Another Italian GP, same Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel dropped another clanger in front of the Tifosi, but his 2019 attempt will take some beating.

Here is how race day unfolded at Monza…

Alfa Romeo paid tribute to Juan Manuel Correa before the Italian GP who remains in a “critical but stable” condition following the injuries he suffered in the Belgian F2 Feature Race.

Carlos Sainz was getting the mindgames in early against Lando Norris.

The skies were clearing and the heat increasing, but it wasn’t a good idea to pack away the radars just yet.

Charles Leclerc kept the lead out of Turns 1 and 2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Meanwhile Max Verstappen got caught up in the drama at the back and emerged with a broken front wing.

Nico Hulkenberg decided to make an early move on Vettel for P4, but that didn’t last long.

Vettel would set off a comedy of errors after spinning his SF90 at the Ascari chicane.

The incident would earn Vettel a ten-second stop-go penalty and Stroll a drive-through penalty. Sit back, watch and cringe.

Alex Albon was next to meet trouble – a five-second penalty came his way for compromising Kevin Magnussen as he rejoined the track.

Kimi Raikkonen then got his own stop-go penalty for starting the race on the wrong tyres.

Mercedes went for the undercut with Hamilton on Leclerc by pitting him on Lap 20 to fit the medium tyres, Leclerc followed on the next lap and just about kept the net lead, but he went for the hard compound.

Soon after Leclerc was shown the black and white flag for some very robust defence against the flying Hamilton.

Disaster struck for Sainz at his pit stop after the Spaniard left his box with a loose wheel. The VSC made its first appearance of the afternoon while the stewards confirmed they would investigate the incident after the race.

Daniil Kvyat’s race came to an end courtesy of his smoking Toro Rosso.

Leclerc was testing the stewards’ patience again after cutting the opening chicane, but while Leclerc and Hamilton squabbled, the other Mercedes of Bottas was slowly closing in on tyres that were seven laps younger than the leader’s.

It was Hamilton though who came up with a serious error after taking the escape route at Turn 1.

Up into P2 went team-mate Bottas.

With his tyres done for, Hamilton boxed with four laps to go as he chased the fastest lap.

Bottas finally made it into DRS range after a Leclerc error, but the Finn saw that chance slip away.

Job done for Hamilton.

As was Leclerc’s – a solid drive from the 21-year-old in front of the Tifosi as he made it back-to-back wins after his first victory in Formula 1 just a week ago at Spa.

This was also the Scuderia’s first win on home soil since Fernando Alonso in 2010.

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