F1 Italian Grand Prix LIVE: Follow all the action from Spa as Lewis Hamilton looks to take a step closer to a record-equalling seventh world title with victory from pole position
- Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position once again
- Mercedes’ dominance continued on Saturday as they locked out the front row
- McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will look to break up the one-two as he starts in third
- Follow the action as it unfolds on track and on the pit wall here with Sportsmail
The Italian Grand Prix is supposed to be the showpiece event for Ferrari but it looks set to be the Lewis Hamilton show with the championship leader looking unstoppable in his Mercedes.
The six-time world champion put in a qualifying clinic on Saturday, clocking the fastest lap time in Formula One history to snatch pole away from team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and it is hard to look past him making it count over 53 laps at Monza.
Carlos Sainz may be the best hope of breaking up the Mercedes one-two, with the McLaren driver performing superbly in qualifying to put his car third for today’s race. Charles Leclerc and Sebastien Vettel, meanwhile, begin outside the points with Ferrari.
Follow all the action and the drama as it unfolds on track and on the pit-wall right here with Sportsmail’s OLLIE LEWIS. The race begins at 2.10pm BST.
Just over ten minutes to go until the Italian GP gets underway. Lewis Hamilton will be looking to lead from start to finish once again but there are plenty of interesting narratives ahead of today’s race.
Carlos Sainz did superbly to seal third place in qualifying but he will have a battle on his hands to keep Max Verstappen at bay, who has more pace than the McLaren in his Red Bull.
Meanwhile, Ferrari will be looking for a respectable result after a series of underwhelming results this season.
The drivers are out on the track and have come together in sending the sport’s ‘End Racism’ message. 13 take the knee while seven remain standing.
The Italian national anthem is now being played and we’re inching closer to lights out here at Monza.
‘That was wonderfully executed,’ says the Williams driver.
You feel at this point it is Lewis Hamilton’s title to lose.
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This weekend has seen the introduction of a new rule that was introduced in the hope of balancing things out across the field.
The ban on party mode for qualifying and the race – which restricts teams in using a single-mode engine only – had very little impact on Hamilton and Bottas in qualifying, despite the fact teams such as Red Bull had reportedly called for the ban in a bid to close the gap.
In fact, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – who has predominately occupied third for much of the season – fell down to places in qualifying yesterday, and will begin the race behind Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez.
Here’s the starting grid for the start of the race at Monza. Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will begin outside of the points, in 13th and 17th respectively.
Today’s race will be the last in which a Williams family member is in charge of the team, marking the end of the family’s long presence in the sport.
Sir Frank Williams founded the team in 1977 and transformed it into one of the most successful teams in F1, winning nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ championships.
The other big story emerging today involves Renault, who will be re-branded next season as Alpine.
The team will take on the new name and also have a new team colour scheme with the yellow and black being scrapped for a red, white and blue set-up synonymous with the French flag.
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A couple of big stories have broken in the world of F1 today, the most recent of which involves Racing Point’s appeal over a fine and point deduction handed to them by the FIA earlier this season.
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the Italian Grand Prix from Monza.
Just who can stop Lewis Hamilton? That will be the question lingering around the garages of the other teams as the Mercedes man looks an unmoveable force after yet another qualifying masterclass on Saturday.
It will be a case of damage limitation for Ferrari today, as The Prancing Horse looking for a respectable result with a car that is just not showing any pace this season. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will begin the race outside the points.
Stay tuned as Sportsmail provides live coverage of all the action from Monza, with the race set to get underway at 2.10pm BST.
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