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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
  • McLaren's Jenson Button will start in sixth alongside team-mate Kevin Magnussen

    9/7/2014 11:43:25 AM
  • A lot of attention is surrounding the Williams team today. They're reporting a track temperature of a toasty 41c. Bottas and Massa start third and fourth respectively.

    9/7/2014 11:45:23 AM
  • Including today's race, there are just seven races left in the 2014 season - meaning that 200 points are up for grabs including the season ending double-points in Abu Dhabi.
    9/7/2014 11:48:44 AM
  • Mercedes' Paddy Lowe confirms that they are changing Lewis Hamilton's front wing on the grid after it suffered damage on the way to the grid. Lowe believes that the damage happened when his Mercedes hit a piece of equipment while the mechanics pushed him to his grid spot. A very unusual incident, but it doesn't appear to be serious.
    9/7/2014 11:50:09 AM
  • Toto Wolff reveals that his last words to Hamilton and Rosberg were "take is easy". Could that effect the excitement of the race between the two, and could it let the Williams of Bottas or Massa make progress early on? Just 10 minutes to go.
    9/7/2014 11:51:52 AM
  • There's something special about the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, isn't there?

    9/7/2014 11:54:15 AM
  • James Allen confirms that all of the top 10 are on used medium tyres from Q2. Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Sutil, Gutierrez, Grosjean and Ericsson start on new hards, while Raikkonen, Vergne, Maldonado, Kobayashi, Chilton and Bianchi start on new mediums.

    9/7/2014 11:56:22 AM
  • What could Bernie be saying to Hamilton here?

    9/7/2014 11:58:32 AM
  • The formation lap is underway.
    9/7/2014 12:00:27 PM
  • 9/7/2014 12:00:35 PM
  • Needless to say, Hamilton is a heavy favourite in the poll. His 63% dwarfs Rosberg's 15%, with Bottas gaining 12% for a possible upset. Magnussen and Alonso secure 2% and a whopping 5% of you think someone outside the top seven can win the race. Mr Ricciardo and Mr Vettel will take some heart from that. 
    9/7/2014 12:02:24 PM
  • Hamilton brings the pack round onto the grid. We're seconds away from the start of the race...
    9/7/2014 12:03:11 PM
    9/7/2014 12:03:56 PM
  • Lap 1: A horrible start for Hamilton as he is jumped by Rosberg, Magnussen and Massa. the McLaren had a brilliant start to jump up three places to second, while Bottas has plummeted down the order.
    9/7/2014 12:05:11 PM
  • Lap 2: Hamilton is having issues with his ERS, as he reports it's not working on the opening lap. Mercedes tell him to switch to 'torque 3', and Hamilton later reports that his lights are now showing it's working. The team report back that they are still seeing a failure. It means that Hamilton will be lacking the 160bhp boost from the Electrical Recovery System.
    9/7/2014 12:07:54 PM
  • Lap 3: It was a rather clean start, although both Hamilton and Bottas bunched up the pack due to their slow starts. Ricciardo had to take avoiding action as he attempted to re-pass Raikkonen on the outside of turn one. Massa is pressuring Magnussen with Hamilton right behind.
    9/7/2014 12:10:38 PM
  • Lap 5: Massa passes the McLaren coming out of the Curva Grande, and Hamilton quickly follows through out of the second chicane. Massa up to second with Hamilton third, but they're around four seconds behind Rosberg.
    9/7/2014 12:12:01 PM
  • Lap 6: Max Chilton has crashed into the tyre barrier coming out of the second chicane. The Briton out-braked himself before clattering into the large speed bumps on the apex of the corner, launching his Marussia into the air and straight into the wall. No safety car required though, and Hamilton also has ERS available once again.
    9/7/2014 12:14:09 PM
  • Reaction to Chilton's crash and Hamilton's start (the conspiracy theories are back)

    9/7/2014 12:16:10 PM
  • Lap 9: Drama! Rosberg completely misjudges the first corner and goes straight on at the chicane. The telemetry shows that the race leader lost 1.8 seconds to Hamilton due to his unforced error, and the replay shows that he touched the white line with his left-front wheel under braking. The German did well to avoid hitting anything and rejoined comfortably.
    9/7/2014 12:17:48 PM
  • Lap 10: Here comes Lewis! Hamilton lines up Massa down the home straight and moves to the outside of the Brazilian. He sticks there through turn one before slotting ahead in turn two, although Massa put up little resistance. Now can he go and chase down Rosberg? It's all to play for.
    9/7/2014 12:19:02 PM
  • Lap 11: Lets take a look down the field. Vettel is less than a second behind Magnussen, but he has Button, Alonso, Perez and Bottas all in close company. Raikkonen is trying to keep in touch of that pack in tenth, while he has Ricciardo, Hulkernberg and Vergne in close company. Kobayashi and Bianchi are both ahead of the Lotus of Grosjean, who is having a dire weekend as even Maldonado is ahead of him.
    9/7/2014 12:22:02 PM
  • Lap 13: Bottas makes light work of Perez to snatch eighth. His next target is Alonso, and the Williams is showing the pace that saw him qualify in third. Just a shame he had such a poor start.
    9/7/2014 12:24:35 PM
  • Lap 14: At the front, Hamilton is reeling in Rosberg as he sets another fastest lap to cut the gap to just 1.6 seconds. They're getting very close, and it will get interesting should Hamilton fall into DRS range.
    9/7/2014 12:26:35 PM
  • Lap 16: Alonso pulls to the inside to defend from Bottas, but he might as well not bother as the Williams breezes past the Ferrari heading down to turn one. The Finn is up to seventh and now has Button in his sights.
    9/7/2014 12:27:47 PM
  • Mod-race thoughts:

    9/7/2014 12:30:09 PM
  • Lap 17: That Williams is mighty down the straight as he pulls exactly the same move on Button to move up to sixth. At this rate he should be up to dfourth in no time, but can he catch his team-mate Massa in third? We're now entering the pit window should anyone attempt to get the undercut.
    9/7/2014 12:31:25 PM
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