September 4, 2017 / 4:00 PM / 2 months ago

Team by team analysis of the Italian Grand Prix

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

Formula One - F1 - Italian Grand Prix 2017 - Monza, Italy - September 3, 2017 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads the race REUTERS/Max Rossi

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2)

Hamilton took the outright lead in the championship for the first time in a year. He is now three points clear of Vettel. The win was his sixth of the year, third in four years in Italy and 59th of his career. He started from a record 69th pole position. Mercedes now lead Ferrari by 62 points.

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FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 3, Kimi Raikkonen 5)

Vettel started his team’s home race in sixth place and limited the damage of the Mercedes one-two with his 10th podium finish in 13 races. Raikkonen struggled throughout with the balance of his car.

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RED BULL (Daniel Ricciardo 4, Max Verstappen 10)

Ricciardo went from 16th on the grid, after engine and gearbox penalties, to fourth and set the fastest lap of the race as well as claiming Driver of the Day. Verstappen, who started 13th due to penalties after the qualifying second, suffered an early puncture following a collision with Massa.

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FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 6, Sergio Perez 9)

Ocon started in third place and was second after the first corner. He felt sixth was the best he could achieve in the end. Perez had a gearbox penalty but fought back into the points. The gap between Force India and Red Bull has widened, however.

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WILLIAMS (Lance Stroll 7, Felipe Massa 8)

The team’s first double points finish since Austria in June and second best race of the year so far. Stroll, at 18, became the youngest driver to start on the front row.

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TORO ROSSO (Daniil Kvyat 12, Carlos Sainz 14)

Sainz had a grid penalty due to engine issues. Kvyat was stuck behind Kevin Magnussen for a long time.

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HAAS (Kevin Magnussen 11, Romain Grosjean 15)

Grosjean started last after crashing in qualifying. Magnussen was 10th until six laps from the end when Verstappen forced his way past.

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RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 13, Jolyon Palmer retired)

Another race with no points for a team that claims to be the fourth fastest. Palmer, who has yet to score a point all season, collected a five second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage over Alonso. He retired with a transmission component failure.

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MCLAREN (Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne retired)

No points for McLaren whose partnership with Honda appears to be heading for divorce. Both drivers had hefty penalties due to engine replacements. Alonso was still classified as 17th.

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SAUBER (Pascal Wehrlein 16, Marcus Ericsson retired)

Ericsson was classified as 18th but retired on lap 50 with a damaged car.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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