2019 Italian Grand Prix.
The 2019 Italian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 8 September 2019 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy. The race was the 14th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 89th running of the Italian Grand Prix and the 84th time the race had been held at Monza.
Championship standings before the race
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a 65-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers’ Championship. In the Constructors’ World Championship, Mercedes led Ferrari by 145 points.
- ^1 – Kimi Räikkönen was required to start from the pit lane for changing power unit components under parc fermé conditions. He also received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^2 – Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Sergio Pérez were required to start from the back of the grid for exceeding their quota for power unit components.
- ^3 – Max Verstappen was initially required to start from the back of the grid for exceeding his quota for power unit components, but failed to set a qualifying time within the 107% requirement and was allowed to race at the stewards’ discretion.
The top four drivers on the grid maintained their positions through turn 1 as the race began, with Charles Leclerc turning pole position into an early race lead. Max Verstappen, who started 19th on the grid, made contact with Sergio Pérez, damaging his front wing and requiring an early pit stop to replace it.
On lap 6, Sebastian Vettel, running a strong 4th, lost control and spun to a stop at turn 9, his car halfway onto the grass. In an attempt to rejoin as quickly as possible, Vettel veered into the path of Lance Stroll, who was in 7th. Vettel struck Stroll, damaging his own front wing, and further causing Stroll to spin out. When Stroll tried to rejoin the track, he in turn forced Pierre Gasly to drive through the gravel run off to in an attempt to avoid Stroll. Vettel was forced to replace his front wing at the end of lap 6, leaving him in last place. Stroll was pushed down to 13th. Race stewards investigated the double-incident. They penalised Vettel with a ten second stop-go penalty, and Stroll with a drive-through penalty. Neither driver would recover to finish in the top ten. Vettel also received three penalty points on his FIA Super Licence for the incident.
By lap 19, the top three drivers (Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas, in order) were in a pit window to replace the aging soft tyres they started their races on. Hamilton was the first to do so, replacing his with medium tyres. Leclerc pitted on lap 20, but elected instead to use the longer lasting but slower hard tyre. Bottas, who also chose the medium tyre, would not pit until lap 27. All three drivers returned to racing in the same order they’d been in before their pit stops. Carlos Sainz retired from the race on lap 27, after an error fitting his right front tyre in the pits forced him to stop near the exit to pit lane; this caused a brief virtual safety car. Shortly after, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso suffered a mechanical breakdown just past turn 1, causing a second virtual safety car while his car was pushed to safety.
In the meantime, Leclerc’s lead would be challenged for the remainder of the race by the Mercedes drivers behind him. After Leclerc and Hamilton’s pit stops, Hamilton came close on several occasions to overtaking Leclerc, more than once less than one second behind and enabling him to use DRS. Both drivers exchanged occasional driving errors and Leclerc was warned once for pushing Hamilton off track. Hamilton consistently stayed close to Leclerc, but was unable to overtake him for the race lead. On lap 42, Hamilton locked up his tyres at turn 1, allowing Bottas to pass him into 2nd position. Bottas, who had medium tyres eight laps younger than Hamilton’s, was able to challenge Leclerc for the lead just as Hamilton had done. Bottas came within one second of Leclerc on multiple occasions in the race’s later stages, but, like Hamilton, he could not overtake Leclerc.
The Grand Prix ended with Leclerc claiming his second consecutive race win. Bottas was less than a second behind to take 2nd, and Hamilton, who made a late-race pit stop for soft tyres set the fastest lap of the race and took the last step of the podium. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg finished strong in 4th and 5th positions, promoting Renault into 5th in the constructor’s championship. Alexander Albon managed a 6th place finish for Red Bull. Pérez and Verstappen, who both started at the back of the grid, ended in 7th and 8th. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) finished 9th and Lando Norris (McLaren) finished in tenth, the final points paying position.
- ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
Championship standings after the race
- Drivers’ Championship standings
- Constructors’ Championship standings
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- Only the top five positions for each set of standings are shown.