Lewis Hamilton rocks up in Monza in confident mood and hoping to build-up a head of steam as we approach the business end of the season. We're TOP PRICE GUARANTEED on the Brit, but can he claim his fourth win at The Italian Grand Prix?
Our man pulls out all the stops as he races through the drivers chances and suggests a possible 1-2 that could leave Stan floored in his big race preview, below:
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Hamilton will start first on the grid as he looks to chase down Sebastian Vettel’s slender lead in the championship. Vettel sits seven points agead of the Mercedes driver, with Hamilton’s team-mate Valterri Bottas is in third currently.
Ferrari have the history here. Not only are they Italian and have the home Tifosi crowd behind them, but they also have the most wins in terms of constructors, with 19 successes over the years. However, Ferrari have had something of a barren run of late and haven’t won in Italy since 2010.
Surprisingly, teenager Lance Stroll will begin in second place on Sunday, due to Red Bull pairing Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo earning penalties.
A win for Hamilton will make him the joint-second most successful driver at Monza, drawing level on four wins with Nelson Piquet, with German Michael Schumacher still leading the way with five.
Two of Hamilton’s wins here have come in the last three years, whilst a Mercedes driver has been victorious in each of the last three. One thing to point out is that a constructor has never made it four consecutive wins here.
Fernando Alonso was the last Ferrari driver to earn victory seven years ago on this track but the current McLaren-Honda driver won’t be helped by his penalty either – starting 35 places back on the grid.
A win for Vettel will make him only the second man in history – along with Sterling Moss – to win at Monza for three different teams.
Hamilton will start in Monza from pole position following excellent qualifying sessions in a rain-soaked Italy. That gave him his record 69th career pole. Hamilton finishes 1.1 seconds quicker than Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, whilst Daniel Ricciardo came third.
An extremely quick track, did you know that Monza is the fastest of all Formula One circuits. Races have been held here since 1922, with the venue hosting all but one of the Italian Grand Prix’s.
Most Wins: Ferrari
Track Length: 3.6 miles
Lap Record: Rubens Barrichello (1.21.046
Last Year’s Winner: Nico Rosberg
What We Sayin’?
We’re TOP PRICE Hamilton for this one and although that seems an obvious choice – we think he will be the one to win. However, a dark horse bet could be a Podium Finish for Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen at 5/4 to double your money and a little bit more.
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