F1 Fans Tastefully Pick the Best Race of the 2021 Season

Published 01/10/2022, 9:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race on the podium REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The 2021 F1 season saw some of the most thrilling races in quite some time. The races were filled with drama, controversy, thrill, and pure excitement for everyone involved. Admittedly, it is a hard task to pick the best race of the season, with so many good races in the year. But F1 fans picked the 2021 Italian Grand Prix as their favorite race of the 2021 season.

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According to Formula1.com, the 52,000 fans gave the race in Monza the win over the dramatic season finale. The other races which were on the list were Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, Baku, and Hungary.

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I don’t think any of us expected that: F1 Italian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo

The race in Monza was filled with drama throughout the weekend. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row in Friday qualifying. But at the start of the sprint race, Hamilton got a poor start and dropped to P5 from P2.

Verstappen started the main race on pole position after Bottas went to the back of the grid because of his engine penalty. But it was McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo who jumped Max on the start and took the P1 position.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

During the race, Max had a really slow stop that changed the complexion of the race. He came out behind Lando Norris who was net P3. Hamilton too had a slow stop and he too came behind Norris. But in a wheel-to-wheel incident in Turn 1, Max and Lewis crashed out of the race.

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From then on, after the safety car, Ricciardo and Norris brought home McLaren‘s first 1-2 in 11 years.

“It was never a guarantee we would lead the whole race, but I was able to hold firm out front the first stint. I don’t think we had like mega speed, but it was enough to keep, obviously, Max behind.

To lead literally from start to finish, I don’t think any of us expected that. I don’t know there was something in me on Friday. I knew something good was to come, so let’s just say that,” said Daniel Ricciardo.

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The race deservedly won the title of the best race of 2021 and will surely live long in the memories of the fans.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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