F1 Italian Grand Prix LIVE: Monza race UNDERWAY with Ricciardo leading Verstappen, Hamilton 4th – latest updates

LEWIS HAMILTON will be gunning to take top spot back from Max Verstappen as the F1 season heads to Italy this weekend.

The Dutchman Verstappen went to the top of the Driver's Championship after his victory at home in the Dutch Grand Prix last week.

And he will have pole at Monza after a dramatic qualifying session.

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Follow all of the latest updates below…

  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ AND SAINZ BATTLE

    The Red Bull and Ferrari drivers are vying for fifth place. They come close to touching but just avoid contact.

  • Ben Hunt

    FIVES SECOND TIME PENALTY FOR GIOVINAZZI

    The Italian has been slapped with the sanction for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner following his spin.

  • Ben Hunt

    GASLY IS OUT

    The Frenchman, also the defending champion of this race, is out. He too has a problem with his car.

    A double DNF for AlphaTauri on the their home race.

  • Ben Hunt

    AFTER A GOOD START, GIOVINAZZI SPINS

    The Alfa Romeo mans loses control on lap one.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 3

    And it is Ricciardo, Verstappen, Norris, Hamilton, Leclerc, Sainz.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON AND VERSTAPPEN TOUCH

    The two title contenders make contact. Hamilton is force wide. He radios his team saying: “He pushed me wide.”

  • Ben Hunt

    GREAT START FOR RICCIARDO

    The Aussie gets the jump on Verstappen and into P1. McLaren are leading this race.

  • Ben Hunt

    FORMATION LAP

    Hamilton is starting on hard tyres. Interesting choice as he will look to go longer on his first set of tyres.

  • Ben Hunt

    BIG DAY FOR McLAREN

    Two cars starting inside the top three. They have real potential for a first win in nine years.

  • Ben Hunt

    PROBLEM FOR TSUNODA

    The AlphaTauri man is having his car pushed off the grid due to some sort of problem.

  • Ben Hunt

    SUCKING DIESEL

    Lots of Italian Olympic athletes and footballers here today, plus this chap.

  • Ben Hunt

    20 MINUTES UNTIL THE START OF THE ITALIAN GP

    Verstappen will start first. Ricciardo in second, Norris in third and Hamilton in fourth.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS WINS THE SPRINT QUALIFYING RACE…

    Only this is not a race.

    And he won't start in P1 due to engine penalties. He will start last.

    But he does get three bonus points.

    Verstappen, who is second and gets two points in the championship, will start on pole in his place.

    Hamilton is fifth after his poor start, misses out on any points.

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  • Ben Hunt

    SLIGHT WOBBLE FOR HAMILTON

    But he's kept it on track. He's dropped time on Norris. Meanwhile, Bottas is 2.1 seconds ahead of Verstappen.

  • Ben Hunt

    SIX LAPS TO GO

    Hamilton is closing in on Norris but the McLaren man remains ahead with the world champion down in fifth.

  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ GETS PAST STROLL

    But does it by ignoring the chicane. He's been told to give the place back or risk a penalty from the stewards.

  • Ben Hunt

    SAFETY CAR IN THIS LAP

    The racing will resume and it is Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo.

  • Ben Hunt

    SMASH FOR GASLY

    The AlphaTauri man is caught up in the mayhem and he lost his front wing and is sent into the barriers. He is out.

    His teammate Yuki Tsunoda is also in the thick of it and tags Robert Kubica, sending the Alfa Romeo into a spin.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON GETS A BAD START

    The Mercedes man has dropped to fifth place after Norris and Ricciardo both leapfrogged him.

  • Ben Hunt

    FORMATION LAP

    All 20 cars are on the gird. Bottas starts on P1 but will start tomorrow's pace in P20 regardless, due to engine penalties.

    All eyes on how Hamilton and Verstappen deal with Turn One.

  • Ben Hunt

    25 MINUTES UNTIL THE SPRINT QUALIFYING RACE

    Good to see Leclerc out on the grid after complaining of feeling unwell in final practice.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS GETS A PENALTY

    The Mercedes man knew it was looming and now the FIA have confirmed that he will get a 10-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race for taking a new engine.

  • Ben Hunt

    MORE WOE FOR FERRARI

    Team are now working hard to fix Sainz's car following his high speed crash in practice.

    Meanwhile, Leclerc stopped driving early in the session as he was complaining of feeling unwell.

  • Ben Hunt

    SESSION OVER – MERCEDES LEAD THE WAY

    Just as they had done in qualifying, it is the world champions who are quickest in Monza.

    Hamilton tops the session ahead of the sprint race coming up at 4:40pm local time – 3:30pm in the UK.

  • Ben Hunt

    MAZEPIN HAS BEEN DONE FOR SPEEING

    The Haas man was clocked at doing 86.6kmh in the pitlane, which is limited to 80kmh.

    It has triggered a €700 fine paid to the FIA coffers.

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