Italian GP: Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton set for ‘box-office’ battle

Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton are set to do battle back as they discuss with a»box-office» front row at Sunday’s Italian GP, together with dwelling favourites Ferrari trying to finally end Mercedes’ Monza dominance.
Leclerc, Ferrari’s brand new superstar who just hauled off Hamilton a week ago in Spa, starts on pole and are going to have the weight of a nation on his shoulders since the in-form young Monegasque bids to the Scuderia’s first triumph in front of their enthusiastic’Tifosi’ fans since 2010.
The race begins at 2.10pm Sky Sports F1, together with accumulation at 12.30pm.
«Seeing all of the fans as mad as [Saturday] was unbelievable,» Leclerc told Sky F1 after rolling out a eccentric qualifying session. «I actually hope to see them that way [on Sunday] under the podium.»
However, with Sebastian Vettel at the Ferrari, Leclerc is exposed.
Hamilton starts behind the 21-year-old and will lead Mercedes’ charge ahead of Valtteri Bottas, along with the Silver Arrows are convinced considering than they anticipated at the fastest track of F1 they have been closer.
«I really like that it’s that close and it is not several tenths,» explained Hamilton, just 0.039s away Leclerc on Saturday.
Mercedes have won the past five races at Monza, together with Hamilton that the victor. Last year, he passed Vettel to the very first lap before searching following Ferrari.
He is in an even better place in 2019.
«I definitely think we could keep them up,» added that the championship leader, who will look to expand his 65-point advantage. «Whether we can close the gap and then overtake them, time will tell.
«I have to be thankful that I am on the front row. We expect to have a struggle. We have split themas a group it is a really good position for us to be in.»
Leclerc said:»It is going to be very, very hard because, first of all, they’re quick, second, slipstream and DRS are very important here. For sure it is going to be difficult to keep them behind, although I believe the race rate is very good, much better than at Spa.
«I feel a very good start from myself and from Seb will probably be extremely crucial for the great outcome.» .
The possibility of Leclerc vs Hamilton enthuses the Paul Di Resta of sky F1 again.
«It has box office,» said Di Resta. «Ferrari on pole gets the crowd going. Charles has been embraced by them.
«Lewis must perform a little overtaking to acquire this raceas he did last year. Tricky circumstances, it needs to be good.»
Vettel, with no success in over a year, will start with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Nico Hulkenberg Saturday, after their superb. Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Alex Albon discuss the fourth row.
And keep an eye out for an Max Verstappen show, together using the Dutchman ready to do some overtaking as he begins at the rear of the grid , behind Pierre Gasly who have motor penalties along with Lando Norris.
Italian GP Provisional Grid
1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
5) Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
6) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault
7) Carlos Sainz,» McLaren
8) Alex Albon, Red Bull
9) Lance Stroll, Racing Point
10) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
11) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
12) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
13) Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso
14) Romain Grosjean, Haas
15) Sergio Perez, Racing Point
16) George Russell, Williams
17) Sergey Sirotkin, Williams
18) Lando Norris, McLaren
19) Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso
20) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

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