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How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Alonso: Verstappen and Hamilton "both did what they should do" in clash

Fernando Alonso reckons both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen did "what they should do" in their clash during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Ocon disagrees with Monza F1 penalty for Vettel move

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was left frustrated after getting a penalty for forcing off Sebastian Vettel in Monza, arguing a similar incident in 2019 was left unpunished.

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

FIA insists Red Bull was warned over Perez's Monza F1 penalty

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has disputed Red Bull’s claims that it wasn’t contacted over Sergio Perez giving a place back to Charles Leclerc in the Italian Grand Prix.

10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1’s triple-header concluded with an Italian Grand Prix packed with intrigue and action at Monza last weekend. Autosport picks out the key talking points including the return of the sprint race, Daniel Ricciardo’s and McLaren’s return to the top and the latest flashpoint between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Ricciardo: Monza F1 win was mine before Hamilton/Verstappen crash

Daniel Ricciardo reckons he had victory in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix victory sewn up before Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race.

Autosport Podcast: Italian GP review

Formula 1’s latest triple-header ended in dramatic and controversial fashion at the Italian Grand Prix, as Daniel Ricciardo led a McLaren 1-2 while Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed.

Norris: Verstappen/Hamilton clash put me off fighting Ricciardo

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris admitted that seeing Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crash in Monza discouraged him from thinking about attacking teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the win.

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

How the halo's London bus load requirement saved Hamilton

As Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided at Monza's Variante del Rettifilo during the Italian Grand Prix, it proved to be another win for Formula 1's halo device.

Portimao added to F1 2021 video game in first major update

Portimao has been added to the F1 2021 video game in the first major update for this year’s edition of Formula 1’s official title.

Mercedes: Red Bull chiefs knew Verstappen in the wrong in crash with Hamilton

Red Bull's senior management knew from the off that Max Verstappen was to blame for his crash with Lewis Hamilton at Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix, reckons Mercedes.

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Hamilton: Verstappen penalty for Italian GP crash sets “important precedent”

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen’s penalty for causing their crash at the Italian Grand Prix sets an ‘important precedent’ for protecting the safety of Formula 1 drivers in the future.

Norris: McLaren deserved "incredible" Monza F1 win

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says the team fully deserved its first win since 2012 after finishing second behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton "surprised" Verstappen didn't check on him after Monza F1 crash

Lewis Hamilton says he found it "surprising" that Max Verstappen walked away from their crash in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix without checking that he was uninjured.

Verstappen gets penalty for F1 Italian GP incident with Hamilton

Max Verstappen will take a three-place grid drop for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix after stewards said he was to blame for the crash with Lewis Hamilton at Monza.

Wolff: Halo definitely saved Hamilton’s life in Verstappen accident

Toto Wolff says the halo cockpit protection device “definitely” saved Lewis Hamilton’s life in his accident with Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen at Monza on Sunday.

Horner: Verstappen and Hamilton Italian GP crash a "racing incident"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says the Italian Grand Prix collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was a "racing incident".

Wolff calls Verstappen move on Hamilton a ‘tactical foul’ in Italian GP crash

Toto Wolff believes Max Verstappen’s move on Lewis Hamilton was a “tactical foul” after seeing the Formula 1 title rivals crash for the second time this year at Monza.

Verstappen says Hamilton left him with nowhere to go in Italian GP crash

Max Verstappen has blamed Lewis Hamilton squeezing him out across the kerbs at the first chicane at Monza as the trigger for their crash in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Verstappen knew what would happen ahead of Monza crash

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen knew "what was going to happen" before their crash in Sunday's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix that eliminated both title contenders from the race.

Ricciardo ‘lost for words’ after ending McLaren win drought in Italian GP

Daniel Ricciardo felt “lost for words” after scoring a shock Formula 1 victory for McLaren in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, ending both his and the team’s win droughts.

F1 Italian GP: Ricciardo leads McLaren 1-2, Verstappen and Hamilton collide

Daniel Ricciardo won Formula 1’s 2021 Italian Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton clashed twice and both retired following a dramatic crash at Monza’s first chicane.

Hamilton and Verstappen crash set for post-Italian GP investigation

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are to face a post-race investigation at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix following another crash between the title protagonists at Monza.

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Ricciardo: McLaren can “shake things up” to target Italian GP “glory”

Daniel Ricciardo reckons McLaren has a chance to ‘shake things up’ in Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, as he senses a chance to go for glory.

Gasly to start Italian GP from pitlane after taking new power unit

Pierre Gasly will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix from the pitlane after his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team opted to take a complete new power unit, including one specification change.

Williams: F1 helmet cam information capturing is "not ideal"

Williams says George Russell’s Italian Grand Prix driver’s-eye helmet camera is “not ideal” because of the information it captures but it happily runs the technology for Formula 1’s overall benefit. 

Aston Martin: F1 reverse grid sprints a "slippery slope" to F2

Formula 1 risks being put on a "slippery slope to becoming F2" if it pushes through with the idea of reverse grid sprint races, says Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer.

F1 Italian Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch & more

Max Verstappen will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Sainz lost confidence after "weird" Monza F1 practice crash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr admits he lost confidence following a “weird” crash in the FP2 session before Saturday’s Italian Grand Prix sprint race at Monza.

Hamilton explains 2mm error that led to poor sprint race start

Lewis Hamilton says a “subtle” misjudgement with his clutch paddle led to the poor start in Monza’s Saturday Formula 1 sprint race that resigned him to a fifth-place finish.

Alonso suggests return of one-shot qualifying to help F1 sprint races

Fernando Alonso believes a return to one-shot qualifying could help improve the action in Formula 1’s sprint race weekends by changing the “natural order” of the cars.

Verstappen not expecting "straightforward and easy" Italian GP against Mercedes

Max Verstappen says Formula 1 fans should not "expect it to be a very straightforward and easy" Italian Grand Prix for Red Bull, because of Mercedes's Monza pace so far.

Brawn defends Monza F1 sprint race, saying it had "plenty of action"

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has defended the championship's new sprint race format after the second of three planned experiments in Italy.

Bottas: Not getting official Monza 2021 F1 pole stat "annoying"

Valtteri Bottas says not getting Formula 1’s official 2021 Italian GP pole statistic – despite topping qualifying and winning the sprint race – due to a grid penalty is “annoying”.

Perez: "Very boring" F1 sprint races "don't bring anything"

Sergio Perez believes Formula 1’s sprint races are “very boring” for both drivers and fans, and don’t “bring anything” to the series in their current format.

Red Bull: Engine derating behind Hamilton struggles in Italian GP sprint

Red Bull suspects that Lewis Hamilton’s struggle to recover in the Italian Grand Prix sprint race was caused by engine derating.

Hamilton expects Verstappen Monza walkover after bad sprint start

Lewis Hamilton expects Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen to score an “easy win” in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix after inheriting pole from Saturday sprint race winner Valtteri Bottas.

F1 Italian GP sprint race: Bottas wins as Verstappen grabs pole, Hamilton fifth

Valtteri Bottas won Formula 1’s second sprint qualifying race at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen with Lewis Hamilton fifth after making a poor start from alongside Bottas.

Wolff: ‘Very strict and clear’ clauses in Albon’s contract protect Mercedes

Toto Wolff says there are “very strict and clear” clauses in Alex Albon’s Williams contract for 2022 to protect Mercedes’ Formula 1 power unit IP.

F1 Italian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in final practice as Sainz crashes

Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to a 1-2 finish in final practice for the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix on Saturday as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr crashed heavily at Ascari.

Piastri won't give up on "very slim" chances of 2022 F1 seat

Formula 2 championship leader Oscar Piastri says his chances of getting a Formula 1 seat in 2022 at Alfa Romeo are “very slim”, but “doesn’t want to give up hope”.

F1 Italian GP Live commentary and updates - FP2 & Sprint

Live updates from Saturday practice and the sprint race for the Italian GP at Monza.

Why Alonso's tyre gamble could inspire others in F1's Monza sprint

Fernando Alonso starred in Formula 1's first sprint race at the British Grand Prix with a bold soft tyre gamble. At F1's second sprint event at Monza, the Alpine driver's example might well inspire others to go for broke.

F1 team bosses call for safer solution to Monza qualifying issues

Formula 1 team bosses have called on series organisers to find a better way of managing traffic problems in qualifying at Monza, after pitlane near-misses at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo left with "internal rage" after Monza F1 qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo was left feeling “internal rage” at the small gaps to cars ahead in Friday evening qualifying at Monza, despite recording his best dry-weather McLaren Formula 1 qualifying result. 

F1 Italian GP sprint race: What time is it, how to watch it & more

Formula 1 will run its second sprint race this weekend at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. Find out when it starts, how to watch it, and more, here.

Aston Martin, Alpine fined for Italian GP qualifying pitlane incident

The Aston Martin and Alpine Formula 1 teams have been fined 5000 Euros each for the unsafe release of cars during qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

Horner praises Perez "sacrificing half a second" for Verstappen tow

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner has praised Sergio Perez for "sacrificing half a second" in Italian Grand Prix qualifying to give team-mate Max Verstappen a tow.

Mercedes won't employ pre-race team orders for Monza F1 sprint

Mercedes wants to let the start of Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix sprint race play out before it considers team orders between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Norris: Narrowly missing P3 in Monza F1 qualifying "sucks"

Lando Norris believes McLaren was quick enough for the top three in Formula 1 qualifying at Monza on Friday, saying finishing fourth “sucks” after narrowly losing out to Max Verstappen.

Bottas confident of "strong points" at Monza despite grid drop

Valtteri Bottas remains confident he can score "strong points" at Monza despite a grid drop set to leave him at the back of the Formula 1 grid on Sunday.

F1 Italian GP: Bottas beats Hamilton in Friday qualifying

Valtteri Bottas will start Formula 1’s second sprint qualifying race experiment from first place ahead of Lewis Hamilton, as Mercedes dominated Friday evening qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

Bottas set to start F1 Italian GP at the back after Mercedes engine change

Valtteri Bottas is set to start Sunday’s Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking a number of new power unit elements.

Mercedes considering Italian GP grid penalty to expand F1 power unit pool

Mercedes is considering taking an engine penalty at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in a bid to expand its pool of Formula 1 power units for the rest of the season.