Author: Ernest Scott

Bottas wins F1 Japanese GP; Mercedes nails Constructors title

The F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Valtteri Bottas capture his sixth win lifetime to help Mercedes firm up the Constructors’ title. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was third, behind rival Sebastien Vettel.

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von Japan 2019. Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Japanese GP 2019. Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton

With 1 and 3, Hamilton and Bottas become the only two drivers in the standings with a shot at the drivers’ trophy.  Mercedes’ constructors title is the sixth consecutive title since the Silver Arrows made its entry in the sport as a factory team.  There are four races left in the season…

The start of the race was clear cut, it was Mercedes versus Ferrari off the grid. Vettel hesitated at the start and that allowed Bottas to shoot ahead. Meantime, Charles LeClerc got a wheelspin and was picked off by Max Verstappen. He tried to block the Red Bull but unsuccessful.

It was Bottas, followed by Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton on the first lap.  The Mercedes drivers and Vettel went for a two-stopper. After his first stop, he resumed the attack on the lead Mercedes on lap 17.  Bottas managed to come out ahead of Vettel after his stop. Hamilton would pit later and retook the race third.

The order would change slightly after the second stop, Hamilton led -Vettel and Bottas, after Bottas dove in the pitlane. Hamilton would go in lap 42 and  attacked the minute he rejoined the track, but Vettel covered well. Past mid-part of the race, Bottas led the race with Vettel and Hamilton. Six laps from the end, Hamilton made a final push for runner-up spot but Vettel wouldn’t have it. Alex Albon finished fourth for Red Bull from Carlos Sainz, Behind Sainz, everybody finished a lap down on the leaders. LeClerc was demoted from sixth to seventh after a post race review, as he was penalized for blocking Verstappen at the start. Verstappen, meanwhile, didn’t finish the race.

2019 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix results

1     V.Bottas 52   1:21:46.755  25

2     S.Vettel  52   +13.343s       18

3     L.Hamilton    52   +13.858s        16

4     A.Albon 52   +59.537s       12

5     C.Sainz   52   +69.101s       10

6 D.Ricciardo 51   +1 lap     8

7     C.Leclerc       51   +1 lap     6

8     P.Gasly   51   +1 lap     4

9     S.Perez   51   +1 lap     2

10   N.Hulkenberg       51   +1 lap

Drivers standings

1     Hamilton       MERCEDES        338

2     Bottas    MERCEDES    274

3     Leclerc         FERRARI 221

4     Verstappen  RED BULL RACING   212

5     Vettel     FERRARI 212

6     Sainz      MCLAREN        76

7     Gasly      TORO ROSSO     73

8     Albon     RED BULL RACING    64

9     Ricciardo       RENAULT        42

10   Hulkenberg   RENAULT        35

Constructors rankings

1     MERCEDES    612

2     FERRARI 433

3     RED BULL RACING HONDA 323

4     MCLAREN RENAULT    111

5     RENAULT       77

6     SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA  59

7     RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES    54

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 35

9     HAAS FERRARI     28

10   WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1

Reigning Formula E Champions DS Techeetah shows off new livery for 2019/20 season

With the new Formula E season just around the corner, DS Techeetah Team has unveiled their 2019/20 car livery in black and gold. The black/gold liveried DS E-Tense FE20 car is out to defend the titles from last season with Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne.  The season kicks off on 22 November in Saudi Arabia.

Techeetach team, owned by SECA Shanghai, is a Chinese racing team in Formula E. They won the 2017/2018 drivers’ title with Jean-Éric and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the teams’ rankings in the 2017/2018 season.

DS E-Tense FE20

Jean-Eric’s car will bear two laurel wreaths to symbolize the two titles, while his helmet has two stars (driver titles).

The DS E-Tense FE20 livery is created by the DS Design Studio of DS Automobiles, From a technical point of view, the FE20 is the fruit of the development work based on the qualities of the double championship winning DS E-Tense FE19.

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon said, “Our engineers have optimised most of the elements by further developing our winning concept rather than completely rethinking the car. The engine, the inverter and the transfer case have evolved, but the deeper changes are in the heart of the embedded systems. All this ambitious research and development work aims to offer the drivers a car that allows them to fight to win and defend both titles.”

“In the detail of its livery design, it is possible to see that the pattern is constructed from many of our cheetah head logos, which also nods to our continued efforts in supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary’s fight in saving the cheetahs and other big cats. A topic that is more pressing than ever and a cause that is especially close to our hearts,” DS Techeetah Chief Commercial Officer Keith Smout added.

The excitement of the Formula E begins third week of November at the Riyadh Circuit.

Marquez captures 8th title with emphatic Win at Buriram

The second ever Thai Grand Prix at the Buriram track saw Reigning Champion Marc Marquez pull a last lap stunner to score the win and capture the Riders’ title for the 8th time. Championship rival Ducati’s front man Andrea Dovizioso only managed fourth, which means the title goes to Marquez with four races left to run.

At the start, Marquez stayed close to the pole sitter Fabio Quartararo. Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was also in the mix early in the race. It would soon be Quartararo and Marquez going one-on-one with the Yamaha rider for the win, from the mid-distance onwards. Everyone else settled in their rhythm.

The final laps were explosive as the 2019 MotoGP Champion launched an all out assault on the young Satellite Yamaha  rider, moving ahead as the last lap began. But it would go down to the final corner, Marquez expertly defending from Quartararo in the last corner to take the win and ultimately, the title. With 325 points, nine wins, 14 podiums, nine poles and 10 fastest laps, Marquez is the undisputed King in the Premier class; his sixth title with Repsol Honda and 8th overall. The victory is also Honda’s 150th in the MotoGP class, an achievement no other manufacturer has been able to match.

Vinales took third to salvage some decent points for the factory Yamaha, while Dovizioso could not make an impression and settle for fourth till race end. Alex Rins was the best Suzuki finisher in fifth, followed by Franco Morbidelli and Joan Mir.

Big names on the grid Valentino Rossi finished eighth, ahead of Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Japanese rider T. Nakagami.

The next Grand Prix moves to Japan from 18 – 20 October.  The remaining races  on the calendar include Australia, Malaysia and Valencia.


2019 Thai GP results

1         MARQUEZ Marc     Repsol Honda 39’36.223

2         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT    + 0.171

3         VINALES Maverick    Yamaha MotoGP     1.380

4         DOVIZIOSO Andrea      Ducati 11.218

5         RINS Alex       Suzuki          11.449

6         MORBIDELLI Franco Yamaha SRT     14.466

7         MIR Joan      Suzuki          18.728

8         ROSSI Valentino     amaha MotoGP      19.162

9         PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati 23.425

10       NAKAGAMI Takaaki              LCR Honda   29.423

Riders standings

1         MARQUEZ Marc     93       SPA   325       

2         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          4       

3         RINS Alex     42       SPA   167   

4         VINALES Maverick  12       SPA   163     

5         PETRUCCI Danilo   9         ITA     162    

6         ROSSI Valentino     46       ITA     145           Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha

7         QUARTARARO Fabio        20       FRA    143 

8         MILLER Jack 43       AUS   119    

9         CRUTCHLOW Cal   35       GBR   102  

10       MORBIDELLI Franco         21       ITA     90

DTM and Super GT ready for Season Finale at Hockenheim

The DTM season is drawing to a close with the pinnacle or grand finale at the Hockenheim track, this weekend. This season’s finale is special with the clash between DTM and Super GT cars. It’ll be a spectacle for the fans indeed!

Heading into the finale, the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles have already gone to Rene Rast and Audi. The teams title is still up for grabs, but that’ll take a back seat with the big guns from Super GT added to the fold. As we have covered previously, the three big Super GT squads Nissan, Lexus and Honda are partaking in this clash of the titans, against DTM Powerhouses Audi, BMW and Aston Martin. One of the major drivers featured is none other than former F1 and current Super GT driver Jenson Button. Button, who’s the reigning champion, is driving his trusty Honda NSX GT during the exhibition race. The finale weekend is attended by some of the well-known motorsport figureheads such as former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, two-time WRC champion Walter Röhrl and ’85 World Sportcar/’90 DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Button partners his Honda factory team mate Naoki Yamamoto, while Nissan’s got the pairing of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda. For Lexus, the driver duo is Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa. Nissan and Lexus are represented by two drivers, one per race, while Honda is represented by just one driver.

All out battle for DTM Team title

Recent victories for Rast and Jamie Green have pushed Audi Sport Team Rosberg (394 points) narrowly ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (362pts) pairing of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. After a season-long battle between the two squads, the pair are separated by a mere 32 points, with 86 points remaining on the table to be scored in the final two races.

After the grand finale at Hockenheim, the DTM will cross over to Japan’s Fuji Speedway in November for a ‘Dream Race’ showdown with Super GT drivers at their home turf,

MotoGP Aragon: Marquez dominates, again

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race. This story never gets old in the Marquez era: he dominates MotoGP. The top three on the Aragon GP podium were Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Milller.

With a perfect start, Marquez shot forward and opened an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.

Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales managed to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly responded to stabilize the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds.

With the win, Marquez is now a clear leader in the standings with 300 points; that’s 98-points in front of Dovizioso.

The weekend’s results leave Honda 65 points clear of second placed Ducati in the Manufacturers rankings and as a result of Marquez’s victory, the Repsol Honda Team move to within 24 points of the Ducati Team in the Teams rankings.

Both riders and team now begin their preparations for the Thai GP on 6 October. The Buriram race marks the start of the most intense part of the MotoGP season with four races in fives weeks and presents Marquez with his first chance to take the 2019 MotoGP title.

2019 Aragon GP results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    41’57.221

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducati       4.836

3     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   5.430

4     VINALES Maverick Yamaha MotoGP 5.811

5     QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT       8.924

6     CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda   10.390

7     ESPARGARO Aleix    Aprilia Racing   10.441

8     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha       23.623

9     RINS Alex     Suzuki    27.998

10   NAKAGAMI Takaaki   LCR Honda    31.242

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  300

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 202   

3     RINS Alex     156

4     PETRUCCI Danilo      155

5     VINALES Maverick     147

6     ROSSI Valentino         137

7     QUARTARARO Fabio        123      

8     MILLER Jack        117

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      98  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco         80

Vettel proves his mantle with F1 Singapore Grand Prix win

It’s the first win of the seaosn for four-time F1 Champion and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who topped his team mate Charles LeClerc at the 61-lap Marina Bay Street Circuit, on Sunday. The conditions proved that the mean streets in downtown Singapore were well suited for the Ferraris. It was Ferrari’s 84th 1-2 finish in F1. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen came in in third to demote the Mercedes cars to fourth and fifth, where Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of his team mate.

At race start, LeClerc led Hamilton and Vettel under the night lights of the magnificent Marina Bay street circuit. Vettel pushed to try to get past Hamilton on the opening lap, but didn’t succeed.

After the race leaders and the rest of the field settled, the lead Ferrari maintained the lead. In the first stop, Ferrari called Vettel in for a stop first as he was pursued by a hot Verstappen, who ran fourth at the time,  Ferraris were on a one-stopper. LeClerc pitted on lap 20, a lap later than his team mate. He retook the track in second behind Vettel.

The other contenders took their pitstop strategies in stride. It was until lap 35  that there’s some drama on track with the safety car called out when George Russell and Romain Grosjean collided. By then, Vettel led the race quite comfortably, almost 5 seconds ahead of LeClerc. The usual suspects were all there, it was Vettel, LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

After the middle part of the race, there were two more safety car periods. The final safety car period basically sealed the deal for the Ferraris as they were able to maintain the one-two and reduce tyre wear until the chequered flag. The order would finish in such: Vettel from LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas.

Behind Bottas came the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon who led home McLaren’s  Lando Norris, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.

So it would be Vettel’s day as he got to the top step of the podium after an absence of over a year, dating back to Belgium 2018. It was his fifth win in Singapore, which is a record for any driver at the Marina Bay track. His 14th win with Ferrari also puts him third in the list of all-time Ferrari winners between Michael Schumacher on 72 and Niki Lauda on 15. It was his 53rd career win and Ferrari’s 238th.

A jubilant Vettel remarked, “It was about time! I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for. I was playing a waiting game until I got the call on the radio to pit for new tyres. I had not expected to stay out so long but the decision was key, because I was able to rejoin with a clear track ahead of me and I could run at my own pace making up ground on all the others, to the extent that I was in the lead by almost five seconds at the time the Safety Car came out. From then on, the race was continually interrupted, with a further two restarts, but I still managed to maintain concentration and avoid making any mistakes.”

The next round, the 16th of the season, is next weekend in Russia, at the Sochi Autodrom.

2019 Singapore Grand Prix results

1     5     Sebastian Vettel         1:58:33.667      

2     16   Charles Leclerc         +2.641s 

3     33   Max Verstappen         +3.821s 

4     44   Lewis Hamilton         +4.608s 

5     77   Valtteri Bottas         +6.119s 

6     23   Alexander Albon          +11.663s    

7     4     Lando Norris    +14.769s    

8     10   Pierre Gasly            +15.547s    

9     27   Nico Hulkenberg       +16.718s    

10   99   Antonio Giovinazzi         +27.855s

Drivers standings

1     Lewis Hamilton    GBR       MERCEDES 296

2     Valtteri Bottas      FIN       MERCEDES 231

3     Charles Leclerc    MON       FERRARI      200

4     Max Verstappen   NED       RED BULL RACING       200

5     Sebastian Vettel   GER       FERRARI      194

6     Pierre Gasly  FRA       TORO ROSSO 69

7     Carlos Sainz ESP       MCLAREN 58

8     Alexander Albon  THA       RED BULL RACING        42

9     Daniel Ricciardo   AUS       RENAULT     34

10   Daniil Kvyat   RUS       TORO ROSSO 33

Constructors rankings

1     MERCEDES 527

2     FERRARI      394

3     RED BULL RACING        289

4     MCLAREN 89

5     RENAULT     67

6     TORO ROSSO 55

7     RACING POINT BWT 46

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING       35

9     HAAS   26

10   WILLIAMS      1

DTM and Super GT set to clash in Hockenheim season finale

The Super GT Powerhouses, Japanese Super Touring Cars series, is set to make a historic appearance in a special clash with DTM forerunners. The Nissan, Honda and Lexus of the Super GT series will go up against the best the DTM has to offer, the Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. As a main highlight former F1 driver Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at the season finale in Hockenheim, set for 4 – 6 October.

This event marks the first, much-anticipated summit clash between the world’s two biggest GT and Touring Car championships. The aim is to pit Asia’s hugely popular Super GT series versus DTM manufacturers in a historic, unifying event.


No fewer than five Super GT drivers are set to contest the Hockenheim race weekend. Button will drive his Honda NSX-GT at Hockenheim. The Brit joined the Super GT in 2018 with team Kunimitsu and won the title on his first year, alongside teammate Naoki Yamamoto. Super GT rivals Nissan and Lexus will field a couple of drivers each. Nissan has Ronnie Quintarelli, the series’ most successful champion with four drivers’ titles and Tsugio Matsuda, a two-time champion. The Lexis camp will be represented by Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa; the 2017 champions.

As an added bonus, there’s free entry for ticket holders  to see  exotic Japanese car culture in collaboration with Reisbrennen, a major international meeting for Japanese car owners, tuners and race fans. Over 2,000 members of the ‘Reisbrennen’ community have already confirmed their attendance at Hockenheim, where they will gain free admission to the north grandstand B to watch the race. In addition, there’s a Japanese village, food stalls and car components exhibition from the Land of the Rising Sun.

After the DTM Hockenheim finale, the scene will shift to Japan’s Fuji Speedway for the inaugural ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’, from 23 – 24 November.


Marquez takes 77th career victory at Misano

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez took a convincing win at the San Marino Grand Prix from Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. Prior to the race, both Repsol Hondas of Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo topped the final practice session.

The defending champion had a less-than-superb start to slot in third behind Quartararo and Vinales. Vinales lost the lead to fellow Yamaha rider on the opening lap. It didn’t take long for him to squeeze past Vinales on lap 4 to go after the Satellite Yamaha rider next.

Quartararo led for a time until Marquez cut his lead down lap after lap.  Vinales hung tight in third, being pursued by team mate Valentino Rossi.

In the closing laps, Vinales had closed up to less than a second to the lead riders. With the two leading men occupied with their own battle, the number-12 rider was riding on the limit. He came under 0.8s behind Quartararo but wasn’t able to put in a move.

The start of the last lap saw Marquez’s machine roar past Quartararo heading into Turn 1, the pair briefly sparring before Marquez made the move stick later in the lap. He topped Quartararo with a gap of 0.903s, Viñales took the chequered flag in third place, 1.636s from the front.

Marquez returned to the top step of the podium after back-to-back second place finishes. The win moves him 93 points clear of title Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth. There are six races to go. With the win, Marquez became  the fourth most successful rider in Grand Prix history.

Fourth was Rossi who struggled through the race. The Doctor moved up a spot on lap 6 and came up fifth a lap later when he overtook Pol Espargaro. It took a while before he was able to earn fourth place. He held Franco Morbidelli at bay in the closting stages and took fourth at the line.

Behind Morbidelli was Dovizioso, the championship runner-up. Seveth through tenth finishers were P.Espargaro, Joan Mir, Jack Miller and Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci.

The MotoGP teams and riders move to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit.

2019 MotoGP San Marino results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    42’25.163

2     QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT       0.903

3     VINALES MaverickYamaha MotoGP 1.636

4     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha MotoGP 12.660

5     MORBIDELLI Franco  Yamaha SRT       12.774

6     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducatii       13.744

7     ESPARGARO Pol       KTM Factory 20.050

8     MIR Joan      Suzuki    22.512

9     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   26.554

10   PETRUCCI Danilo      Ducati       31.456

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  93   SPA       275

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   4     ITA       182

3     PETRUCCI Danilo      9     ITA       151

4     RINS Alex     42   SPA       149      

5     VINALES Maverick     12       SPA       134

6     ROSSI Valentino  46   ITA  129      

7     QUARTARARO Fabio 20       FRA       112

8     MILLER Jack 43   AUS       101      

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      35       GBR      88  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco  21   ITA       80

Mercedes present New Formula E Challenger

On its debut season in the Formula E Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented their new challenger, the EQ Silver Arrow 01. The Mercedes Formula E Team will send out two EQ race cars to the 2019/20 season’s first race in November in Saudi Arabia.

Piloting the EQ race cars are former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne and current Formula 2 championship leader Nyck de Vries. Vandoorne is about to embark on his second season in the electric racing series. At the same time, he can look back on experience gained in 41 Formula 1 races. “I’ve already gained experience of the series racing for HWA last year. I am very pleased to have now become an official member of the Mercedes family. The arrival of Mercedes on the scene is a great opportunity for all of us. The car looks fantastic. The potential is huge, and I simply can’t wait to get started.”

De Vries is about to commence his debut season in Formula E. With four races still remaining in the 2019 F2 championship, he currently leads the drivers’ standings. The final round is scheduled to take place as part of the support program to the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi one week after de Vries’ Formula E debut.
  
  
The Mercedes EQ race car has the electric powertrain, designed and developed by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP). The EQ race car, in Generation two guise, has a unique design which differ compared to the other Formula E teams. The teams in the series develop their own components (inverter, motor, transmission, parts of the rear axle and the software for energy management) as part of the cars’ package.
 
With its entry into Formula E, Mercedes has become the world’s only automotive manufacturer to compete in both Formula 1 and Formula E. This strategy enables Mercedes to transfer the lessons learnt in both championships from the racetrack to the road. The two platforms together constitute an important technology driver for the entire Mercedes family and will help to shape the future of the automobile.
  
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 Specs
 

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Dimensions    
Overall length:   5160 mm
Overall width:   1770 mm
Height:   1050 mm
Front track:   1553 mm
Rear track:   1505 mm
Ride height:   75 mm (max)
Wheelbase:   3100 mm
Minimum weight (incl. driver)   900 kg
Performance    
Battery (weight):   385 kg
Battery (Capacity):   52 kWh
Battery (charging times):   ca. 45 minutes
Power output (practice & qualifying):   250 kW (340 hp)
Power output (race):   200 kW (272 hp)
Attack Mode:   235 kW (319 hp)

Two wins in a row for LeClerc

It was only a week agp that Ferrari’s rookie Charles LeClerc took his maiden win at the Spa-Francorchamps. Before he even got soaked into it, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza which happened to be Ferrari’s home race saw the Ferrari Rook take his second win, again beating the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Although a little late in the season, LeClerc is proving he is the main staple of the team instead of 4-time F1 Champion Sebastien Vettel. Speaking of Vettel, he skidded in the early part of the race and had to battle his way back to end up 13th. LeClerc’s win means Ferrari has 237 wins in F1 and their 9th at Monza.

The race start had LeClerc in front of the two Mercedes, while Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg beat out Vettel for fourth position. Vettel would snatch fourth back in an instant.

Lap 6, Vettel was too eager to get close to the second Mercedes and collided with Lance Stroll’s car at the Ascari. He reoovered but was way back in 19t , after a stop to change the front wing and having to serve a 10-second stop and go.

Up front, the Mercedes didn’t give much room to Leclerc as they gave chase. The Rook however managed to maintain a small lead over Hamilton, up to the point when the Mercedes was due for  a stop on lap 19. Ferrari decided the pit the race leader the lap after. It was then an interesting battle between Hamilton and LeClerc happened at the Roggia turn. The Ferrari’s tyres weren’t up to temperature yet. But, the rookie wouldn’t give in even with Mercedes cars chasing him to the brink. LeClerc was able to hold them off.  Ferrari attributed this to the new Power unit, the speed of the car, the specially-tuned aerodynamics and the amazing drive of LeClerc. The LeClerc-Mercedes pursuit went on for 33 laps.

In the final stages, LeClerc held his own as the Mercedes settled into their respective positions. The Ferrari finished just 850 thousandths of a second ahead of Bottas’ Mercedes. Hamilton was third, while the two Renaults of Daniel RIcciardo and Hulkenberg were fourth and fifth. Alexander Albon took sixth for Red Bull with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in seventh and eighth. Final points went to Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The Formula 1 World Championship resumes in a fortnight’s time in Singapore.

LeClerc commened, “It felt ten times stronger than anything I have ever experienced in my whole career. It was very special. The first stint was quite controlled, but the second stint was a bit less strong on my side, because I had to focus on the car behind me a lot as the gap was closing. It was very difficult and I had a lot of pressure on me.”

2019 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix results

1     16   Charles Leclerc       FERRARI      53   1:15:26.665       25

2     77   Valtteri Bottas       MERCEDES 53   +0.835s  18

3     44   Lewis Hamilton       MERCEDES 53   +35.199s       16

4     3     Daniel Ricciardo       RENAULT     53   +45.515s       12

5     27   Nico Hulkenberg       RENAULT     53   +58.165s       10

6     23   Alexander Albon  RED BULL      53       +59.315s       8

7     11   Sergio Perez BWT   53       +73.802s       6

8     33   Max Verstappen   RED BULL      53       +74.492s       4

9     99   Antonio Giovinazzi       ALFA ROMEO       52   +1 lap    2

10   4     Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT     52   +1 lap

Drivers standings

1     Lewis Hamilton    GBR       MERCEDES 284

2     Valtteri Bottas      FIN       MERCEDES 221

3     Max Verstappen   NED       RED BULL RACING HONDA       185

4     Charles Leclerc    MON       FERRARI      182

5     Sebastian Vettel   GER       FERRARI      169

6     Pierre Gasly  FRA       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 65

7     Carlos Sainz ESP       MCLAREN RENAULT 58

8     Daniel Ricciardo   AUS       RENAULT     34

9     Alexander Albon  THA       RED BULL RACING HONDA       34

10   Daniil Kvyat   RUS       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 33

Constructors rankings

1      MERCEDES 505

2     FERRARI      351

3     RED BULL RACING HONDA       266

4     MCLAREN RENAULT 83

5     RENAULT     65

6     SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 51

7     RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 46

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI      34

9     HAAS FERRARI  26

10   WILLIAMS MERCEDES     1