In Summary
  • The championship heads to Singapore with Hamilton having a 63-point cushion over Bottas.
  • Verstappen is third, with just three points between him and Leclerc. The precocious Monegasque is now 13 points ahead of his more illustrious German teammate.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc became "Mr Invincible" at the Italian Grand Prix held on Sunday to make it a worthwhile visit for the massive Tifosi "army" that turned up at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza Circuit to cheer on their home team.

Leclerc sustained pressure from both Mercedes cars to take the chequered flag in a race in which Ferrari was expected to lead the charge.

The Italian Grand Prix is the fastest on the calendar which favours the Ferrari since its straight-line speed is something that the Mercedes only dreams of.

Only 0.047 of a second separated the top three, Leclerc and the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, after a chaotic qualifying session.

Four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, in the second Ferrari, was unable to partner his teammate for a front-row lockout and was fourth on the grid.

At the start, as is becoming customary when Leclerc snatches pole, the Monegasque made a brilliant get-away and ensured that Hamilton could not sneak in through the inside heading into Turn One.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg then passed fellow German, Vettel, during the first lap but the four-time world champion reclaimed fourth place soon after.

On the third lap, Albon fancied passing McLaren’s Carlos Sainz by braking later than the Spaniard.

This worked, momentarily, but then Sainz came back at Albon overtaking him at the fast Turn Six, coming into contact with the Red Bull in the process which forced Albon to go out wide and lose some positions.

On the sixth lap, Vettel spun and as he was trying to get back on track, he nearly took out SportPesa Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

It led to Stroll skidding off and in his attempt to recover, he also almost collided with the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly in similar fashion.

The Ferrari driver was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for rejoining the track unsafely.

He got into the pits on the 12th lap to serve it and when he came out, he got between third and fourth placed Bottas and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo respectively, who were one lap ahead of him.

For causing Gasly some inconvenience, Stroll was given a drive-through penalty. The penalties led to the odd outcome that even before the halfway mark of the race, Leclerc was leading while Vettel, in the same type of car, was last.

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