Italian Grand Prix LIVE: Latest updates from F1 race as Max Verstappen starts on pole

Max Verstappen (left) starts on pole while Daniel Ricciardo is second on the grid

The Formula One Italian Grand Prix takes place at Monza this afternoon as title-race leader Max Verstappen looks to increase the gap to rival Lewis Hamilton from pole position.

Defending champion Hamilton will start fourth on the grid and trails Red Bull’s Verstappen by five points in the drivers’ standings, with the Dutch-Belgian having gained two points by coming second in Saturday’s sprint race. That contest was won by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will be replaced by George Russell next season, but the Finnish driver will in fact start at the back of the grid today after receiving a penalty for a power unit change.

Seven-time F1 champion Hamilton could only manage a fifth-placed finish in sprint qualifying, with Daniel Ricciardo third and McLaren teammate Lando Norris fourth. The pair will therefore start from second and third spot at Monza this afternoon, with Ricciardo on the front line. Last year’s Italian Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly crashed out while entering the first chicane during the sprint and will line up 19th on the grid today.

Following Saturday’s event, Hamilton said: “You saw the pace of Red Bull – I don’t know if they are quicker than Valtteri, but it should be an easy win for [Verstappen]. They’ve got more pace, and from what I understand they bring upgrades to every race.”

Follow all the action live from the Italian Grand Prix, with updates provided below.

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Italian Grand Prix: How did Saturday’s sprint affect standings?

The sprint qualifying race on Saturday saw the top three finishers earn points and Max Verstappen’s second place finish meant he extends his lead to five points in the driver’s standings.

Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, on 226.5 and 221.5 points respectively, are head and shoulders above the rest of the field with third place Valterri Bottas on 126 points.

Hamilton, who starts in fourth today, will have to finish close to his rival to collect as many points as possible.

Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton says Verstappen should win ‘easily'

Max Verstappen starts in pole position today and will look to extend his lead over rival Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.

The Brit has started the mind games ahead of the race at 2pm saying the Dutchman should win the race ‘easily’.

Hamilton told Sky Sports after yesterday’s sprint race, in which he came fifth: “It wasn’t great, but it is what it is.

“We underestimated how well [Red Bull] would start. I’ve got to try and figure out how I can get by and try to limit the damage.

“You saw the pace of the Red Bull – they are so fast. It should be an easy win for [Verstappen] and I have to try and get past the two guys [the McLarens] ahead.”

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Title-race leader Max Verstappen will look to increase the gap to rival Lewis Hamilton from pole position at Monza this afternoon.

Defending champion Hamilton will start fourth on the grid and trails Red Bull’s Verstappen by five points in the drivers’ standings, with the Dutch-Belgian having gained two points by coming second in Saturday’s sprint race. That contest was won by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will be replaced by George Russell next season, but the Finnish driver will in fact start at the back of the grid today after receiving a penalty for a power unit change.

Seven-time F1 champion Hamilton could only manage a fifth-placed finish in sprint qualifying, with Daniel Ricciardo third and McLaren teammate Lando Norris fourth. The pair will therefore start from second and third spot at Monza this afternoon, with Ricciardo on the front line. Last year’s Italian Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly crashed out while entering the first chicane during the sprint and will line up 19th on the grid today.

Following Saturday’s event, Hamilton said: “You saw the pace of Red Bull – I don’t know if they are quicker than Valtteri, but it should be an easy win for [Verstappen]. They’ve got more pace, and from what I understand they bring upgrades to every race.”

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