The F1 Italian GP was an intense grand prix with plenty happening on track as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc made it two in two.
After some luckless runs early in the season, Leclerc bounced back in style in the second half with two poles and two wins in F1 Italian GP at Monza as he fended off Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in a race-long battle.
Hamilton actually lost to his teammate with Valtteri Bottas ending up second in a Mercedes 2-3. It was a solid outing for Renault as well with Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth from Nico Hulkenberg.
A recovery drive from Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon had him sixth with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in seventh ahead of Max Verstappen with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris in Top 10.
Here’s some key statistics and information from the F1 Italian GP weekend:
- Leclerc had his second career F1 win and first Italian GP. He is the ninth driver to have won their first two races consecutively and five of the other eight drivers to have done so are F1 champions.
- Ferrari had its 236th F1 win, 20th in Italy and first since 2010.
- Leclerc’s win helped him to move past Vettel in drivers’ standings to be fourth in the order.
- Hamilton scored his 146th F1 podium, Bottas his 41st podium and Leclerc his seventh.
- Leclerc scored his fourth F1 pole as Hamilton had his 44th fastest lap.
- Perez and Verstappen both gained 11 positions from their grid position with the former ending up seventh and the latter in eighth.
- Renault had their best race of the season, finishing fourth and fifth as they moved up to fifth in the standings. It is also their best points haul of 22 points since return as a team.
- Ricciardo also scored his best result for Renault in fourth. He jumped from 12th to eighth in the drivers’ standings.
- Giovinazzi had his second points finish to register a career best of ninth. He also became the first Italian to score a point at home since 2006 when Jarno Trulli scored.
- Albon has already finished twice ahead of Verstappen in two races with Pierre Gasly doing it only once in 12 races.
- Hamilton continued his consecutive points finish streak with 26 races now since the 2018 British GP. (This record stands provided the FIA doesn’t change the 2019 German GP results).
- Williams is the only team to have 100 percent finishing record, with Hamilton, Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen along with George Russell and Robert Kubica, the only drivers in the list.
- Three drivers retired from the race with Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen in the list.
- No driver outside of the Top 10 in qualifying started in the same position that they qualified in.
- Four drivers were given penalties to start at the back of the grid, and one to start from the pit lane.
- Six penalty points were given out during the race with three for Vettel, two for Lance Stroll and one for Albon. In overall count, Vettel now has nine penalty points and is three points from a race ban. His first points to be removed only comes on October 19. Stroll has seven points to his name with Albon only one.
- Hulkenberg, Stroll and Sainz were all given a reprimand for their actions in qualifying.
- Stroll reached Q3 for the first time this season.
- Raikkonen equaled Michael Schumacher in 308 entries.
The stats were compiled by Jack Elleker and Darshan Chokhani