The second Formula 1 race of the weekend will take place this Sunday, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. We’ll be covering all the action from Italy here on his F1 live blog, as Max Verstappen starts on pole following Valtteri Bottas‘ grid penalty. Lewis Hamilton is down in fourth as he looks to collect valuable points in the 2021 Formula 1 championship.
F1 Monza GP – Italian Grand Prix race – LIVE Latest updates
This is the start of our Italian Grand Prix live blog, where we’ll have news from Monza ahead of the race and then we’ll also have lap-by-lap updates. As always on our MARCA In English live blogs, the entries nearest the top are the most recent.
14:55 CEST: Almost time for action
One of the best national anthems in the world done and we’ve got just five minutes to go until we are racing at the Temple of Speed, and the nerves may be kicking in for pole man Max Verstappen. He knows that the two McLarens behind him have nothing to lose in championship terms and a good start could see bold moves from the Papaya cars, but if Verstappen can lead out of the second chicane, he will fancy his chances of clearing off at the front.
14:35 CEST: Emma is the inspiration
Today may have to be one of those special performances from Lewis Hamilton and he certainly has the motivation after watching the remarkable Emma Raducanu win the US Open last night. “It was incredible to see her rise, the sheer focus that she has and her determination – she’s such a sweet person as well,” he said. “The UK has someone to be really proud of and I’m super proud of her as well. I can take inspiration from her today and I will try to do the country proud like she did last night.”
14:20 CEST: Pit lane open
The cars are now on their reconnassaince laps with the ever-excitable Italian crowd giving them a great noise as they venture round Monza. Even if there’s only 50 percent attendance, you can always hear the Tifosi!
14:00 CEST: One hour to go
A fascinating race is just an hour away from lights out and there’s plenty to be intrigued by. Can Verstappen hold off the McLarens on the opening lap? Can Hamilton find a way past his former team? Will Ferrari or even Giovinazzi provide joy for the Tifosi? Where can Bottas get to from 19th on the grid? We’ll get answers to all of this and more this afternoon.
13:10 CEST: Who will win the Italian Grand Prix?
With a couple of hours to go until the start of the Italian Grand Prix, let’s have some predictions. You can have your say in our poll, predicting who you think will win this Sunday’s race.