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Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, battles with Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19
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Formula 1 Italian GP
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Why Sainz was able to make F1's 2023 Italian GP as good as it was

Pole position on Ferrari's home turf set up a thrilling Italian Grand Prix for Carlos Sainz. Although he couldn't deny Max Verstappen his history-making 10th victory in succession, the Spaniard's thrilling duels with the eventual winner, Sergio Perez and his own team-mate Charles Leclerc will live long in the memory

“Car-los! Car-los! Car-los!” Simple, but effective. The Tifosi’s cheers for Monza third-place finisher Carlos Sainz rather drowned out the Dutch and Austrian national anthems being played to celebrate the actual winner of Formula 1’s 2023 Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen might have achieved a unique piece of F1 history with his record-setting 10th consecutive win, but he is so remarkable it has almost become unremarkable. Sainz was this race’s clear star.

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