The Italian Grand Prix, in the news…
A quick look around the web for news from the Italian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton honoured to equal Michael Schumacher’s Italian Grand Prix record as Ferrari boos spur him on
Independent.co.uk: Hamilton was jeered by Ferrari supporters before and after Sunday’s Grand Prix but he found a way to conquer the race-favourite Ferraris and extend his championship lead.
Lewis Hamilton said it is an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Schumacher after winning the Italian Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time, and dealing Sebastian Vettel another championship blow.
The fanatical tifosi supporters arrived in Monza expecting to see Vettel convert a Ferrari lockout of the front row into a crushing win.
Instead, they saw their leading title contender fall out of the reckoning after just four corners following a clumsy opening lap collision with Hamilton. Full story at: Independent.co.uk
Grosjean disqualified from Italian GP, Haas to appeal
Formula1.com: Romain Grosjean has been disqualified from the Italian Grand Prix after the floor of his Haas Formula 1 car was deemed to not be in compliance with the rules…
Grosjean delivered one of his best performances of the season to finish sixth at Monza, with the result helping Haas leapfrog Renault into fourth in the constructors’ championship.
But soon after the race, Renault lodged a protest over the legality of the Haas, which centred around the floor, and following a hearing, the stewards released a lengthy statement explaining their decision.
They said Haas had breached article 3.7.1 d of the Technical Regulations, which focuses on the radius of the leading corners of the floor’s reference plane. Full story at Formula1.com
Verstappen blames Bottas for Italian Grand Prix penalty clash
Autosport.com: Max Verstappen has blamed Valtteri Bottas for the coming together that earned the Red Bull driver what he deemed an unfair penalty in Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix.
Bottas had trailed Verstappen for third place throughout the opening stint, and the Dutchman was warned for gaining an advantage by cutting across the Rettifilo chicane under pressure from his rival early on.
Mercedes then opted to leave Bottas out to hold up race leader Kimi Raikkonen and allow eventual winner Lewis Hamilton to close in before Bottas finally pitted from the lead on lap 36 of 53.
Bottas returned to the track within four seconds of Verstappen in third. He attempted to pass the Red Bull driver at the first corner and Verstappen moved back across to the left before turning into the right-hander, making contact with Bottas and forcing him down the escape road. Full story at: Autosport.com
Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel fumes over collision
Standard.co.uk: Sebastian Vettel has accused Lewis Hamilton of being at fault for their collision in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Vettel is now a distant 30 points behind in the championship race after he finished only fourth and Hamilton claimed a brilliant win in Monza.
The flashpoint arrived after only four corners when Hamilton and Vettel tangled at the second chicane.
Hamilton took advantage of a slipstream off the back of Vettel’s Ferrari to line up a move on his rival.
Vettel covered the inside, but Hamilton moved to his right to take the racing line, and he was ahead of the Ferrari car as they took the corner side-by-side. Full story at: Standard.co.uk
Lewis Hamilton HITS BACK at Sebastian Vettel after Italian Grand Prix incident
Express.co.uk: Lewis Hamilton has insisted his conscience is clear following his collision with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton produced a brilliant drive from third on the grid to clinch his fifth career win at Monza earlier today.
It looked extremely likely one of the two Ferrari drivers would take the chequered flag on Sunday after dominating practice and qualifying.
However, Vettel’s hopes were dashed just seconds after the start of the race when he span out following a collision with Hamilton.
The German went on team radio to complain, saying: “That was silly, where did he want to go?” Full story: Express.co.uk
‘They’re doing a great job at killing racing’ – Max Verstappen responds angrily to Italian GP penalty
Telegraph.co.uk: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has responded angrily to the five-second penalty he received for a collision with Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Verstappen touched wheels with Bottas under braking at the end of the pit straight and going into the first chicane. It forced Bottas to miss the chicane and lose time. The pair were battling for third at the time.
The Red Bull driver was awarded a five-second time penalty from the FIA. When informed of this he took to the team radio to complain.
“For what?” he said. “Don’t worry about it, get your head down,” his team responded.
“No. Don’t worry about it. It’s —–. I gave him space. They’re doing a great job at killing racing, honestly,” was his cutting response. Full story: Telegraph.co.uk