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F1 LIVE! Italian Grand Prix race reaction and updates as Max Verstappen wins in Monza – Evening Standard

1 Italian Grand Prix LIVE!
Today’s Formula One race promises to be another thrilling affair with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole position in front of yet another mixed-up grid. While engine penalties continue to cause havoc in the paddock, the ultimate upshot is an intriguing 53 laps ahead.
In Saturday’s qualifying, Leclerc edged F1 championship leader Max Verstappen before the Red Bull driver took a five-placed penalty for new power unit components. That means George Russell lines up in second ahead of the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, who famously won the race at Monza last year.
Ferarri’s Carlos Sainz and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton have taken penalties to start at the back of the grid while Williams driver Alex Albon sits out the weekend after coming down with appendicitis. Follow all the latest news and updates from the Italian Grand Prix with our live blog below!
A bit of a break for F1 now with the Russian Grand Prix cancelled, we’ll be back in Singapore in a few weeks’s time.
Recap the action at Monza with our race report!
The drivers step out onto the podium, above a sea of tifosi and red flares.
“We had to do something a bit different to fight Max and Charles but they were too quick for us today.”
“The end was frustrating but unfortunately we were second, it’s a shame but I gave it all. I wish I could have won in front of the amazing tifosi but I couldn’t today.”
“We had a great race, under every compound we were quickest. Unfortunately we didn’t get a [safety car] restart but overall a really good day. The start was very good, it was really good on the tyres, really enjoyable. It took a bit of time to be on a great podium like this but finally we’ve done it.”
A ninth place finish on debut for Nyck de Vries in the Williams! Superb.
“My shoulders are dead!” he laughs on team radio.
Verstappen wins!
Ferrari tell Leclerc the race will finish under the safety car.
Lap 52/53: Hard to argue with seeing this race out under the safety car.
A red flag to clear the track and set up a fun finish would be far-too-Abu-Dhabi-2021-y.
We have a tractor on track to haul up Ricciardo’s car and carry it off but they have to wait for the safety car and the entire pack to pass by first.

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