McLaren duo finish second and fourth in an extraordinary Italian Grand Prix


One of the most remarkable Italian Grand Prix’s was won by Frenchman Pierre Gasly on Sunday.

It was a magnificent afternoon for McLaren with the duo of Carlos Sainz finishing second with Lando Norris in fourth place.

Lewis Hamilton dominated the race until he was penalised for being called in for a stop when the pit lane was closed.

Two safety cars mixed up the order with Gasly taking the lead after Hamilton served his penalty.

Hamilton fought back from last place, 18 seconds off the pack to seventh, just two places behind his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Sainz, who was second behind Hamilton was in a good position to benefit from the Brits penalty. But the timing of the pit stops and then a red flag damaged his hopes of passing Hamilton.

He, along with all the leaders pitted during the first safety car period, due to a breakdown for Kevin Magnussen.

At the start of the race it was Charles Leclerc who soon raced into fourth place before losing control and crashing heavily, causing the race to be stopped and restarted.

It was Hamilton who looked untouchable until the mistake which cost him the race. Sainz fought past Stroll into turn one at the start of the second lap but took another four laps to pass Raikkonen.

In a thrilling conclusion to the race the Spaniard chased down Gasly, but the Frenchman held him off to become the first Frenchman to win a race since Olivier Panis who won the Monaco Grand Prix back in 1996.

Norris finished the race in fourth place, six seconds behind Gasly and now has 57 points in the Drivers Standings.

Sainz, currently sits in ninth place with 41 points, with the next Grand Prix back in Italy next weekend with the Tuscany Grand Prix.

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