Motor racing-Leclerc wins Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix
Monza is red! 🔴
Ferrari's first home win since 2010
Leclerc's second victory in a week
Tifosi in overdrive 😍
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 8, 2019
Charles Leclerc survived an onslaught from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to win a thrilling Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton hustled Leclerc during a remarkable spell of wheel-to-wheel action at Monza – but the young Monegasque excelled to keep the world champion at bay and register his second win in as many weeks and Ferrari’s first on home soil in nine years.
With 11 laps remaining, Hamilton then made a mistake at the first corner in his pursuit of Leclerc, falling off the road and allowing Bottas, his Mercedes teammate, to take second. On fresher tyres, Bottas took over from Hamilton in his pursuit of Leclerc but crossed the line eight-tenths shy of the Ferrari star.
In contrast to Leclerc’s heroics, Sebastian Vettel endured yet another torrid afternoon in the sister Ferrari. The four-times world champion took the chequered flag a dismal 13th and one lap down after a spin at the Ascari chicane on lap six.
Vettel had to stop for a new front wing after he clumsily collided with Lance Stroll in his attempt to rejoin the track following his mistake. He was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for his part in the incident.
Hamilton’s late error allowed Bottas to reduce the championship deficit to 63 points with seven rounds left.