Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Italian Grand Prix, leading from lights-to-flag for his 59th victory, his 39th from pole – to take back the lead in the championship for the first time this year.
The three-time Formula 1 World Champion cruised out front, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas moving up from fourth on the grid to second by lap four – after which he played rear-gunner, finishing 36-seconds ahead of a disappointed third-placed Sebastian Vettel, who never had the pace to challenge the Silver Arrows at Ferrari’s home race.
“Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power, so it worked well this weekend,” Hamilton said on the podium, further upsetting the passionate Italian crowd who only have eyes for the Prancing Horse.
Hamilton heads to Singapore three-points ahead of Vettel, with the championship battle wide open as the sport leaves the European season behind for the final seven races.
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Here’s how the 2017 FORMULA 1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX played-out lap-by-lap:
A truly exciting dry race awaits us, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leading the championship by seven points - but the German starting from sixth on the grid. And Hamilton, starting from pole position for the sixth time in Monza, his 69th time overall, finally passing Michael Schumacher for the all-time record. Starting on the front row is Williams’ Lance Stroll, who shone in the wet qualifying session yesterday - putting the team on the front row at Monza for the first time since 2004. The wet quail session saw more surprises with Force India’s Esteban Ocon starting from third. Will these two rookies get in the way of the Ferraris, with Kimi Raikkonen in P5 and Vettel P6.
There’s plenty of penalties: Alonso 35 places (starting 19th), Ricciardo 20 (starting 16th), Verstappen 20 (starting 13th), Sainz 10 (starting 15th), Hulkenberg 10 (starting 14th), Palmer 15 (starting 17th), Vandoorne 25 (starting 18th). Ricciardo was penalised a further 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change. Perez and Grosjean were also penalised 5 places for unscheduled gearbox changes.
We’ve got a dry race today, after an extended wet qualifying session yesterday - delayed for two hours after heavy rain. We won’t have to wait today, but will the teams be on top of the tyres? Will we see some mistakes with wet weather limiting practice through the weekend? We’re expecting a one-stop race for everyone (fastest is stop lap 25, switch from supersofts to softs), so the emphasis will be on drivers to get a good start and make up some places - and then get past via the undercut.
Verstappen, Ricciardo, Palmer, Alonso are starting on softs, all the rest are on supersofts - so a longer first stint for those drivers, perhaps a few more laps than those on the supersofts, stopping Lap 28.
Hamilton gets a great start, Stroll behind him - as Ocon moves up to P2. Raikkonen is side by side with Bottas. Perez has damage. Raikkonen gets ahead of Bottas into the second chicane. So it’s Hamilton, Ocon, Stroll, Raikkonen, Bottas, Vettel, Massa, Verstappen, Perez and Magnussen. Bottas gets Raikkonen for P4 into the parabolica. The two are side by side into the main straight, Bottas stays ahead.
Vettel stays P6, into Lap 2 - will we see the Ferraris switch position to give the German a better chance to get ahead? Bottas tries to get past Stroll into the Ascari chicane, can’t make it stick. Grosjean’s front wing has been damaged.
DRS enabled, as Hamilton sets the fastest lap. Bottas passes Stroll for P3 into the first corner. Verstappen has puncture and damage from tangle with Massa, on the inside of Turn 1. Vettel passes Raikkonen, so the Ferraris have switched.
It’s Hamilton, Ocon, Bottas, Stroll, and Vettel for the top-5. Bottas passes Ocon into Turn 1 and takes second place, so it’s a Mercedes one-two at the moment. Replays show Vettel passes Raikkonen at the second chicane. Verstappen pits for new front wing, and he’s out on track. Verstappen and Massa incident under investigation.
Replays show Raikkonen very careful through Turn 1, ensuring Bottas got a run on him out of the corner. Replays also show Ocon getting passed on the left down to Turn 1, impressive start. Bottas sets the fastest lap. Vettel has passed Stroll down on run down to Parabolica.
Hamilton has a 3.6 second lead, with Bottas behind. Ocon in P3 is 2-seconds adrift, with Vettel chasing him down - followed by Stroll in P5 and Raikkonen. Massa, Perez, Magnussen and Ricciardo make up the top-10.
Verstappen sets the fastest lap, on the supersofts - changed tyres during stop. Raikkonen goes straight on at first chicane, loses a bit of ground there. He now has Massa on his tail. Ricciardo has passed Magnussen for P9.
Vettel passes Ocon for P2 into Turn 1 - and goes up to P3. Ocon is still chasing the German. Raikkonen angrily asks if he has damage on the car. Vandoorne in P13 is chasing down Hulkenberg, 0.7 seconds the gap there.
Hamilton leads Bottas, with the Finn setting the fastest lap. Then it’s Vettel, Ocon, Stroll, Raikkonen, Massa, Perez, Ricciardo and Magnussen. Kvyat is in P11, followed by Hulkenberg, Vandoorne, Sainz, Alonso, Palmer, Ericsson, Wehrlein, Grosjean and Verstappen. Can Vettel, who is in clear air, catch Bottas? He’s 9-seconds adrift of Bottas.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:25.262. Ricciardo asked how the balance is, “slowly settling”. Hulkenberg pits, switches to softs. The stewards will take no further action on the Verstappen and Massa incident. The Mercedes’ are in their own league, almost the length of the straight ahead.
Hamilton sets another fastest lap, ahead of Bottas. Stroll in P5 is is chasing down Ocon, could we see him come back on the Frenchman?
Hamilton, leads Bottas - and Vettel in P3 is nowhere near Hamilton’s pace, half a second down on that last lap. Vettel is 8.4 seconds adrift of Bottas, with 3-seconds between the two Mercedes.
Stroll is keeping in touch with Ocon, using his DRS to great effect. Could this race further cement the Canadian’s reputation? Raikkonen is now complaining about oversteer in the rear end, says “I don’t know how to fix it!”
Hamilton leads Bottas, Vettel in third. Ocon and Stroll are squabbling for P4. Raikkonen in P6 is chasing down the pair ahead. Alonso and Palmer are fighting for P12, the Brit cuts the second chicane and Alonso complains.
Raikkonen in P6 is 0.3 seconds faster than Stroll ahead. Hamilton sets the fastest lap again, stretching his legs out front. Vandoorne in P11 is chasing down Kvyat, 0.4 seconds the gap.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, the Brit ahead of Bottas - and the pair well-ahead of Vettel. Raikkonen pits from P5, 3.7 second stop - switches to the softs. He comes out in P11, ahead of Palmer. Alonso complaining about Palmer’s move.
Ocon pits to respond to Raikkonen’s attempt to undercut, he switches to the softs. Ricciardo passes Perez into the second chicane, very impressive pass, traditional switchback - and up he goes into P6. Palmer under investigation for cutting the chicane and getting an advantage on Alonso. Ocon stays ahead of Raikkonen. Replays show the Sauber’s scrapping.
Stroll pits, 4.4 second stop very slow, issue with the left rear - moves onto the softs - and comes out behind Raikkonen, to go back into P11. Ricciardo told Massa is next - for P4, the Australian says “I like them vulnerable!”
Hamilton leads Bottas, despite his left hand side through the gravel. Vettel third - 15-seconds behind Bottas. Massa is P4, with Ricciardo and Perez, Kvyat, Vandoorne, Ocon and Raikkonen making up the top-10.
The two Mercedes are going through traffic. Ricciardo has made up 11 places since start. Palmer has been given a 5-second time penalty, which Alonso cries out “that’s a joke!” Alonso is not holding back over the team radio.
Hamilton leads Bottas by 4.5 seconds, Vettel 12-seconds adrift, Massa 15 seconds behind the German in P4. Ricciardo is chasing Massa hard, less than a second between them. Ocon passes Vandoorne for P7 into Turn 1. Raikkonen passes Vandoorne into the second chicane.
Stroll attacks Vandoorne into the parabolica, makes the move into Turn 1. Massa pits for softs, drops to P10.
This is a dominant show by the Mercedes, Bottas says tyres are fine. Hamilton could be turning his engine down, to save power. Ricciardo told to push, with the Australian now in clear air and Vettel ahead for a shot at the podium.
Ricciardo showing fastest in the speed trap, 220km/h. He’s pushing hard, with a sniff at the podium. Alonso again complains about Palmer: “What a joke, 5-seconds, what a joke!”
Massa and Vandoorne scrapping, Massa gets ahead at Turn 1 and is up to P9. Raikkonen in P7 is chasing down Ocon, getting close into Turn 1. But catching is one thing, getting past is another.
Hamilton leads Bottas, then Vettel, Ricciardo, Perez, Ocon, Raikkonen, Stroll, Massa and Vandoorne. Raikkonen is hunting down Ocon, and the Finn gets past round the outside at Turn 1 - and is up to P6. Great move. Ocon tries to come back into the second chicane, but can’t make it stick.
Hamilton leads Bottas by 5-seconds, Vettel 16-seconds behind - with the German saying the rears are struggling, so may be time to pit. Ricciardo in P4 is 13-seconds behind Vettel. Verstappen in P16 is chasing down Sainz.
The Mercedes’ are continuing to go through traffic. Stroll in P8 is chasing down Ocon ahead.
Verstappen pits, 2.7 second stop - goes back onto the supersofts, back in P18 now. The Stroll/Ocon battle is getting more and more intense, looks like Stroll might get him in the next few laps.
Stroll is getting much closer to Ocon on this lap, tries into turn 1 - but can’t make it stick.
Ricciardo is the biggest mover, 12 positions made up since the start. Palmer told to box and retire the car. Verstappen sets the fastest lap. Alonso told to switch settings “go to G5”, the Spaniard angrily says his battery is empty.
Massa in P9 is now behind Stroll, who’s chasing Ocon. Will we see the Williams start to squabble? Vettel pits from P3, switches to the softs. 2.5 second stop, comes out in P4 behind Ricciardo and ahead of Perez.
Hamilton pits from the lead, 2.5 second stop - switches to the softs to cover off Vettel’s undercut, drops to P2. So Bottas now leads this race, but is yet to stop. Perez pits, switches to softs - 4.1 second stop, rear right causes slow stop comes back in P9.
Bottas pits from the lead, 2.2 second stop - ultra quick, switches to softs. He comes out behind Hamilton, with lapped cars in between. Verstappen and Alonso are fighting for P15, he takes it into the second chicane. Vandoorne is slowing, says “no power” - and is told to back off. He pits and retires from what was P11.
Verstappen passes Grosjean around the outside, but Grosjean locked up into Turn 1 - tagging the Haas, damaging his front wing.
Bottas showing strong pace, faster on three of the last four laps, 0.3 faster on the last one. Bottas sets the fastest lap. Hulkenberg in P11 is having to defend hard against Kvyat, the Russian passes him into turn 1. Clean move.
Kvyat and Hulkenberg continue to fight, but the Russian has his measure. Ricciardo in P3 pushing hard to try and cover off Ocon in P6 before his pit stop. 18 runners still in this race. Stroll coming under heavy pressure from Massa, shouting over the radio as team tells him to change settings on the steering wheel.
Ricciardo pits, switches to supersofts - 2.2 second stop. He gets ahead of Ocon, and goes to P5. Storming drive from the Australian, up from P16 on the grid. Alonso asks “Where’s Palmer?” He’s retired, he’s told. “Karma” he replies.
Ocon in P6, Stroll and Massa an exciting battle - as is Ricciardo chasing Raikkonen for P4 ahead. Ricciardo set the fastest first sector.
Vettel in P3 is 22 seconds adrift of Bottas, who is 5 seconds behind leader Hamilton. Ricciardo is hot on the heels of Raikkonen. Stroll locks his brakes hard into turn 1, trying to avoid a back marker - with Massa behind.
Stroll showing very impressive race craft. Hamilton sets another fastest lap. Will we see Ricciardo pass Raikkonen with DRS? He goes down the inside on Raikkonen into Turn 1 with a very bold move, no hesitation. The Australian goes up into P4. Ricciardo told Vettel ahead is slow, he can get him. Can he close down the German in the remaining laps?
Hamilton cool and calm out front, both him and Bottas going through traffic.
Ricciardo told his last lap, 1-second quicker than Vettel - big motivation to show up Vettel at Monza. Verstappen passes Sainz for P13 at the second chicane. Hamilton says he’s lost a bit of power on this lap.
It’s Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Ocon, Stroll, Massa, Perez and Magnussen closes out the top-10. Will we see the Williams swap places? Ricciardo sets the fastest lap, 9.7 seconds behind Vettel.
Hamilton cool, calm and collected out front - lifting and coasting with a solid advantage. Both Mercedes have turned down engines. Ricciardo in P4 is now just 8.7 seconds behind Vettel, but will he run out of laps?
Massa in P8 is still putting massive pressure on Stroll, now within DRS range - 0.7 seconds the gap. Verstappen passes Kvyat at Turn 1 for P11. Points up next if he can get past Magnussen ahead.
Verstappen passes Magnussen into Turn 1 for 10th. He’s now in the points. Magnussen complains that he was pushed off the track at the second chicane, where the pair dragged down to.
Magnussen in P11 defends against Kvyat. Ricciardo in P4 is 6.2 seconds behind Vettel - fastest lap for the Australian, but doesn’t look like he has enough pace to get him in time.
Magnussen complaining “that can’t be allowed” on his Verstappen tangle, with stewards investigating. Red Bull has told Ricciardo he’ll get Vettel on the last lap.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:23.542. he’s 4.9 seconds ahead of Bottas - who is 30-seconds ahead of Vettel. Ricciardo is now 5.7 seconds adrift of Vettel, setting the fastest lap in the bargain. Stroll in P7 is having to defend heavily against Massa. Stewards deem no further action between Verstappen and Magnussen.
It’s Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Ocon, Stroll, Massa, Perez and Verstappen in the top-10. Ricciardo is now 4.6 seconds behind Vettel. Ericsson, who is last, told to retire the car.
Alonso told to back-off and retire the car, for the second race in a row. Double retirement for McLaren. The Williams are in a Force India sandwich, with Ocon in P6, followed by Stroll, Massa and Perez.
Lap 53 – FINAL LAP:
Ricciardo’s pace has dropped off. Hamilton wins the Italian Grand Prix, becoming the first driver this season to take two-straight victories. Stroll manages to stay ahead of Massa with very heavy scrapping on the final lap.
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