September 2, 2018 / 7:34 PM / 2 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Italian Grand Prix

MONZA, Italy, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 3)

Hamilton’s sixth win of the season, and 68th of his career, sent him 30 points clear of Vettel. He had started third on the grid. It was Mercedes’s fifth win in a row at Monza and Hamilton’s career fifth there, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record. Bottas moved up to third post-race after Max Verstappen was penalised.

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FERRARI (Kimi Raikkonen 2, Sebastian Vettel 4)

Raikkonen took his 100th F1 podium after starting on pole position but losing out to Hamilton as tyre wear left him unable to fend off the Mercedes in the closing stages. Vettel collided with Hamilton at the fourth corner and dropped to 18th before fighting back. He also moved up after Verstappen’s penalty. Ferrari are now 25 points behind Mercedes.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 5, Daniel Ricciardo retired)

Verstappen finished third on the track but a five-second time penalty was imposed for forcing Bottas off the track earlier. Ricciardo retired with an engine failure, smoke billowing out of the rear of his car.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 6, Kevin Magnussen 17)

Grosjean’s points lifted Haas above Renault and into the giddy heights of fourth. The French manufacturer immediately protested the car, with a decision pending.

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RENAULT (Carlos Sainz 9, Nico Hulkenberg 14)

Sainz kept Renault level-pegging with Haas at least. Hulkenberg started last thanks to a 10-place grid penalty imposed in Belgium for causing a collision that took out McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.

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MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandoorne 13, Fernando Alonso retired)

Alonso retired after nine laps with a suspected electrical issue. Vandoorne made progress from 17th on the grid.

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TORO ROSSO (Pierre Gasly 15, Brendon Hartley retired)

Hartley was out of the race at the start with a broken front suspension, blaming Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson for squeezing him out. Gasly damaged his car’s floor in an incident with Alonso, and also had a tangle with Ricciardo.

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FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 7, Sergio Perez 8)

The newly-saved team moved up another place, ahead of Sauber and with Toro Rosso in their sights. Perez raced with a damaged car after an early clash with Magnussen.

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SAUBER (Charles Leclerc 12, Marcus Ericsson 16)

Leclerc started 15th, Ericsson 18th. The Swede picked up a left rear puncture on the opening lap.

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WILLIAMS (Lance Stroll 10, Sergey Sirotkin 11)

Williams scored a point for only the second time this season, with Stroll ending where he started. Both drivers ran in the top 10 for a while but Sirotkin is still waiting for his first point. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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