Leclerc doubles up in Monza
Charles Leclerc took his second career win in dramatic fashion in Monza, just seven days after winning his maiden race in Spa-Francorchamps.
The Ferrari driver recorded pole on Saturday and on Sunday he led from the start, but with the mounting pressure of Lewis Hamilton behind his shoulders.
Hamilton was able to use the DRS several times to attempt a pass, but the Ferrari’s straightline speed protected Leclerc. Hamilton tried too much and his tyres eventually faded: then it was Bottas’ turn to attack Leclerc.
Despite fresher tyres and Leclerc being under pressure the entire afternoon, Bottas didn’t succed and Leclerc won with the Finn less than a second behind him.
Numbers from the F.1 race
2014 – McLaren was back in the top-7 on the grid in Monza for the first time since 2014 (Magnussen 5th and Button 6th at the time).
2010 – Leclerc ended the longest Ferrari win drought in Monza, started after Alonso’s win in 2010.
2008 – Ricciardo in fourth recorded the best result for Renault in Monza since 2008 when Fernando Alonso was equally fourth.
2006 – Antonio Giovinazzi became the first Italian to score points in the Italian GP since Jarno Trulli in 2006.
2003-2004 – Ferrari was able to record pole in Monza in consecutive years for the first time since 2003-2004 (Schumacher-Barrichello).
1996 – Charles Leclerc is the first Ferrari driver who wins both in Spa and Monza since 1996 (Michael Schumacher).
210 – Renault was able to place two cars in the top-5 for the first time since the 2008 Japanese GP (Alonso winner and Nelsinho Piquet 4th): 210 races had passed since then.
90-90-90 – On the 90th edition of the Italian GP and on the 90th year of Scuderia Ferrari, Charles Leclerc became the 90th driver to climb on the podium in Monza.
44 – Lewis Hamilton recorded his 44th fastest race lap, equalling his racing number.
41 - 41st career podium for Valtteri Bottas: he equalled Felipe Massa at the 21st all-time spot.
12 – For the first time after 12 straight races, Lewis Hamilton wasn’t able to lead a Grand Prix.
9 – Lewis Hamilton recorded his ninth front row in Monza: only in Montreal he fared better (10 front rows).
8 – With his 8th Monza podium, Lewis Hamilton equalled the record track of Michael Schumacher. Despite this being his eighth podium here, it was the first time he finished in third.
7-0 – Charles Leclerc is the first team-mate able to outscore Vettel in qualifying in seven consecutive races. Discounting two mechanical problems for Vettel, also a 0-5 is unedited in Vettel’s career.
7 – Leclerc equalled the all-time record of Lewis Hamilton: winning his second race seven days after winning his maiden one.
6 – Despite qualifying only 14th, Sergio Perez maintained his perfect record of having scored points in all the six races of the Turbo/Hybrid era run in Monza.
5 – An historical win for Leclerc as he was able to break the longest sequence of wins by only one team in Monza, 5 years, recorded by Mercedes, who had won all the races here since 2014.
5 – At his first season for Renault, Ricciardo qualifies better (fifth) in Monza than his previous eight attempts with HRT, Toro Rosso and Red Bull.
5 – Renault was back in the top-5 grid spots in Monza for the first time since 2005 (Alonso, 2nd on the grid).
5-6 – Two Renaults in the top-6 grid spots in Monza: the last time it had happened was in 1982, when Alain Prost and René Arnoux qualified in the same spots.
4-4-4 – After the Italian GP, the drivers with most poles this season share the lead: Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc each count four poles.
4 – Charles Leclerc is the first driver that at his first season for Ferrari scores four poles since Michael Schumacher in 1996.
3 – The last three times that Stroll featured in Q3 were all in Monza: 2017, 2018 and this year.
1 – For the first time in the Turbo/Hybrid era Williams wasn’t able to score points in Monza. So far they had scored points with both cars here since 2014.