Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez come to blows

The 2023 Italian Grand Prix was full of drama, as Ferrari demonstrated excellent straight-line speed.

Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc almost finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza early, as the pair came close to colliding on lap 31.

The Mexican driver, battling to get on the podium, dipped his car into the gravel, as he attempted to pass the Monegasque on track.

While it initially appeared the pair made contact, they managed to escape unscathed, saving them from heading to the paddock before the end of the race.

“Desperate times, desperate moves and stout defending from Charles Leclerc,” David Croft, Sky Sports F1 commentator, said, as the Ferrari driver fought to keep the Red Bull behind him as long as possible.

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“Perez has great traction,” the commentator highlighted. “He’s trying to work out which way do I go – left, right, left, right.”

Just as it looked like Perez had the edge in their battle, Leclerc moved to hold him off, seeing the Mexican spray up dust in a bid to avoid disaster. 

“That could have ended very badly,” Croft exclaimed.

Perez initially complained over the radio, stating that he wasn’t being given any space by Leclerc. 

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The Mexican’s team reassured him swiftly over the radio that he has a “much faster car” and is “going to get him”

That message would prove very true, as moments after it was broadcast, Perez glided past Leclerc on the straight.

Perez would enjoy another overtake later in the race, moving past Carlos Sainz, despite the Spaniard’s valiant efforts to deliver a Red Bull 1-2.

The race was not just special for Red Bull due to their impressive show of dominance but because, by taking victory, Max Verstappen made history.

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Crossing the line six seconds ahead of his teammate, Verstappen grabbed his 10th consecutive victory, making history for the most consecutive wins in a single season.

Red Bull are clearly on for the Constructors’ title this season with that result, while Verstappen grew his clear lead in the Drivers’ race to 145 points.

Depending on the result in Singapore and around the Suzuka circuit, Verstappen could potentially claim the title by Japan.