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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in Formula One history to seal a dominant pole position for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton flew around Monza’s 3.54 miles of asphalt in 164.267mph on his way to a new track record at the so-called Temple of Speed.
Valtteri Bottas joins his team-mate in yet another Mercedes front-row lockout, – the Finn just seven hundredths behind Hamilton – with McLaren driver Carlos Sainz a surprise third.
On a torrid afternoon for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished 13th and 17th. It marks the first time in 36 years that both scarlet cars will start Ferrari’s home race outside the top 10.
- Lap 25 | Hamilton handed stop-go penalty
- Lap 25 | RED FLAG – race stopped
- Lap 24 | Leclerc suffers heavy crash
- Lap 20 | SAFETY CAR – Magnussen retires
- Lap 6 | Vettel retires
- Lewis Hamilton on pole
He’s now have to walk back at a swift pace because it seems we’ll be getting back underway very soon.
The marshals are still clearing debris from the track as the drivers get a break in the pit lane.
No definitive time for the restart yet, but the order of the grid is going to all jumbled up.
Lewis Hamilton has been given a stop/go penalty of 10 seconds, which is going to cost him 28-30 seconds overall, after stopping while the pit lane was closed.
Suddenly, this race has been blown wide open! The biggest losers are McLaren at this point though – they were on for a double podium.
The stewards decide the race has to be red-flagged in order to repair the barriers which Leclerc crashed in.
What drama we’ve had in these first 25 laps!
Ferrari’s weekend could not be any worse. Vettel retired with a brakes failure and now Leclerc goes careering into the barriers after losing his rear wing.
Thankfully, the Monegasque is moving. That’s a relief to see.
We’re back underway as Leclerc gets past both Alfa Romeos on the straight and is up to third. What a move!
Stroll, who hasn’t stopped, is behind Hamilton.
Sainz and Norris both pitted. Giovinazzi is up to fourth, Raikkonen fifth.
This is going to change the race drastically!
The safety car is IN THIS LAP. Hamilton needs to hurry up.
Hamilton was going around Parabolica when the safety car was deployed and he’s gone in for fresh tyres.
But was the pit lane closed when he came in though? He could be in trouble with the stewards.
Magnussen, running in last place, slows down with a mechanical issue and he’s out of the race.
The Safety Car has been deployed!
Leclerc has just been passed by Albon for 13th place and the Monegasque was clearly struggling on the soft tyre.
He’s come in for a change and drops to 17th.
Mercedes: “Move off the line when you can”
Bottas: “Yep, that’s what I’m doing.”
Bottas is having trouble trying to cool his Mercedes engine. Might they decide to pit him so he can enjoy some clear air for a little while?
Verstappen is closing the gap on Bottas and is within DRS range, but he’s not making ground because the Finn is just as close to Ricciardo in front.
I’m afraid any hope of Hamilton being challenged today are slowly evaporating – the championship leader is 7.5 seconds clear of Sainz.
But the McLaren driver is doing a fine job, some four seconds clear of team-mate Norris.
Norris is having to defend valiantly to fend off Perez, who has the pace in a straight line but evidently not in the corners.
Both cars have a Mercedes engine so it could be a superb fight.
Alex Albon has been handed a five-second time penalty for failing to leave a car’s width after clashing with Romain Grosjean.
Not ideal for the Red Bull man, who is down in 14th.
It does feel like whatever issue Bottas had off the line, he’s recovered from it.
The Finn, currently down in sixth place, is within DRS range of Ricciardo now.
Vettel races Russell on the main straight but goes straight through the polystyrene blocks at the chicane and “the brakes have failed”, he tells the team over the radio.
What a disaster. Going from bad to worse for the Italian team.
Looking down the field, Ferrari are still 13th & 17th and that will be a big disappointment considering the change of positions on the field.
As DRS is activated by race control, Hamilton is already two seconds clear of Sainz and he’s already racing off into the distance.
But what a start for the McLarens. If it stays like this, it would be the first time they have two cars on the podium since China in 2012.
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