The Washington Post

AUTO RACING

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A simmering battle in Formula One erupted in spectacula­r fashion as points leader Max Verstappen and defending champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, a race won by Mclaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.

As both Hamilton and Verstappen fought for position midway through the race, their cars came together in a move that could have seriously injured Hamilton. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff went as far as describing it as “a tactical foul” by Verstappen.

The stewards did decide, judging that Verstappen “was predominan­tly to blame for the collision.” They gave the Red Bull driver a three-place grid drop for the start of the next race, the Russian Grand Prix on Sept. 26. . . .

Alex Palou recovered from first-lap trouble at Portland Internatio­nal Raceway in Oregon to win for the third time this season and reclaim the Indycar points lead.

The victory put the Spaniard back on top of the standings for the ninth time in 14 races this season. The second-year Indycar driver had lost a 42-point lead in back-to-back races and came to Portland down 10 points to Pato O’ward. ...

Tommy Johnson Jr. won in the NHRA playoff opener as a substitute for Matt Hagan, beating John Force in the Funny Car final in Mohnton, Pa.

With Hagan recovering from covid-19, Don Schumacher Racing turned to the 53-year-old Johnson last week in Indianapol­is. On Sunday, he beat the 72-year-old Force with a 3.926-second pass at 330.23 mph for his 22nd career Funny Car victory.

Billy Torrence won in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Steve Johnson in Pro

Stock Motorcycle.

SAILING

Nathan Outteridge and Team Japan continued their mastery of light wind to win the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint Tropez and vault into the lead in Sailgp’s overall standings.

Outteridge beat U.S. skipper Jimmy Spithill and Spain’s Phil Robertson in the podium race to clinch his second regatta victory of the season.

Outteridge, an Olympic gold and silver medalist as well as an America’s Cup veteran, won in light air in Italy in early June.

With defending Sailgp champion Australia and Britain doing poorly in this regatta, there was a shake-up in the season standings. Japan vaulted into the lead with 37 points, followed by the United States (35), Australia (35), Britain (34), Spain (31), New Zealand (30), Denmark (28) and France (27).

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