Follow the latest updates live from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza where Lewis Hamilton will attempt to make it six wins from eight this season as he starts from pole position.
The six-time world champion is bidding to match Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles, and a victory today will take him a giant step closer towards achieving that honour, with the Mercedes driver already holding a 47-point advantage in the standings. He is also just two race wins away from Schumacher’s tally of 91 career victories, and should he triumph today, he could end up equalling that record next weekend.
His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas starts alongside him on the front row, but Hamilton’s nearest challenger in Max Verstappen will only start in fifth after the Red Bull qualified behind Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, leaving the Dutchman with plenty of work to do if he is to secure a podium finish on the high-speed track. Follow the live updates below.
Italian Grand Prix report
AlphaTauri driver takes the first win of his career after a red flag-affected race sees Lewis Hamilton finish down in seventh
"Honestly, it’s unbelievable. I’m not sure I know what’s happening right now. It was such a crazy race and we capitalised on the red flag.
e been through so much in the last 18 months, my first podium lst year I was like wow, nd with AlphaTauri, and now this.
I have no words, this team have done so much for me, they gave me my first drive in F1, they gave me my first podium and now they’ve given me my first win. Thank you to them and thank you to Honda.
“Olivier Panis was the last one and that’s something I’ve always said we need to change, but I never thought it would happen and with AlphaTauri. It’s so crazy, I’m so happy.”
"I’m halfway disappointed with P2, I wouldn’t believe that I got the chance to fight for victory, but in a normal race I think we’d have got P2 behind Lewis because we had good piece. But wow, look at Pierre out there and knowing it was there.
“Especially getting back from 06 to 02, chasing Pierre and finishing 0.4 behind, we need to be proud.”
"I am happy. It’s been a couple of years since I stood on a podium so I’m glad to be back, but I’m so happy for Pierre. He had a great start and was so consistent, he deserves it. I felt it was mine to lose in second at the start but I had a ton of wheelspin and lost a lot of position.
“It’s bizarre, you’ve got to reset and we’re not used to that intermission.”
What a race, what a finish! Pierre Gasly leads Sainz home by just 0.415s, but it’s enough to secure his first ever victory in F1 and he is DELIGHTED! Driver after driver comes to congratulate him in parc ferme, and Gasly may have already lost his voice from screaming on the radio. The team are there to celebrate with him, and boy are they happy.
Italian Grand Prix
PIERRE GASLY WINS THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX!
Gasly starts the final lap as Sainz has DRS!
Sainz just can’t get into DRS range as they start the penultimate lap…
Hamilton passes Kvyat through Curva Grande and is up to eighth.
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