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F1 Italian Grand Prix - LIVE


Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 Italian Grand Prix, brought to you from Monza, Italy. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be keeping you up to date with the latest news and action as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head in their battle for the drivers' championship.
    Latest news:
    • Lewis Hamilton falls from pole to fourth at the start; Nico Rosberg leads from the first corner
    • Kevin Magnussen jumps up to second, but Felipe Massa and Hamilton soon pass by
    • Rosberg goes off at the first corner allowing Hamilton to take the lead
    • Top Five: 1. Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Massa 4. Bottas 5. Ricciardo
    • RET: Chilton (lap 6) Alonso (lap 29)
    9/7/2014 10:28:40 AM
    Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 Italian Grand Prix, brought to you from Monza.
    9/7/2014 10:17:34 AM
    So here we are, the end of the European season before he turn towards the run-in to the end of the 2014 season with the fly-away races. Lewis Hamilton starts on pole, the first since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May, and he's looked faster than Nico Rosberg throughout the weekend. There's a lot of talk of the Williams' pair attacking the two Mercs early one, but can they upset the odds?
    9/7/2014 10:38:01 AM
    For Hamilton, it was a welcome pole after Rosberg had taken a string of top spots on Saturday. Our very own David Tremayne was on hand to report yesterday's affairs:
    Lewis Hamilton finally put one over his Mercedes nemesis Nico Rosberg on Saturday, claiming his first pole for seven races and four months of persistent frustration. With the German second on the grid, you will be able to cut the tension in the Mercedes pit with a blunt knife come the start of today’s Italian Grand Prix, when the pair head off the grid down to the silly first-corner chicane wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph – trying not to collide. Both insist they know the score after the acrimonious crunch between them on the second lap last time out in the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps.
    Read the full qualifying report here.
    9/7/2014 10:39:46 AM
    Here's how the grid lines up:

    1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.109secs,

    2 Nico Rosberg(Ger)Mercedes GP 1:24.383,

    3 Valtteri Bottas(Fin)Williams 1:24.697,

    4 Felipe Massa(Bra)Williams 1:24.865,

    5 Kevin Magnussen(Den)McLaren 1:25.314,

    6 Jenson Button(Gbr)McLaren 1:25.379,

    7 Fernando Alonso(Spa)Ferrari 1:25.430,

    8 Sebastian Vettel(Ger)Red Bull 1:25.436,

    9 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus)Red Bull 1:25.709,

    10 Sergio Perez(Mex)Force India 1:25.944,

    11 Daniil Kvyat(Rus)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.070,

    12 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin)Ferrari 1:26.110,

    13 Jean-Eric Vergne(Fra)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.157,

    14 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger) Force India 1:26.279,

    15 Adrian Sutil(Ger) Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.588,

    16 Esteban Gutierrez(Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.692,

    17 Pastor Maldonado(Ven) Lotus F1 Team 1:27.520,

    18 Romain Grosjean(Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:27.632,

    19 Kamui Kobayashi(Jpn) Caterham 1:27.671,

    20 Jules Bianchi(Fra) Marussia 1:27.738,

    21 Max Chilton(Gbr) Marussia 1:28.247,

    22 Marcus Ericsson(Swe) Caterham 1:28.562

    Note: Due to having used his sixth engine of the season Daniil Kvyat has received a 10-place grid penalty and so will start 21st.

    9/7/2014 10:42:00 AM

    Hamilton has appeared a far more relaxed figure in Monza, but can he triumph today? 


    9/7/2014 10:45:24 AM
    There's a lot of Lewis love out there this morning...

    9/7/2014 10:46:37 AM
    Of course, Monza is the fastest track on the calendar, where the drivers will spend around 70% of a single lap at full throttle. While the old banking - which still surrounds the modern day circuit - is no longer in use, Monza still holds a certain prestige among race fans, and hat's before you take a look as the sea of red as the Tifosi flood into the grandstands.
    9/7/2014 10:50:32 AM
    While he may be starting down in eighth, Sebastian Vettel's helmet is certainly an interesting one:
    Vettel continues his trend of changing helmets throughout the season 


    9/7/2014 10:53:18 AM
    No Italian Grand Prix is complete without a look at Ferrari. While they may be struggling for pace this weekend, there's still a number of you hoping for a decent showing today. Alonso starts seventh and Raikkonen is down in 12th.

    9/7/2014 10:57:40 AM
    Many of you will know him as the QPR chairman, but Tony Fernandes will be credited as the man who revived Lotus. The former Caterham boss spoke wit David Tremayne about his time in the F1 paddock in an exclusive interview with The Independent:
    “There’s nothing wrong in trying and failing,” he says. “I’ve had an unbelievable life. I’m 50 years old, and I brought Lotus back. No one can take that away from me. And Caterham is a much better known car manufacturer now. We’ve doubled our sales. I’ve met some great people. And I’ve learned how not to do things. I’ve learned about focus.
    Read more of what Fernandes had to say about F1 here.
    9/7/2014 11:00:38 AM
    How does Hamilton v Rosberg compare to the previous great F1 rivalry's? It brings back echoes of Hakkinen v Schumacher, Senna v Prost, Lauda v Hunt and Fangio v Moss. That can't be a bad thing, but will it end well? Just 50 minutes to go until lights out.
    9/7/2014 11:07:27 AM
    The pressure is on Hamilton to make it a British Sunday clean sweep in Monza. In the GP3 series this morning, Dean Stoneman drove a fantastic race to win arguably the race of the season, while GP2 championship leader Jolyon Palmer clinched victory in a dramatic sprint race to extend his lead at the top of the standings. Can Hamilton round it off, or will Rosberg land another blow for the Germans?
    9/7/2014 11:09:05 AM
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    9/7/2014 11:15:00 AM

    Despite a tough season, the fans are still firmly behind Vettel 


    9/7/2014 11:22:13 AM
    30 minutes to go and the engines are firing up in the pit lane. How crucial could this grand prix be to determining the eventual champion? Hamilton can't afford another DNF, but a mistake from Rosberg could cost him dearly. It's all to play for.
    9/7/2014 11:30:14 AM
    We're expecting a one-stop strategy across the field, with the drivers expected to come in between lap 18 and 25. The pit lane at Monza is also a very wide one, so there shouldn't be too much trouble when it comes to the stops.
    9/7/2014 11:31:50 AM
    As it stands, unsurprisingly Lewis Hamilton leads the poll. We'll give you until lights out to vote for your winner of the Italian Grand Prix. Rosberg trails Lewis 58% to 21%, while 13% are backing Bottas to spring a surprise. Brilliantly, one person has voted for someone outside the top seven, and I can only think that Max Chilton has taken a quick second to give himself a nomination. Keep going Max!
    9/7/2014 11:37:15 AM
    It appears Ricciardo still hasn't got used to his Red Bull despite his three wins
    Daniel Ricciardo climbs into his Red Bull 


    9/7/2014 11:42:05 AM
    9/7/2014 12:00:35 PM
    Lap 26: Hamilton pits with a 2.7 second stop - 1 tenth faster - but he's comfortably behind Rosberg when he comes out. That should be the stops done for and it's a race to the finish - providing they don't crash... Bottas makes light work of Perez and moves up to eighth.
    9/7/2014 12:42:42 PM
    Lap 27: Red Bull comes out into the pit lane to receive Ricciardo from third, and that elevates Kvyat to fourth with the Toro Rosso yet to stop. Massa returns to third and Vettel will move up to fourth when Kvyat pits.
    9/7/2014 12:44:16 PM
    Lap 28: Hamilton gets the message to drop back to around two seconds back in order to preserve the tyres. Hamilton responds by putting in the fastest lap of the race. It seems Hamilton doesn't do slowing down.
    9/7/2014 12:45:41 PM
    Lap 29: HAMILTON LEADS! Hamilton was putting Rosberg under enormous pressure as he was within DRS range of the leader. Rosberg, perhaps feeling the pressure, out-brakes himself into turn one for a second time and has to go straight on. He rejoins the track but Hamilton is already past and into a healthy lead.
    9/7/2014 12:47:46 PM
    Lap 30: While Hamilton assumes the lead, Fernando Alonso' Ferrari grinds to a halt at turn one of the crowd favourite is out of the race with a mechanical failure. That's the first time Alonso will fail to finish on the podium at Monza since joining Ferrari.
    9/7/2014 12:51:07 PM
    Lap 32: Bottas attempts to pass Magnussen into turn one, but the McLaren holds firm and pushes Bottas out, forcing him to cut the chicane. The Williams is still in touching distance though.
    9/7/2014 12:52:55 PM
    Lap 34: Bottas makes another lunge going into the second chicane but Magnussen is showing a strong defence to exceed his lack of experience. Ricciardo dives inside Raikkonen into turn one to take ninth, but it's the Magnussen-Bottas battle that is the best watch at the moment as Hamilton has built a near-four-second lead.
    9/7/2014 12:55:20 PM
    Lap 35: Ricciardo is given the hurry up to latch onto the back of Button in eighth, but the Aussie is lapping significantly faster than the pack in front. Hamilton leads by 4.4 seconds, and it gets worse for Rosberg as he's used more fuel than his team-mate.
    9/7/2014 12:57:29 PM
    Matt_L on Felipe Massa:
    Would be great to see Massa finish on podium ahead of Vettel. He has had more bad luck than any other driver and deserves his spot.Matt_Lat 1:57 PM
    He's certainly been accused of under-performing this season, but not many would deny seeing Felipe on the podium would be a pleasant sight.
    9/7/2014 12:58:41 PM
    Lap 37: Bottas finally gets by Magnussen diving down the outside of turn one and moving up to fifth. It was noticeable that a large cloud of brake dust appeared from the Williams that time by and he's certainly done a lot of heavy braking today. To add salt to injury, Magnussen is hit with a five-second penalty for pushing Bottas off earlier, which seems largely unfair for me. He is not due to stop again, meaning he'll have to pit out of turn and lose a total of 30 seconds.
    9/7/2014 1:00:52 PM
    Lap 39: With 14 laps to go, let's take stock. Hamilton leads Rosberg by 4.3 seconds, with Massa in a lonely third place. Vettel will have a battle with Bottas for fourth and fifth with Magnussen set to lose sixth when he pits. Button overtakes Perez in turn one, but the Force India is fighting back. The race side-by-side through the Curva Grande, second chicane and bot Lesmo corners, and Perez seals the spot with a fantastic defence. Brilliant driving from both drivers.
    9/7/2014 1:03:43 PM
    Lap 40: Bottas passes Vettel to return to fourth, and that battle didn't take long. Ricciardo then surprises Button to move up to eighth, and from eyeing up seventh button is now down to ninth.
    9/7/2014 1:05:00 PM
    Lap 41: Take a bow Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian pressures Perez into locking up into turn one. He then gets a good exit from turn two, and switches from left-to-right-to-left going into the second chicane, nailing the pass in the process. Great racing from the Red Bull driver.
    9/7/2014 1:06:23 PM
    Lap 42: Button finally passes Perez, but Button is compromised on the exit. He holds off the Mexican on the run to the second chicane, but out-brakes himself and Perez gets a lovely exit to pass by on the run to Lesmo. Maybe third time lucky for Jenson?
    9/7/2014 1:07:28 PM

    Rosberg leads the field into turn one 


    9/7/2014 1:08:19 PM
    Great action throughout the field:

    9/7/2014 1:09:55 PM
    Lap 45: Ricciardo gets sideways as he locks up his tyres into turn one, but it doesn't matter as he passes Magnussen for sixth in the process. The next man up the track? His team-mate Sebastian Vettel. This could get tasty.
    9/7/2014 1:10:49 PM
    Lap 47: Both Merecedes are nursing brake temperatures. Ricciardo is given the message to go and catch Vettel, and he's just four-tenths behind.
    9/7/2014 1:13:41 PM
    Lap 47: Ricciardo makes his move immediately into turn one. Vettel fights back, and as the two emerge through the red smoke from a flare side-by-side, it's Ricciardo who takes fifth. Great stuff from Ricciardo and it's no surprise why he's so well liked.
    9/7/2014 1:15:00 PM
    Lap 49: Vettel could be in trouble here. Magnussen is catching him quickly, and while he will get a five-second penalty after the race he's pulling Button and Perez with him. Can the German hold on to sixth in the remaining four laps?
    9/7/2014 1:17:52 PM
    Lap 50: Hamilton has a massive lock-up going into turn one. Ferrari confirm Alonso retired with a ERS failure, as Grosjean holds onto 16th ahead of Gutierrez only via the Sauber running off in his attempt to pass.
    9/7/2014 1:19:21 PM
    Lap 51: Gutierrez suffers a puncture as a result and he has to limp round the entire circuit to recover to the pits. Perez is hassling Magnussen for seventh, although at this rate he'll get it regardless due to the Finn's penalty.
    9/7/2014 1:20:15 PM
    Lap 52: Rosberg as the gap down to 3.6 seconds, but he's quickly running out of time to challenge his team-mate. Perez is all over Magnussen here.
    9/7/2014 1:21:00 PM
    Lap 53: Kvyat has a massive moment at turn one! The Toro Rosso arrives at about double the speed of those in front and he narrowly misses the back of Raikkonen by taking avoiding action. That could've been a nasty accident, and looks to have been a brake failure rather than driver error. Hamilton is on the final lap.
    9/7/2014 1:22:27 PM
    CHEQUERED FLAG: LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX!
    9/7/2014 1:23:06 PM
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