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Bottas Secures P3 at 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Bottas Secures P3 at 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas claimed an impressive podium at the Italian Grand Prix, fighting back from P20 with a number of smart overtakes to cross the line in P4 before being awarded P3 following a time penalty for Sergio Perez. The result helped the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team (362.5 points) maintain its lead over Red Bull (344.5 points) in the Constructors’ Championship.

Lewis Hamilton suffered his first DNF of the season after a collision with Max Verstappen on lap 26 of 53. Verstappen attempted a pass on the inside of turn two, making contact with Hamilton and sending both cars into the gravel. Both drivers were forced to retire, and Verstappen was awarded a three-grid place penalty for the next event by the Stewards shortly after the race as a result.

Verstappen (226.5 points) narrowly leads the Drivers’ Championship from Hamilton (221.5) and Bottas in P3 (141 points).

“Starting from the back is never easy, and in the end, I am glad we got more points than Red Bull today, especially considering where we were before the race,” said Bottas. “Now we need to look ahead, and I hope to carry this momentum into Russia, a track where I’ve done well in the past.”

The F1 season resumes at the Russian Grand Prix on September 26. Live coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

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