Lewis Hamilton dominated the Italian Grand Prix weekend, taking his 59th career victory and 69th pole position. The latter, of course, is a new all-time record for any driver in the history of Formula One.
Hamilton’s victory means he is alone at the top of the points standing for the first time since this point last season. However Sebastian Vettel is only three points behind with up to 175 still available.
As has been the case since the V6 hybrid turbo era began, Mercedes were untouchable at Monza. No other team has led a lap at this track since 2014, and Mercedes finished first and second for the third time in four years. At the chequered flag the closest non-Mercedes was 36 seconds behind.
The only session not headed by a Mercedes was final practice, where just seven drivers set times in extremely wet conditions.
Just how wet was it? Felipe Massa set the quickest time with a 1’40.660, which was the slowest session-topping lap seen at Monza since Jacques Laffite took pole for the 1976 race with a lap of 1’41.35. This was the first year after the addition of the chicane before Lesmo.
Hamilton’s pole was his eighth this year, meaning he needs just one more from the remaining seven races to win the pole position trophy again. It was also his sixth in the Italian Grand Prix which is a new record, one more than Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio. This was Hamilton’s fourth win in the Italian Grand Prix, meaning he can equal Michael Schumacher’s record of five next year.
The exact order of the grid was a matter of considerable confusion owing to the large number of penalties imposed. Nine drivers shared a total of 150 places of grid penalties. This is the second-highest number of penalties seen at a race: at Monza two years ago 168 places of grid penalties were applied.
The penalties cost Red Bull what would have been their strongest starting positions of the year with second and third for Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Lance Stroll inherited Verstappen’s place on the front row and broke his record for being the youngest driver to start there by 23 days.
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Second place on the grid for Stroll was a huge improvement on his average starting position of 14.8 prior to Monza. He lowered the record for youngest front row starter to 18 years and 314 days.
Esteban Ocon also achieved his best starting position to date with third. Inevitably he and Stroll slipped back in the race, which allowed Vettel to finish on the podium for the tenth time this year.
They were also demoted by Daniel Ricciardo who made up 12 places from his starting position to finish fourth. This is the third-highest climb by a driver this year, all of which have been achieved by Red Bull’s racers. Ricciardo made up 14 places from the start at Silverstone and Verstappen gained 13 at Shanghai. Hamilton, in contrast, finished where he started for the fourth race in a row.
Ricciardo also set the fastest lap of the race. This is the ninth of his career, putting him level with Denny Hulme, Ronnie Peterson and Jacques Villeneuve.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2017 F1 championship points
- 2017 F1 season records
- 2017 F1 race data
- 2017 F1 qualifying data
- 2017 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2017 F1 strategy and pit stops
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2017 Italian Grand Prix
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