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Charles Leclerc win Italian Grand Prix after epic battle with Lewis Hamilton to earn Ferrari’s first Monza win in nine years

What a moment of jubilation it was for the ice-veined Monegasque, a 21-year-old in his first Italian Grand Prix wearing the most famous overalls in motor racing. It was not easy, as we were saying, because he had the greatest driver in the world breathing right down his neck for most of this sprint around the Temple of Speed. That meant he spent the majority of the 53 laps with no let up, just an examination of his nerve.

He won for the second time in eight days, following his maiden F1 glory in Belgium last Sunday. It is not entirely right to say Leclerc was faultless.

He ran straight on after locking up at the first corner on lap 36 but he wiggled back out in the lead. Hamilton was less than impressed, saying: ‘There’s some dangerous driving going on.’ The stewards decided – rightly in my view – that Leclerc gained no advantage and therefore let him race on unhampered by punishment.

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS AND STANDINGS 1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1hr 15mins 26.665secs

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:15:27.500

3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:16:01.864

4 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:16:12.180

5 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:16:24.830

6 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:16:25.980

7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1:16:40.467

8 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:16:41.157

9 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo at 1 lap

10 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren at 1 lap

11 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso at 1 lap

12 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point at 1 lap

13 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari at 1 lap

14 George Russell (Gbr) Williams at 1 lap

15 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo at 1 lap

16 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas at 1 lap

17 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams at 2 laps

Not Classified:

18 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 43 laps completed,

19 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 29 laps completed,

20 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 27 laps completed

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 28

2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 221

3 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 185

4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 182

5 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 169

6 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso 65

7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 58

8 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 34

9 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 34 10 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 33

11 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 31

12 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 31

13 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 27

14 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 25

15 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 19

16 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 18

17 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 8

18 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 3

19 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams 1

20 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 0

Constructors standings: 1 Mercedes 505pts, 2 Ferrari 351, 3 Red Bull 266, 4 McLaren 83, 5 Renault 65, 6 Toro Rosso 51, 7 Racing Point 46, 8 Alfa Romeo 34, 9 Haas 26, 10 Williams 1

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