W as for a The outcome of a race in which many had expected a one-two for Ferrari. But the Italian GP developed into a real thriller. That was not foreseeable, however, because with the prediction of a one-stop strategy, the 53 laps could also have turned into a red procession. But they weren't.
Lots of action in lap 1
Already at the start, when both Ferraris started from the front row for the first time since 1994 in Monza, there were tussles . At the Scuderia there was no stable order, so both pilots had free travel. Sebastian Vettel tried to get past Kimi Raikkonen right at the beginning, but had no chance. The big drama then followed when he collided with Lewis Hamilton at Turn 4 and not only damaged the front wing, but also spun, so that he stopped against the direction of travel. The Tifosi had to be very brave, after all, the World Cup runner-up fell back to the end of the field.
But they were well entertained with his race to catch up. The Swiss by choice plowed through the field and sniffed one after the other. And besides, Kimi Raikkonen was still at the helm, who initially kept Hamilton in check. But the consolation did not last long. In the end, the Iceman got such a big tire problem that the Silver Arrow passed him. At least Raikkonen remained on the podium for the local fans with Kimi, a driver who they could cheer for.
Tifosi storm the home straight
After the checkered flag fell, the crowd in Monza was once again crazy and stormed the home straight. While Hamilton was booed at the podium ceremony, he still knew how to celebrate his unexpected success. He took a bath among the crowd of those who were well disposed to him and thanked Valtteri Bottas politely, who meanwhile played the blockade against Raikkonen. Bottas himself had to deal with Max Verstappen, who received a 5-second penalty for defending against the Finn and thus lost third place.
Of course, there were also some highlights off the track. Marcus Ericsson celebrated his birthday at Sauber with a large cake, Fiat Chrysler President John Elkann stopped by to meet Mercedes Board Member Dieter Zetsche and Kevin Magnussen was supported by his father Jan at Haas.
In our picture gallery we show you the highlights from the race in Monza.