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F1 Italian GP Live commentary and updates - FP2 & Sprint

Live updates from Saturday practice and the sprint race for the Italian GP at Monza.

F1 Italian GP Live commentary and updates - FP2 & Sprint

By: Stephen Lickorish, Megan White


  • Bottas dominates F1 sprint at Monza, winning from Verstappen and Ricciardo
  • Verstappen will start Italian GP from pole position, with Bottas set for grid penalty due to new power unit
  • Soft tyres help McLarens to leapfrog Hamilton at the start, with Norris holding off the seven-time champion to finish fourth
  • Gasly crashes out after front wing folds under his car, Tsunoda and Kubica clash on first lap but no further action taken
  • Second F1 sprint after its debut at the British GP
  1. Bottas, Mercedes
  2. Verstappen, Red Bull
  3. Ricciardo, McLaren
  4. Norris, McLaren
  5. Hamilton, Mercedes
  6. Leclerc, Ferrari
  7. Sainz, Ferrari
  8. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
  9. Perez, Red Bull
  10. Stroll, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped
We'll be back with the build-up of all tomorrow's action from around 1:30 BST before the green flag at 2:00 BST. Thanks as ever for joining us - we'll see you tomorrow for the Italian Grand Prix.
So, pending any further changes, the grid tomorrow will be Verstappen, Ricciardo, Norris, Hamilton, Leclerc, Sainz, Giovinazzi, Perez, Stroll, Alonso. Fancy picking a winner from that lot?
If you missed any of the action from the sprint, then find the full report here:
Having been all excited about Bottas levelling Rene Arnoux's pole tally, we've been informed that his impending grid penalty means will mean he doesn't get the official credit. Much like Michael Schumacher at Monaco in 2012, who had a grid penalty for clattering into Bruno Senna in the previous race in Barcelona. Good news for Verstappen, oh, and for Arnoux too...
Fair play to Olympic sprinter Marcell Jacobs - in addition to getting his photo op before the start, he was also the man chosen to hand the medals to the top three drivers. Good gig if you can get it.
The other aggrieved party tonight will be Gasly - who was duking it out for P5 with Hamilton into Curva Grande before his wing collapsed and sent him into the barriers. From a possible P4 start, he'll now be on the back row of the grid - and all down to the lightest of touches on Ricciardo's armour-plated diffuser.
You have to feel a little sorry for Bottas. He's got three points from today, but the picture tomorrow is likely to be very different due to a factor completely out of his control.
After the first lap drama for Gasly/Kubica and the shuffling caused by McLaren's fast starts, there wasn't too much by way of action. Alonso once again was the main attraction, his cutback move on Vettel into the first Lesmo one of precious few passes - the other of not being Perez's second (legal) move on Stroll at the first chicane.
Bottas is understandably reserved as he climbs from the cockpit. It's a raised arms, followed by a wave to the crowd combo from the Finn.
So what did we make of F1's second sprint? If you're Lewis Hamilton, it's a disaster (remember, he lost out to Verstappen at the start at Silverstone after topping qualifying the previous day) but if you're Ricciardo, it's mega. All the reaction to come, folks.
"It was good, the start was important," says Verstappen over the radio as he's informed that he'll start P1 tomorrow.
"That counts as pole, that's good," says Bottas after notching up pole number 18. He's now level with Rene Arnoux as the man with the most poles without a world championship.
Ricciardo finishes third, his best 'result' since joining McLaren. With Bottas set to be dumped to the back, he'll start second tomorrow, alongside Verstappen.
Bottas crosses the line first to win the F1 sprint, 2.3 seconds ahead of Verstappen, who comes away with the fastest lap.
Hamilton is still stuck behind Norris and it appears that McLaren's gamble on soft tyres has worked a treat.
Meanwhile, Bottas has started his final lap. It's been a fairly comfortable sprint for the Finn, who is presumably making the most of the clean air he's currently enjoying ahead of a hard race from the back tomorrow.
Sure enough, no further action on Perez is confirmed.
FIA race director Michael Masi responds to a query from Red Bull asking why Perez is under investigation for the move on Stroll, saying the stewards wanted to check whether he had given the place back soon enough, and whether he had gained a lasting advantage from the situation. Jonathan Wheatley is most aggrieved.
Perez is pressing on undeterred though and giving Giovinazzi something to think about - the Italian clinging admirably to the coat tails of the two Ferraris ahead, Leclerc three seconds ahead of the hastily-repaired car driven by Sainz.