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Leclerc claims Italian GP for back-to-back wins

Leclerc claims Italian GP for back-to-back wins Photo: TT
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has made it successive Formula One victories after taking out the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Leclerc finished ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on the podium, earning Ferrari a long-awaited home win in Monza.

Hamilton remains top of the Drivers’ Championship with 284 points, with Bottas on 221 points and Max Verstappen, who finished eighth, on 185 points.

Leclerc moves up to fourth on the standings with 182 points, ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel who finished outside the points in Monza.

“What a race. I’ve never been so tired,” Leclerc told Sky.

“I made a few mistakes but in the end I finished first so I’m very happy with this.

“I need to be careful with the mistakes but obviously none of them made me lose position today.”

The race wasn’t without controversy, when Hamilton left the track with 11 laps to go after a tight battle with Leclerc.

The incident cost Hamilton a shot at victory, but also saw him drop to third. He said he had to “avoid the collision”.

“It seems like the new generation get away with a lot more in that space of how they manoeuvre their car compared to, I would say, the more experienced drivers,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“But it’s good knowledge — now I know — and look forward to the next one.”

Ben somerford
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@bensomerford Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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