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Ricciardo returns to form with a composed drive in a fast changing Italian Grand Prix 

MONZA. Daniel Ricciardo's eighth career win was a study in composure from lights to flag at the front of an action packed Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. The win moved him a modest three places up the Sports Annual ranking from P60 (battling Rubens Barrichello) to P57 (now on the tail of Felipe Massa). While only three drivers were taken one of the gaps he pushed through was significant ... it was enough of a buffer to hold him in position for some time to come. A happy day for the sport and McLaren followers in particular. 

 RANKED DRIVERS TABLE


P1. JM Fangio
2.125 rpw / 5.941 ppr
(51 starts / 24 wins / 319 points)


ALBERTO ASCARI TOOK A BIG CHUNK OUT OF HAMILTON'S LEAD AT MONZA. THE GAP WAS 0.07 BUT AFTER HIS CRASH WITH MAX IT STANDS AT JUST 0.04.

P2. Lewis Hamilton
2.828 rpw / 5.314 ppr
(280 starts / 99 wins / 1488 points)

P3. Alberto Ascari
2.461 rpw / 4.906 ppr
(32 starts / 13 wins / 157 points)

P4. Jim Clark
2.880 rpw / 4.153 ppr
(72 starts / 25 wins / 299 points)
 
P5. Michael Schumacher
3.373 rpw / 4.348 ppr

(307 starts / 91 wins / 1335 points)

P6. Alain Prost
3.902 rpw / 4.231 ppr
(199 starts / 51 wins / 842 points)

P7. Jackie Stewart

3.666 rpw / 3.909 ppr
(99 starts / 27 wins / 387 points)

P8. Ayrton Senna 

3.926 rpw / 4.024 ppr
(161 starts / 41 wins / 648 points)

P9. Stirling Moss

4.125 rpw / 3.090 ppr 
(66 starts / 16 wins / 204 points)


VETTEL HOLDS HIS LEAD OVER HILL. IT'S SUBSTANTIAL. IT'S NOT LOOKING IN DANGER DESPITE NO CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR BEING IN SIGHT FOR SEB.

P10. Sebastian Vettel
5.113 rpw / 3.808 ppr
(271 starts / 53 wins / 1032 points)


P11. Damon Hill 
5.227 rpw / 3.130 ppr
(116 starts / 22 wins / 360 points)

P12. Guiseppe Farina
6.660 rpw / 4.030 ppr
(33 starts / 5 wins / 133 points)

P13. Nigel Mansell
6.032 rpw / 2.679 ppr
(187 starts / 31 wins / 501 points)

P14. Tony Brooks
(6.333 rpw / 2.210 ppr
(38 starts / 6 wins / 84 points)


P15. Niki Lauda
6.840 rpw / 2.608 ppr 
171 starts / 25 wins / 446 points)


VERSTAPPEN'S CRASH WITH HAMILTON CAUSED FRICTION WITHIN THE SPORT BUT QUESTION MARKS MUST REMAIN ABOUT HIS ABILITY TO SUSTAIN WHEEL TO WHEEL COMBAT OVER ANY DISTANCE. FOR SURE HE HAS ONE LAP PACE, IS A RAIN MASTER, CAN MAKE A DIFFICULT CAR WORK AND DRAW A TEAM TO HIM IN THE WAY OF SCHUMACHER AND SENNA. BUT WHEEL TO WHEEL HE HAS SHOWN A PROPENSITY TO LACK COMPOSURE AND JUDGEMENT. HIS ZANDVOORT WIN MEANS HE HOLDS A HANDY LEAD OVER HAKKINEN HERE BUT NIKI LAUDA REMAINS, AFTER MONZA, IN A VERY DIFFERENT LEAGUE.

P16. Max Verstappen

7.823 rpw / 3.127 ppr
(133 starts / 17 wins / 416 points)

P17. Mika Hakkinen
8.050 rpw / 2.608 ppr 
(161 starts / 20 wins / 420 points)


P18. Nelson Piquet
8.869 rpw / 2.495 ppr
(204 starts / 23 wins / 509 points)

P19. Nico Rosberg

8.956 rpw / 2.412 ppr
(206 starts / 23 wins / 497 points)  


P20. Jack Brabham
9.000 rpw / 2.253 ppr
(126 starts / 14 wins / 284 points)

P21. James Hunt
9.200 rpw / 2.086 ppr
(92 starts / 10 wins / 192 points)


ALONSO CONTINUES TO BE A WILD CARD. HIS MASSIVE START COUNT AND POINTS MEANS HIS P22 HERE IS IN LITTLE DANGER.

P22. Fernando Alonso
10.187 rpw / 2.435 ppr
(326 starts / 32 wins / 794 points)


P23. Alan Jones
9.666 rpw / 1.879 ppr
(116 starts / 12 wins / 218 points)

P24. Jochen Rindt
10.000 rpw / 2.000 ppr
(60 starts / 6 wins / 115 points)

P25. Emerson Fittipaldi

10.285 rpw / 2.048 ppr
(144 starts / 14 wins / 295 points)

P26. Jody Scheckter

11.200 rpw / 2.366 ppr
(112 starts / 10 wins / 265 points)

P27. Peter Collins

10.666 rpw / 1.744 ppr
(32 starts / 3 wins / 55.8 points)

P28. Mario Andretti

10.666 rpw / 1.500 ppr
(128 starts / 12 wins / 192 points)

P29. Gilles Villeneuve

11.166 rpw / 1.686 ppr
(67 starts / 6 wins / 113 points)

P30. Carlos Reutemann

12.166 rpw / 2.219 ppr
(146 starts / 12 wins / 324 points)

P31. Froilan Gonzalez

13.000 rpw / 2.980 ppr
(26 starts / 2 wins / 77.5 points)

P32. Ronnie Peterson

12.300 rpw / 1.764 ppr
(123 starts / 10 wins / 217 points)

P33. Graham Hill

12.571 rpw / 1.750 ppr
(176 starts / 14 wins / 308 points

P34. Juan Pablo Montoya

13.428 rpw / 2.563 ppr
(94 starts / 7 wins / 241 points)

P35. Wolfgang von Tripps

13.300 rpw / 2.203 ppr
(27 starts / 2 wins / 59.5 points)

P36. Denny Hulme

14.000 rpw /2.285 ppr
(112 starts / 8 wins / 256 points

P37. Mike Hawthorn

15.000 rpw / 2.911 ppr
(45 starts / 3 wins / 131 points)

P38. Jackie Ickx

14.500 rpw / 1.655 ppr
(116 starts / 8 wins / 192 points)

P39. Peter Revson

15.000 rpw / 2.100 ppr
(30 starts / 2 wins / 63 points)

P40. Jacques Villeneuve

14.818 rpw / 1.349 ppr
(163 starts / 11 wins / 220 points)

P41. Phil Hill
16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr
(48 starts / 3 wins / 101 points)


KIMI DID NOT START MONZA. HIS P42 IS SAFE.

P42. Kimi Raikkonen
16.285 rpw / 2.233 ppr
(342 starts / 21 wins / 764 points)


P43. Piero Taruffi
18.000 rpw / 2.388 ppr
(18 starts / 1 win / 43 points)


BOTTAS DROVE A SOLID RACE TO GO FROM THE BACK OF THE GRID TO P3 HAVING WON THE SPRINT RACE ON SATURDAY. HIS LEAD OVER JOHN SURTEES WOULD APPEAR TO DEPEND ON THE LENGTH OF HIS CAREER ALTHOUGH HIS LEAD ON POINTS IS HUGE. 

P44. Valtteri Bottas
18.888 rpw / 2.694 ppr
170 starts / 9 wins / 458 points)

P45. John Surtees
18.500 rpw / 1.675 ppr
(111 starts / 6 wins / 186 points)

P46. David Coulthard
18.923 rpw / 1.894 ppr
(246 starts / 13 wins / 466 points)

P47. Jenson Button
20.400 rpw / 1.503 ppr
(306 starts / 15 wins / 460 points)

P48. Gerhard Berger
21.000 rpw / 1.871 ppr
(210 starts / 10 wins / 393 points)

P49. Dan Gurney
21.500 rpw / 1.593 ppr
(86 starts / 4 wins / 137 points)

P50. Rene Arnoux
21.285 rpw / 1.275 ppr
(149 starts / 7 wins / 190 points)

P51. Keke Rosberg
22.800 rpw / 1.456 ppr
(114 starts / 5 wins / 166 points) 

P52. Didier Pironi
23.333 rpw / 1.485 ppr
(70 starts / 3 wins / 104 points)

P53. Luigi Musso
24.000 rpw / 2.041 ppr
(24 starts / one win / 49 points)

P54. Mark Webber
23.888 rpw / 1.590 ppr
(215 starts / 9 wins / 342 points)

P55. Bruce McLaren
24.500 rpw / 2.061 ppr

(98 starts / 4 wins / 202 points)

P56. Felipe Massa
24.454 rpw / 1.420 ppr
(269 starts / 11 wins / 382 points)


VICTORY FOR THE POPULAR AUSTRALIAN. HE LED FROM LIGHTS TO FLAG ON PACE AND MERIT. HE WAS COMPOSED AND QUICK AND DROVE A TROUBLE FREE RACE AT THE FRONT HAVING GOT HIS HEAD AROUND HIS NEW McLAREN AT LAST. HOPING HIS PROBLEMS ARE SORTED. 

P57. Daniel Ricciardo
25.250 rpw / 1.467 ppr

(202 starts / 8 wins / 296.5 points)

P58. Jean-Pierre Jabouille
24.500 rpw / 0.469 ppr
(49 starts / 2 wins / 23 points

P59. Clay Regazzoni
26.400 rpw / 1.643 ppr
(132 starts / 5 wins / 217 points)

P60. Pedro Rodriguez
27.000 rpw / 1.351 ppr
(54 starts / 2 wins / 73 points)


P61. Rubens Barrichello
29.363 rpw / 1.554 ppr
323 starts / 11 wins / 502 points)

P62. Jacques Laffite
29.333 rpw / 1.329 ppr
(176 starts / 6 wins / 234 points)

P63. Ralf Schumacher 
30.000 rpw / 1.438 ppr
(180 starts / 6 wins / 259 points)

P64. John Watson 
30.500 rpw / 1.144 ppr
(152 starts / 5 wins / 174 points)

P65. Peter Gethin
30.000 rpw / 0.400 ppr
(30 starts / 1 win / 12 points) 

P66. Gunnar Nilsson
31.000 rpw / 1.032 ppr
(31 starts / one win / 32 points)
 

LECLERC IS COASTING ON WINS BUT BUILDING A HEALTHY POINTS AVERAGE RACE BY RACE. A SLOW SLOG JUST NOW.

P67. Charles Leclerc
36.000 rpw / 1.652 ppr
(72 starts / 2 wins / 119 points)

 
P68. Eddie Irvine
36.500 rpw / 1.315 ppr
146 starts / 4 wins / 192 points)

P69. Michele Alboreto

38.800 rpw / 0.989 ppr
(194 starts / 5 wins / 192 points)

P70. Maurice Trintignant

40.500 rpw / 1.065 ppr
(81 starts / 2 wins / 76 points)

P71. Lorenzo Bandini

42.000 rpw / 1.357 ppr
(42 starts / one win / 57 points)

P72. Riccardo Patrese

42.666 rpw / 1.113 ppr
(256 starts / 6 wins / 285 points)

P73. Francois Cevert

46.000 rpw / 1.956 ppr
(46 starts / one win / 90 points)

P74. Patrick Depailler

47.500 rpw / 1.505 ppr
(95 starts / 2 wins / 143 points)

P75. Jo Siffert

48.000 rpw / 0.708 ppr
(96 starts / 2 wins / 68 points)

P76. Innes Ireland

50.000 rpw / 0.960 ppr
(50 starts / one win / 48 points)

P77. Richie Ginther

52.000 rpw / 2.076 ppr
(52 starts / one win / 108 points)

P78. H.H Frentzen

52.000 rpw / 1.076
(156 starts / 3 wins / 168 points)

P79. Elio de Angelis

54.000 rpw / 1.168 ppr
(108 starts / 2 wins / 125 points)

P80. Johnny Herbert

53.666 rpw / 0.596 ppr
(161 starts / 3 wins / 96 points)

P81. Thierry Boutsen

54.333 rpw / 0.828 ppr
(163 starts / 3 wins / 135 points)

P82. Patrick Tambay
57.000 rpw / 0.921 ppr
(114 starts / 2 wins / 105 points)

P83. Carlos Pace
72.000 rpw / 0.819 ppr
(72 starts / one win / 59 points)

P84. Vittorio Brambilla

74.000 rpw / 0.256
(74 starts / one win / 19 points)


P85. Alessandro Nannini
76.000 rpw / 0.868
(76 starts / one win / 66 points)

P86. Giancarlo Fisichella

76.333 rpw / 0.851
(229 starts / 3 wins / 195 points)


A POOR GP OFF THE BACK OF A DAMAGED CAR. GASLY REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR. HIS P87 IS DOWN TO HIS LONE WIN. A SECOND WIN WILL ROCKET HIM UP THE GRID.

P87. Pierre Gasly

78.000 rpw / 0.544 ppr
(78 starts / one win / 42.5 points)

OCON COASTING NEWLY QUALIFIED HERE. 

P88. Esteban Ocon
81.000 rpw / 0.395 ppr
(81 starts / one win / 32 points)


P89. Jean-Pierre Beltoise
85.000 rpw / 0.882
(85 starts / one win / 75 points)

P90. Pastor Maldonado

95.000 rpw / 0.126 ppr
(95 starts / one win / 12 points)


ONCE REGARDED BY FERRARI AS A POTENTIAL GREAT ... HIS SIGNIFICANT CRASH INJURIES HAVE CLEARLY IMPEDED HIS RETURN TO FORM IN AN F1 CAR. 

P91. Robert Kubica
99.000 rpw / 1.111 ppr
(97 starts / one win / 110 points)


IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FROM THE MEXICAN.

P92. Sergio Perez 
102.500 rpw / 0.624 ppr
(205 starts / 2 wins / 128 points)


P93. Jo Bonnier
104 rpw / 0.384 ppr
(104 starts / one win / 40 points)

P94. Jochen Mass

105 rpw / 0.742 ppr
(105 starts / one win / 78 points)

P95. Heikki Kovalainen

111 rpw / 0.504 ppr
(111 starts / one win / 56 points)

P96. Olivier Panis

158 rpw / 0.430 ppr
(158 starts / one win / 68 points)

P97. Jean Alesi

201 rpw / 1.199 ppr
(201 starts / one win / 241 points)

P98. Jarno Trulli

252 rpw / 0.579 ppr
(252 starts / one win / 146.5 points)