surprise to punters too with some offering 2000:1 and higher for the young Frenchman which may lead to many using their free bet365 bonus code UK on different drivers in the future – whilst Hamilton is almost always a certainty, we may certainly have seen the future of F1 racing.
The race gave a glimpse what may happen if we get the reverse grid qualifying as has been suggested for years but more recently pushed for during the pandemic to bring more exciting racing – the recent change of disabling “party mode” and rulings that teams must use the same engine mode settings throughout the race may not have helped other teams, or hurt teams such as Mercedes as much as many had thought has before the events that led to this finish had Lewis Hamilton clear and away almost ten seconds in front seemingly uncatchable, but the idea of reverse grids certainly leads to something more exciting – in traffic it did seem that the Mercedes had been struggling all day and this was very clear for Bottas who couldn’t seem to break away from the pack and get past anyone in front, although there had been some suggestions this may largely be to the configuration that the Mercedes was using expecting to be clear and away in front.
There had been yet more disappointment for Ferrari too who also seem to be very much struggling this season – although the start of the season seemed to be going pretty well for Charles Lerclerc, it has been a little downhill ever since with the performances not really coming through and the car itself seeming not competitive at all – and for his last season at Ferrari things aren’t looking much better for Vettel either after a break failure took him out of the race much earlier. If this is what the future of the F1 grid is shaping up to be however we could be in for some very exciting, and very competitive races in the future, whilst we still expect the front runners to remain just so, the middle of the pack may start to become much more competitive and may at least see some other teams make their way onto a podium finish.