Live updates of the Italian F1 Grand Prix

F1 completes its triple circuit this weekend at the fastest track on the calendar as the series heads to the ‘Temple of Speed’ of Monza. Max Verstappen wants to move a step closer to a second-row drivers’ championship, but will have to overcome a five-place penalty to do so. Conversely, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is poised to take a slice of Verstappen’s 109-point weekend lead and is off to a good start by claiming pole in Saturday’s qualifying session.

Start of the Italian Grand Prix

  1. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

  2. George Russell, Mercedes

  3. Lando Norris, McLaren

  4. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

  5. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT

  6. Fernando Alonso, Alpine

  7. Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT

  8. Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT

  9. Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault

  10. Nyck de Vries, Williams-Mercedes

  11. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  12. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

  13. Nikolaos Latifi, Williams-Mercedes

  14. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  15. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes

  16. Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari

  17. Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari

  18. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

  19. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  20. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT

Grid drops in abundance

Due to the allocation of parts and/or engine components by the teams, several stronger cars will be relegated to the middle or rear of the pack to start the Italian Grand Prix. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz along with Yuki Tsunoda should start at the back of the grid, while the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher receive a 15-place drop. Sergio Perez will drop 10 places while his Red Bull team-mate Verstappen and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon will both start at least five places lower than they qualified.

Albon out with appendicitis

Williams-Mercedes driver Alexader Albon has been diagnosed with appendicitis and is out of the Italian Grand Prix at the weekend. Mercedes reserve driver and 2019 Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries will make his Formula 1 debut filling in for Albon for qualifying and the race.

Italian Grand Prix TV program

Fans in the United States can watch practice, qualifying and the race on television via the ESPN family of networks or via stream via ESPN or F1TV Pro.

(All times ET)

Saturday, September 3

Qualifying: 9:55 – 11 am (ESPN)

Sunday, September 4

Pre-race show: 7:30 – 8:55 am (ESPN2)

Italian Grand Prix: 8:55 – 11 am (ESPN2)

Top drivers and best bets for the Italian Grand Prix

Having won 10 of 14 races so far and with the aforementioned points advantage, Verstappen enters as the overwhelming favorite at -185 according to BetMGM. Leclerc has the next best money at +200, followed by Mercedes’ George Russell at +700. The rest of the field, mostly due to the expected engine penalties, is at +4000 or more.

Defending F1 champion Max Verstappen looks to be one step closer to another title this weekend at Monza. (Reuters Photo/Massimo Pinca)

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg likes Verstappen at -200 to take pole with Red Bull’s strong straight-line speed advantage and both the Mercedes of Russell and seven-time drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton to finish in the top six (-200) . Bromberg also points to Verstappen’s chances of fastest lap (-140), Perez to finish on the podium (+150).

Italian Grand Prix weekend forecast

The weather shouldn’t play too much of a role, as forecasts call for highs around 80 degrees with clouds for Saturday’s qualifiers and sunshine for Sunday’s race.

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