After a controversial Q3 Qualifying, the grid was set as were the fans for a spectacular outcome. Error one came as Raikkonen starting the race from pit lane had a different tyre on his car and had to take a penalty early in the race.
With only three DNF this race in Monza the tyres were holding out for most of the drivers so errors came from hitting the curbs. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll came off worse to finish 12th and 13th respectively. Vettel lost the rear and took to the grass, then re-entered the circuit causing Lance Stroll to go off into the grass on the following corner. Stroll re-entered the track causing Gasly to head towards the barriers as both Stroll and Vettel were given penalties.
The stewards penalised Stroll as many felt that was out of order considering he was pushed off by Vettel. As the stewards were reviewing a larger than usual number of incidents we saw the Leclerc Ferrari gain an advantage under pressure from Lewis Hamilton. Leclerc cut the first chicane returning to the track holding his position ahead of Hamilton. It was an advantage not penalised. Leclerc was shown the bad sportsmanship black and white flag early in the race. As Lewis said “the new generation get away with a lot more”. He confirmed he learnt a lot today and will remember when he needs to use or do it to gain the advantage.
Hamilton confirmed it’s no slagging match it’s a matter they can discuss behind closed doors.
Towards the closing stages we saw Bottas overtake his teammate Hamilton to have a go at chasing Ferrari down for the win. Well that was not to be as lock-ups and lack of pace was no show at all.
Renault did well to finish 4th and 5th as they keep their noses clean and managed tyre selection very well to end their Monza in real good shape before Singapore.
Red Bull are the true battlers this season with accidents or errors they still manage to end their race with greater respect. Alex Albon took 6th with Max taking 8th so they can head back to Milton Keynes feeling better than how things panned out over the weekend.
Giovinazzi did well to show the team bosses he is worthy of a 2020 drive. His selection of soft to medium tyres was the perfect race strategy.
Next race is in Singapore on 19-21 September.
|6||23||Alexander Albon||RED BULL RACING HONDA||53||+59.315s||8|
|7||11||Sergio Perez||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||53||+73.802s||6|
|8||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||53||+74.492s||4|
|9||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||52||+1 lap||2|
|10||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN RENAULT||52||+1 lap||1|
|11||10||Pierre Gasly||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||52||+1 lap||0|
|12||18||Lance Stroll||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||52||+1 lap||0|
|13||5||Sebastian Vettel||FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|14||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||52||+1 lap||0|
|15||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|17||88||Robert Kubica||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||51||+2 laps||0|
|NC||20||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||43||DNF||0|
|NC||26||Daniil Kvyat||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||29||DNF||0|
|NC||55||Carlos Sainz||MCLAREN RENAULT||27||DNF||0|
Note – Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.