Italian Grand Prix LIVE
– Lewis Hamilton holds a 47-point lead at the top of the driver championship
– Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have both struggled for pace at Monza with Ferrari
– Valtteri Bottas will want to get off to a fast start to try and close the gap to his Mercedes team-mate
– Express Sport has live updates throughout the Italian Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix LIVE
Hamilton now up into the points after passing Raikkonen with Perez just ahead of him. Is this a strange example of what a reverse grid race would look like?
But for now it’s all about the battle at the front now. Gasly is just 2 seconds ahead with Sainz gaining every lap.
Hamilton has 10 laps to try and work his way through the field now. He’s up in 12th and Mercedes think he could get up to sixth.
Lewis Hamilton gets past Alex Albon and now he’s got Russell and Grosjean just in front of him.
Sainz is slowly catching Gasly out in front. Bottas struggling to get past Norris. Anybody else able to keep up?
Gasly still leads ahead of Raikkonen but Sainz gets the move on the veteran! Brilliant driving from the two into the first chicane.
Disaster for Red Bull now! Max Verstappen would have had a huge opportunity to take advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty but he’s OUT!
Clean start from everyone and Raikkonen is up there battling like the days of old!
Hamilton into the pits and he’ll go to the back of the pack.
This is going to be absolutely bonkers! Hamilton will go to the back of the pack with his penalty with the top three going to be Stroll, Gasly and Raikkonen. All set for a fascinating finish!!
And the race is red flagged. Marshalls have a lot of debris they need to clear from the track.
LEWIS HAMILTON HANDED 10 SECOND PENALTY! That will likely put him right at the back of the pack!
HUGE CRASH!! Charles Leclerc smashes into the tyre wall at the final corner.
What drama that safety car has caused! Lewis Hamilton could well get a penalty for pitting when the pit lane was supposedly closed.
Carlos Sainz had played by the rules and he ended up back in eighth.
Now Kevin Magnussen is out. He pulls over on the side of the road. And the safety car is out! A lifeline for Bottas
Lewis Hamilton already has this race sewn up. He’s 10 seconds clear of Sainz. A nice leisurely drive for the six-time world champion around Monza then.
Nightmare for Sebastian Vettel! The Ferrari driver is slowing down and he smashes into the polystyrene marker boards at the first chicane!
He’s on the radio saying his brake line has EXPLODED! That’s his race over.
Plan B for Bottas now but he’s already 7 seconds behind Hamilton and that’s increasing with every lap.
Elsewhere, both Ferrari drivers failed to move up with Leclerc in 13th and Vettel 17th.
Bottas complaining of a puncture on team radio but it looks as though he’s going to stay out. What a dreadful start for Bottas!
Dreadful start for Bottas as Carlos Sainz gets off to a better start and he drops even further behind Lando Norris!
Lewis Hamilton way out in front and Bottas slips even further to behind Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo with Max Verstappen now on his tail.
LIGHTS OUT AND AWAY WE GO!
2:05pm: I know fans haven’t been at any F1 race so far this season but it’s certainly sad to see no Tifosi at Monza this year.
Although, Ferrari might actually be glad they’re not after an embarrassing qualifying result.
13:55pm: It’s set to be an emotional day for Williams with this being the Williams’ final F1 weekend.
Sir Frank Williams has had a huge impact on the sport throughout his time in F1 and his influence was praised by Lewis Hamilton.
“I’m a big fan of Sir Frank and his incredible contribution to the sport,” said Hamilton, the six-time F1 champion and 2020 leader. “He was always so positive to me and was one of the people I respected most here.
13:50pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport’s live blog for the Italian Grand Prix!
Lewis Hamilton once again holds the advantage over Valtteri Bottas at the famous Monza track with Max Verstappen struggling in qualifying.
But it was a disaster for Ferrari with Charles Leclerc starting in 13th and Sebastian Vettel further back in 17th.
Top 10 grid: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly
Published at Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:53:00 +0000