2019 Italian Grand Prix race report: steely Leclerc's Monza masterclass

2019 Italian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc withstood a two-pronged Mercedes attack to become Ferrari's first Monza winner since 2010. Mark Hughes' in-depth report on the 2019 Italian Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
Italy
Circuit
Round
14
Laps
53
Pole
Fastest Lap
Hamilton, 1m 21.779s
2019 Season
Past Results

Ferrari had a better Monza weapon than Mercedes here. The SF90’s straightline speed advantage over Mercedes was huge. Enough to squeak Charles Leclerc pole and thereby have track position. But, more impressively, to leave him not under threat into Turn One even with Lewis Hamilton in full attack mode, battery loaded, DRS wide-open from right under his rear wing through Parabolica.

But that’s to take nothing away from a quite remarkable pressure drive from Leclerc. Under attack from first Hamilton, then Valtteri Bottas, virtually start-to-finish, his steeliness saw him prevail to take Ferrari’s first Monza victory in nine years.

There were a couple of critical moments where it all might have got away from him, most notably on lap 23 when he had to get physical to keep Hamilton behind up to the Roggia chicane, crowding the Mercedes out on the outside entry to the turn and forcing it partly off track. It would have been a brave race official who’d have penalised the leading Ferrari at Monza for that – but it did result in him being shown the recently-reintroduced black/white warning flag.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 15m 26.665s

25

2

1

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 15m 27.5s

18

3

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 16m 1.864s

16

4

1

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 16m 12.18s

12

5

1

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 16m 24.83s

10

6

2

Alexander Albon

23

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 16m 25.98s

8

7

11

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 16m 40.467s

6

8

11

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 16m 41.157s

4

9

1

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

52 laps

2

10

6

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

52 laps

1

11

6

Pierre Gasly

10

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

12

3

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

13

9

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

14

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

15

5

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

16

3

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

52 laps

0

17

2

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

51 laps

0

R

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

27 laps Wheel

0

R

Kevin Magnussen

20

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

43 laps Hydraulics

0

R

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

29 laps Oil leak

0

Circuit - Monza

Country

Italy

Location

Monza, Lombardy

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.599 (Miles)

Record

Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004), 1m21.046, 159.865 mph, F1, 2004

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