Italian Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

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    From the rise and falls of Spa, Formula One travels to the legendary straights of Monza, as the championship arrives at the Italian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog from 10pm AEST.

    Just seven points separate Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the title, as the attention this weekend is all on Ferrari, for what is their home race in front of their Tifosi.

    Monza is a test of power and the teams with the stronger power-unit have been successful in the past during this hybrid era of Formula One. In fact, Mercedes AMG have not been beaten in Italy since 2014.

    The long straights of the 3.7km circuit will expose the weaker power-units, such as the Renault and the Honda – while Mercedes and Ferrari should match each other across the 53-laps.

    A delayed qualifying due to torrential conditions, saw Hamilton become the all-time pole scorer in Formula One, having achieved the 69th of his career – surpassing Michael Schumacher now.

    Regardless of qualifying second and third in the wet, both Red Bull cars will be starting the race from the rear with grid penalties with changes of power-units for both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

    This moves rookie Lance Stroll up to make the first front-row start of his career, whilst Esteban Ocon lines up an impressive third for Force India.

    An unfortunate seventh and eighth for Ferrari becomes fifth and sixth, though it will be Kimi Räikkönen who leads Vettel off the grid.

    With the weather looks set to be dry for the race, the pressure is firmly on Ferrari to pull the rabbit out of the hat and win at home for the first time since 2010.

    Both Hamilton and Vettel share three wins apiece at this circuit, with the German having experienced the delight of triumphing for an Italian team in the form of Toro Rosso in 2008.

    Will this be another romp for Hamilton, or can the jumble to the grid provide a cracking race, that could change the landscape of this championship?

    Tune into The Roar from 10pm AEST for lap-by-lap commentary and live blog coverage of the Italian Grand Prix.

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    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:49pm | ! Report

      That concludes the European leg of the championship and it is hard to think that there are only 7 more races to go in the 2017 title race.

      Tune in again on The Roar in a fortnight’s time, when Formula One head to the Far East for the Singapore Grand Prix.

      Until then, thanks again for joining in on this live blog and I shall return for Singapore.


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      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:46pm | ! Report

      ——– DRIVER’S ——–

      238 – Lewis Hamilton
      235 – Sebastian Vettel
      197 – Valtteri Bottas
      144 – Daniel Ricciardo
      138 – Kimi Räikkönen
      68 — Max Verstappen
      58 — Sergio Perez
      55 — Esteban Ocon
      36 — Carlos Sainz
      34 — Nico Hulkenberg
      31 — Felipe Massa
      24 — Lance Stroll
      24 — Romain Grosjean
      11 — Kevin Magnussen
      10 — Fernando Alonso
      5 — Pascal Wehrlein
      4 — Daniil Kvyat
      1 — Stoffel Vandoorne
      0 — Jolyon Palmer
      0 — Marcus Ericsson
      0 — Antonio Giovinazzi
      0 — Jenson Button

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:45pm | ! Report

      —– CONSTRUCTOR’S —–

      435 – Mercedes AMG
      373 – Scuderia Ferrari
      212 – Red Bull Racing
      113 – Force India Mercedes
      55 — Williams Mercedes
      40 — Scuderia Toro Rosso
      35 — Haas Ferrari
      34 — Renault Sport
      11 — McLaren Honda
      2 — Sauber Ferrari

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:45pm | ! Report


      On the weekend that he became the all-time pole position scorer in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton claimed a supreme victory at the Italian Grand Prix, to for the first time in 2017 take the lead of the championship.

      The Briton became the first winner to take back-to-back victories also this season, having been untroubled from the start to the chequered flag, to beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas by over 4-seconds.

      A forlorn Sebastian Vettel rounded out the podium in third, having been threatened by the charging Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo on the supersoft tyres near the end of the race.

      The German finished a staggering 30-plus seconds behind the two Silver Arrows, in what was a crushing defeat for
      Ferrari at their home grand prix.

      It was a lonely finish in fifth for Kimi Räikkönen, as the Ferrari driver was unable to trouble the leading quartet.

      Ricciardo’s stellar drive, saw the Aussie scythe through the field from sixteenth on the grid, having copped grid penalties pre-race. The Red Bull driver started the race on the soft tyre and made a late pit-stop for the quicker, supersoft compound.

      The remainder of the points paying positions were sealed out by the Force Indias, Williams cars and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in tenth.

      Esteban Ocon headed Lance Stroll in sixth, after the pair started third and second respectively. Felipe Massa was a close eighth behind his Williams teammate, despite early grief with Verstappen – which saw the Dutchman’s Red Bull sustain damage.

      It was another weekend to forget for McLaren, who had both their cars retire from the race with power-unit difficulties. Having come into the race with severe grid penalties, Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso were once again toothless.

      There was further agitation however from Alonso, who as well as being frustrated with his car – came to blows with Jolyon Palmer again, after their skirmish at Spa.

      The Renault driver was penalised 5-seconds, after he went off track and gained an advantage at Turn 5 over the McLaren. Though ultimately the Briton was forced to retire from the race with mechanical woes.

      Hamilton’s win has earned him a 3-point lead over Vettel in the championship, going forward to races which are being said to favour Ferrari – in particular Singapore.

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:37pm | ! Report


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      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:37pm | ! Report

      PODIUM INTERVIEWS – Hosted by Martin Brundle & Jean Alesi

      HAMILTON – “The team did an exceptional job this weekend.” “Mercedes power is better than Ferrari power this weekend.”

      BOTTAS – “Like with Lewis, the start was tricky.” “I kept my head down.” “Perfect result for us as a team.”

      VETTEL – “It was entertaining, quite good fun.” “We were a bit isolated and didn’t have the pace of the leaders today.”

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:23pm | ! Report


      1 L. Hamilton
      2 V. Bottas
      3 S. Vettel
      4 D. Ricciardo
      5 K. Räikkönen
      6 E. Ocon
      7 L. Stroll
      8 F. Massa
      9 S. Perez
      10 M. Verstappen
      11 K. Magnussen
      12 D. Kvyat
      13 N. Hulkenberg
      14 C. Sainz
      15 R. Grosjean
      16 P. Wehrlein
      RET F. Alonso
      RET M. Ericsson
      RET S. Vandoorne
      RET J. Palmer

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:20pm | ! Report


      The Briton takes the lead of the championship for the first time in 2017 also.

      VALTTERI BOTTAS completes the one-two finish for Mercedes AMG, claiming second.

      Whilst SEBASTIAN VETTEL finishes a lonely third for Ferrari, in front of the Tifosi.

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:18pm | ! Report

      Lap 53/53:

      Doesn’t look though now that Ricciardo will be able to catch Vettel for an appearance on the podium, though he has once again put in a stellar drive to secure fourth.

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