Italian Grand Prix: Leclerc gives victory to Ferrari after nine years
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) has won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza! It’s the second F1 victory in a career for Leclerc and the first win for Ferrari in team’s home race since 2010.
The 21-year-old driver from Monaco started the race from pole and converted it into the victory, defending from late charge from Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes). Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) completed the podium and extended his lead in the championship.
With this victory, Leclerc becomes Ferrari’s driver number 1 because his teammate Sebastian Vettel scored no points. He spun early in the race, hit Lance Stroll when returning to the track and damaged front wing, then he had to serve stop-and-go penalty and finally he finished just 13th.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who started from the back of the grid, earned some valuable points with the 8th-place finish. Renault F1 Team recorded the best race so far in the season with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Nico Hulkenberg fifth. The other points scores are Alex Albon (Red Bull, 6th), Sergio Perez (Racing Point, 7th), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo, 9th) and Lando Norris (McLaren, 10th).
After fourteen races, the championship leader Lewis Hamilton has 284 points on his account, 63 more than Valtteri Bottas.
Max Verstappen is still third but his advantage on Charles Leclerc is just three points (185:182). Sebastian Vettel is fifth with 169 points.
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