Martin Brundle on Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Italy’s tense thriller

And the great races that are F1 keep rolling , ensuring we are the edge of the chairs.
Monza had been a thriller with a fairytale finish. Charles Leclerc may appear to be Harry Potter’s polite younger brother however in battle his wrists have blades that are razor, he also develops horns at 200mph, and his head appears to be as powerful as the carbon fibre Ferrari chassis he led into a glorious triumph on home ground in front of the ecstatic Tifosi at Monza.
From rod position he simply claimed the lead in to turn one. And that he would need to absorb all the Mercedes team could muster to outflank him, two against you as his Ferrari team-mate Seb Vettel made another error by then spinning off by rejoining dangerously, attracting an effective punishment.
First off it was Lewis Hamilton appearing like the combo and using the pressure.
On a variety of occasions Leclerc was robust in safeguarding, pushing the limitations of many regulations. He had been fortunate to acquire a warning stunt as opposed to a penalty when crowding Hamilton into the area of the chicane, having been dancing around through the previous flat-out Curva Grande.
Max Verstappen chose a penalty last year in very similar situation in battle with Valtteri Bottas, also at times with different stewards Leclerc might have been handed the identical pain. It was tough to predict, and I’m really supportive of the’let them race’ philosophy as it’s consistent and liberties aren’t taken by the motorists and ruin everything.
Mercedes pitted the undercut initial to try on mild tyres. Ferrari responded with Leclerc compound tyres that were fitting, and maintained the guide.
And still Hamilton wouldn’t give up, but his tyres would burn prematurely from the turbulent air by Ferrari flying discarded.
Bottas has been closing in on the two and had dipped. It appeared Hamilton and Mercedes would have to allow through Bottas to get a crack at the Ferrari that was wide.
Hamilton went on the brakes to turn one and resolved that conundrum, so it was then match on for Bottas. But Leclerc was also and too quickly off the Parabolica corner fast down the pit straight for Mercedes to pass him.
He made a few errors of his own like a leap over the run-off zone in the first chicane, but ultimately Bottas got a touch too deep into the chicane if it mattered, and lost a little ground.
Leclerc was home and dry and obtained by eight tenths of a second, because his arrived in an unlucky 13th. Vettel cruised through with no cursory look around to Leclerc embracing the Ferrari team that was ecstatic as I waited to interview the victor in parc ferme. It turned out to be a day because of his relationship in Maranello, and he nursing nine penalty points on his race licence for that return to the trail following his twist, so he is one significant incident from a race banning.
Come Seb, you’re far better than that…
Surely there is a world tournament beckoning with Hamilton making a late pit stop to claim the championship stage, and also seven races to go along with nicely over the equal of 2 race victories into his pocket.
Red Bull and Ferrari can take it in turns for the rest of the year to function as Mercedes challenger on circuit layouts, but in reliability and all around performance Lewis and Merc ought to have it covered.
Renault had a very powerful weekend and with a fifth and fourth in the race for Daniel Ricciardo their aero, along with Nico Hulkenberg package working a treat to Monza’s high-speed challenges. With McLaren using a miserable eight times giving off a package of points with both cars, the fight between both Renault-engined teams will likely probably be tense in the final stages.
Alex Albon had another race for Red Bull, after more stronger in the second half. He settled back into it after a trip through the dirt optimistically trying to go for completing an overtake off course.
Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull has been the last unlapped runner in location and began in the back later engine penalties. It may have been much better with no front-wing crunching contact in the first corner for the second Sunday, but that I felt sorry for him that one as from the camera that he was being really cautious. It sounded as though he locked the back axle, hard on the brakes since the pack backed up.
Antonio Giovinazzi scored a couple of things for Alfa in the home in ninth. Antonio isn’t known by me but I didn’t take a woman across the track in the Aston Martin Pirelli Hot Laps who jumped in the car and said’no talk English’. Giovinazzi Mamma’. I have met his mum and she enjoyed the trip around Monza.
I understand a whole great deal of fans were not as pleased with the last qualifying lap that is hectic before trying to start their lap when all of pub Sainz timed-out a few seconds. While recalling that nothing obliges any driver in qualifying to get another run to go, we were looking forward to possibly the fastest-ever lap around the fastest circuit.
Deficiency of overheating and plenty of drag in the most recent cars meant a slipstream at the distance was worth around half a second. Nobody wanted to be dragging round the field such as the leader of a bicycle peloton’s rest, so they missed out.
A minimal time was between two described so that needs pruning. However, ultimately data, bloody mindedness and strategy got in the way of high-speed and opportunity entertainment. Hopefully for the last time.
As the European season came to a close 20, there are just seven races left in this season. Where on earth has this season vanished to? It is sounds inconceivable we can continually expect such races, but there may be plenty of surprises nonetheless, when you think Leclerc could have won Bahrain, Austria, and Germany along with his victories in Monza and Spa.
And Red Bull fancy their chances in tracks like Mexico and Singapore . Talents like Verstappen have a tendency to be once in a generation, but we’ve got Leclerc as well as young and precocious celebrities though F1 still needs a deeper pool of talent that can master these cars.
The shield is changing, however they still cannot overcome King Lewis over a year.

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