Grand Prix of Italy – Race

There are so many penalties to apply it could make one question the value of Qualifying!

  • Qualified P2: Max Verstappen, Red Bull – 20 places (additional power unit elements)
  • P3: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull – 25 places (additional power unit elements, gearbox change)
  • P10: Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren – 25 places (additional power unit elements)
  • P11: Sergio Perez, Force India – 5 places (gearbox change)
  • P12: Nico Hulkenberg, Renault – 10 places (additional power unit elements)
  • P13: Fernando Alonso, McLaren – 35 places (additional power unit elements)
  • P15: Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso – 10 places (additional power unit elements)
  • P17: Jolyon Palmer, Renault – 15 places (additional power unit elements)
  • DNQ: Romain Grosjean, Haas – 5 places (gearbox change)

Source: FIA

So now the grid is: HAM, STR, OCO, BOT, RAI, VET, MAS, KVY, MAG, PER, ERI, WEH, VER, HUL, SAI, RIC, PAL, VAN, ALO, GRO.
As someone tweeted: PER qualified 11th, has a 5 grid place penalty, and starts P10!

Air temperature 25°C; track 35°C; it’s dry and virtually cloudless; no forecast of rain

HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
Looks like most are starting on super-soft tyres; just VER, RIC, PAL & ALO on softs

01/53: Good start from HAM
PER already involved in contact – front wing damaged
RAI passes BOT for P4
OCO takes P2 from STR
BOT fights back and reclaims P4 from RAI

02: HAM, OCO, STR, BOT, RAI, VET, MAS, VER, PER, MAG, KVY, HUL, SAI, RIC, ERI, VAN, ALO, GRO, WEH, PAL
BOT lining up STR
Radio from GRO – “it’s gone – front wing”

03: HAM fastest lap 1:27.248
DRS enabled
BOT inside STR into Turn 1, taking P2
VER has a front right puncture
Replay shows MAS trying to get inside VER; looks like VER might have broken his suspension

04: HAM f/lap 1:26.217
GRO and VER in the pits; VER gets a new front wing and rejoins the race in P20
Incident involving VER and MAS under investigation
BOT past OCO for P2
VET passes teammate RAI

05/53: BOT f/lap 1:26.205
VET takes P4 from STR

06: HAM f/lap 1:26.056
VET now closing on OCO
Radio for GRO confirms his front end plate was broken
VER f/lap 1:25.820

07: RAI outbrakes himself into Turn 1; takes to the escape road
RIC takes P9 from MAG

08: BOT f/lap 1:25.379
VET past OCO for P3

09: HUL pits

10/53: HAM, BOT, VET, OCO, STR, RAI, MAS, PER, RIC, MAG, KVY, VAN, SAI, ALO, PAL, ERI, WEH, HUL, GRO, VER
HAM f/lap 1:25.262

11: HAM f/lap 1:25.258

13: STR closing on OCO, as RAI closes on STR

14: PAL cut the chicane as ALO slams the door on him

15/53: HAM, BOT, VET, OCO, STR, RAI, MAS, PER, RIC, KVY, VAN, PAL, ALO, ERI, WEH, MAG, HUL, SAI, GRO, VER
HAM f/lap 1:25.223
Radio from ALO – “upshifts are killing our race”

16: HAM f/lap 1:24.928
RAI pits from P6; 3.7sec stopped; rejoins P11

17: Contact between the two Saubers but both ERI and WEH continue

18: STR pits; slow stop; rejoins P11
5-sec penalty for PAL

19: HAM runs a little wide and touches the gravel

20/53: HAM, BOT, VET, MAS, RIC, PER, VAN, OCO, RAI, STR

21: HAM f/lap 1:24.770 – his lead now ~4.5sec over his teammate
OCO takes a while to pass VAN, but RAI makes short work of the McLaren

22: MAS pits from P4; rejoins P10

23: RAI still sitting on OCO’s tail

24: MAS inside VAN to steal P9

25/53: Top 5 will probably be pitting soon
HAM laps VER (P17)

26: RAI lines up OCO into Turn 1 and the Ferrari takes P6
PAL pits, serves his 5-sec penalty; rejoins P17

Half distance

29: VER pits; rejoins P17
STR closing on OCO

30/53: HAM, BOT, VET, RIC, PER, RAI, OCO, STR, MAS, VAN, ALO, MAG, HUL, KVY, SAI, PAL, GRO, VER, ERI, WEH

31: STR attacks OCO but the Force India holds on to P7
Radio for PAL telling him to pit and retire the car
VER f/lap 1:24.743

32: VET pits

33: HAM pits; 2.5sec stop; rejoins P2
PER pits too; slow stop; rejoins P9 just ahead of VAN

34: BOT pits from P1; 2.2sec stop; rejoins P2

35/53: HAM, BOT, RIC, VET, RAI, OCO, STR, MAS, PER, MAG, HUL, KVY, SAI, VER, ALO, GRO, VAN, ERI; retirements: PAL
VAN pits; retires

36: HAM f/lap 1:24.612
BOT f/lap 1:24.234

37: HAM f/lap 1:24.034
KVY inside HUL into Turn 1 to steal P11

38: HAM f/lap 1:23.975
RIC pits from P3; 2.2sec stop; rejoins P5

39: RIC closing on RAI

40/53; HAM, BOT, VET, RAI, RIC, OCO, STR, MAS, PER, MAG
RIC darts past RAI for P4

44: Radio from HAM – “lost a bit of power on that lap”
RIC f/lap 1:23.915

45: RIC f/lap 1:23.748

46: VER picks off KVY into Turn 1

47: VER repeats his move in T1 and takes P10 from MAG
MAG complains that VER pushed him off the track but replay shows MAG was behind (not alongside) VER

48: RIC f/lap 1:23.675

49 = 5 laps left: Radio from MAG continuing to moan about VER
Incident involving VER and MAG under investigation

50/53: HAM f/lap 1:23.542
RIC f/lap 1:23.361

51: No further accident in VER/MAG incident
ALO makes room to let RIC lap him
Radio for ERI telling him to retire the car

52: ALO pits; retires

53 = final lap: RIC still quicker than VET but not close enough to fight for P3

HAM takes the chequered flag and goes into the lead in the Drivers’ Championship
MAS attacking teammate STR over P7

Provisional result: HAM, BOT, VET, RIC, RAI, OCO, STR, MAS, PER, VER; MAG, KVY, HUL, SAI, GRO, WEH
DNF: ALO, ERI, VAN, PAL

Very sporting of the Italian fans to boo HAM on the podium – classy 🙁
The boos got louder as they tried to do interviews – maybe HAM should point out he beat their beloved Ferrari
Oh, HAM just said Mercedes power beat Ferrari 🙂
Well, if they’re going to boo, give them something to boo about :p

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