F1 heads to Italy for the 14th race of the 2019 Formula 1 season
In finishing second at Spa, Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 65 points, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas his closest rival.
Italian Grand Prix 2018
Winning driver: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
Ferrari had a significant straight-line advantage last year, but Hamilton passed Sebastian Vettel after the two collided in the opening laps before reeling in leader Kimi Raikkonen down in the closing stages.
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Italian Grand Prix 2019 Schedule
Practice 1: Friday September 6, 11:00 CET
Practice 2: Friday September 6, 15:00 CET
Practice 3: Saturday September 7, 12:00 CET
Qualifying: Saturday September 7, 15:00 CET
Race: Sunday September 8, 15:10 CET
The Circuit – Monza
Circuit Location: Monza, Italy
Most Wins: 5, Michael Schumacher 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 & Lewis Hamilton 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Lap Record: 1:21.046 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)
Number of racing laps: 68 laps
Track length: 5.793km
Race distance: 306.72km
There aren’t a ton of corners on this track, but the first two chicanes and the pit straight, aided by DRS, give drivers the best chance of an overtake. The issue for the drivers at Monza is getting close enough to do that. With this being the most power-hungry track on the calendar, cars tend to separate by engine supplier and dreaded field spread appears quite early on.
F1 2019 Standings – so far:
Lewis Hamilton – 268 points
Valtteri Bottas – 203 points
Max Verstappen – 181 points
Sebastian Vettel – 169 points
Charles Leclerc – 157 points
Mercedes – 471 points
Ferrari – 326 points
Red Bull – 254 points
*Betting odds are subject to change. Recommended odds can be found here.
Leclerc sits fifth in the driver standings, too far away from Lewis Hamilton to consider a remote challenge, but he will relish the chance to claw his way beyond team-mate Sebastian Vettel who is just 12 points ahead.
However, given Ferrari’s massive straight-line advantage over Mercedes in Belgium, it’d be difficult to see anything other than Ferrari emerging on top here.