September 8, 2019 / 10:34 PM / 9 days ago

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

MONZA, Italy, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Italian Formula One Grand Prix, round 14 of 21 races (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Valtteri Bottas 2, Lewis Hamilton 3)

Hamilton started second, took the chase to Charles Leclerc but lost out as his tyres faded. He made a second stop for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap. The Briton’s lead over Bottas, who started third, is now 63 points. The podium was Hamilton’s eighth at the Italian GP, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record. Mercedes are 154 points clear of Ferrari.

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FERRARI (Charles Leclerc 1, Sebastian Vettel 13)

Leclerc’s second win in a row, in the space of eight days and from pole position. The 21-year-old was the first Ferrari winner in Italy since Fernando Alonso in 2010. The Monegasque also leapfrogged Vettel in the standings. Vettel had a nightmare — spinning off and then handed a 10 second stop/go penalty, plus three penalty points, for a dangerous return to the track. The four-times champion was also lapped by his team mate.

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RED BULL (Alexander Albon 6, Max Verstappen 8)

Albon continued his strong form after starting eighth. He served a five second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage while passing Haas’s Kevin Magnussen. Verstappen went from 19th on the grid due to engine penalties to finish eighth, and after pitting on lap two for a new front wing following contact with Sergio Perez’s rear tyre at the start.

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MCLAREN (Lando Norris 10, Carlos Sainz retired)

Sainz retired at the end of the pitlane while in seventh place at the halfway mark after being released from his pitstop with a loose front right wheel, a team mistake that cost McLaren 5,000 euros ($5,511). Norris started 16th and worked his way up.

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RENAULT (Daniel Ricciardo 4, Nico Hulkenberg 5)

Renault’s celebrated their biggest single weekend points haul since 2008, both drivers cashing in on Vettel’s misfortunes to move up a place on their grid positions.

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TORO ROSSO (Pierre Gasly 11, Daniil Kvyat retired)

Gasly was fortunate to avoid hitting Lance Stroll after the incident with Vettel, but lost two places as he took evasive action and ran off track. The Frenchman started 17th due to engine penalties. Kvyat retired with an oil leak.

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RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 7, Lance Stroll 12)

Perez was hit from behind by Verstappen at the start and then had to soak up pressure from the Dutchman in the closing stages. Stroll’s car was hit by Vettel when the German went off at the Ascari chicane and returned in a dangerous fashion. The Canadian also spun off, almost hitting Gasly’s car on his re-entry. He was handed a drive-through penalty for that.

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ALFA ROMEO (Antonio Giovinazzi 9, Kimi Raikkonen 15)

Raikkonen started in the pit lane after crashing in the final phase of qualifying. The Finn was then handed a 10 second stop/go penalty for having the wrong tyres on his car. Giovinazzi scored points for only the second time this season with a career highest placing and in his home race.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 16, Kevin Magnussen retired)

Magnussen retired with an hydraulics issue. Grosjean started 13th but his race unravelled at the start when he was hit from behind and went down the turn one escape road. The Frenchman then spun on lap 10, stopping to change damaged tyres.

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WILLIAMS (George Russell 14, Robert Kubica 17)

Russell, overtaken by Vettel on the last lap, did one stop while Kubica had two. ($1 = 0.9072 euros) (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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