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Live: F1 Italian GP commentary and updates

Follow all of the live Formula 1 updates as they happen for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Live: F1 Italian GP commentary and updates

Max Verstappen comes into the final European race of the season on red-hot form with four consecutive wins, which has seen him stretch his F1 world championship lead to 109 points.

It means the pressure increases on home favourites Ferrari and Charles Leclerc, who took pole position for the Scuderia's home race in Italy.

Verstappen was one of a number of drivers to take a grid penalty for power unit changes, elevating Mercedes' George Russell to the front row - with last year's winner Daniel Ricciardo moved up to fourth behind McLaren team-mate Lando Norris.

By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Stephen Lickorish


  • Verstappen wins Italian GP as race finishes behind the safety car, following its botched deployment
  • Verstappen had been on course for a comfortable win with Leclerc a distant second after Ferrari's latest strategy gamble backfired, before late safety car
  • Sainz climbs to fourth, having started right at the back, while Hamilton is fifth
  • de Vries takes very impressive ninth on his F1 debut with Williams after late call-up


  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Leclerc, Ferrari
  3. Russell, Mercedes
  4. Sainz, Ferrari
  5. Hamilton, Mercedes
  6. Perez, Red Bull
  7. Norris, McLaren
  8. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  9. de Vries, Williams
  10. Zhou, Alfa Romeo
Status: Stopped
Anyway, that's all from us today. Thank you so much for joining us through this quick-fire triple header - we'll leave you alone a bit now, but we'll be back in three weeks' time for the Singapore Grand Prix. See you then!
Verstappen's post-race interview is being drowned out by the fans expressing their displeasure. It's like the anti-Zandvoort.
That said, an incident between de Vries and Zhou is being noted for erratic driving. More on that as we have it.
"Wow, this has been incredible. What a debut. Thank you. **** my shoulders are dead!" says de Vries, today's Driver of the Day.
The crowd in attendance is, how does one put this delicately, making their displeasure known.
Sainz finishes fourth, ahead of Hamilton, Perez and Norris. Gasly is eighth, and Nyck de Vries gets ninth and points on his debut! Zhou completes the top 10.
Leclerc comes home in second, with Russell completing the podium.
And Verstappen indeed wins the 2022 Italian Grand Prix!
So, unless something crazy happens in the next minute, Max Verstappen will win the Italian GP.
And that's it - we're finishing under the safety car. "Come on! It's clear, come on!" Leclerc grumbles.
Ricciardo's car has been cleared away now with one-and-a-bit laps to go.
Given the field still needs to be sorted, it'll be a miracle if we get any laps.
A tractor has reached Ricciardo's McLaren to pick it up and carry it behind the barriers. We've got two laps to go. There could be a one-lap blast to the finish. Maybe.
Verstappen gets the tyre news from the cars behind - scrubbed softs for Leclerc and Russell, and new softs for Sainz.
Ricciardo's stranded McLaren is being attended to by the track marshals but it appears to be stuck in gear, or at least not moving freely, so this safety car could last a while. It could even mark the end of the race.
With Ricciardo dropping out it has promoted Gasly into eighth, de Vries into ninth and Zhou into 10th.
"Can we make a free stop?" asks Verstappen. Leclerc will do the same.
Verstappen and Leclerc do not stop, but Russell and Sainz do. Softs for Russell, softs for Sainz.
It is a full safety car indeed! Here we go!