Charles Leclerc has scored his second win in as many races after soaking up race-long pressure from the Mercedes drivers at Monza.
The Ferrari driver delivered the team’s first home victory for nine years despite being pushed hard by Lewis Hamilton in the opening stages. Hamilton renewed his attack after the pair made their pit stops, and Leclerc was shown the black-and-white flag at one stage after the pair clashed at the Della Roggia, but the Ferrari driver stayed ahead.Valtteri Bottas took second place off his team mate when Hamilton went wide at the chicane, and took up the pursuit of Leclerc’s hard-tyred Ferrari. But a mistake by Bottas at the Rettifilio with three laps to go spelled the end of his attempt to pass the Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel threw his race away when he spun at Ascari early on. He then compounded his error by pulling onto the track in front of Lance Stroll, hitting the Racing Point, and earning himself a 10-second stop-go penalty for the potentially dangerous incident. Stroll also pulled onto the track in front of Pierre Gasly and collected a drive-through penalty.
The Renault drivers capitalised on Vettel’s error and the compromised starting positions of the Red Bulls. Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth having passed team mate Nico Hulkenberg early on.
Alexander Albon took sixth place for Red Bull despite picking up a five-second time penalty for gaining an advantage by leaving the track. Max Verstappen recovered from a first-lap collision which damaged his front wing to take eighth, crossing the line close behind Sergio Perez.
Antonio Giovinazzi scored his best F1 result to date with ninth place, after team mate Kimi Raikkonen was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for starting on the wrong tyres. Lando Norris claimed the final point after his team mate Carlos Sainz retired.
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2019 Italian Grand Prix reaction
- Raikkonen: Singapore can’t be any worse after “s*** weekend” in Monza
- Leclerc black-and-white flag precedent will lead to more collisions – Wolff
- Leclerc: Win would have been easier with support from Vettel
- Stroll: Vettel’s penalty shouldn’t have been harsher than mine
- Hamilton: Younger drivers “get away with a lot more”