F1 LIVE! Italian Grand Prix race stream, updates, latest news and TV channel with Charles Leclerc on pole

Today’s Formula 1 race promises to be another thrilling affair with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole position ahead of another mixed grid. As engine penalties continue to take their toll in the paddock, the end result is an intriguing 53 lap lead.

In Saturday qualifying, Leclerc edged out F1 championship leader Max Verstappen before the Red Bull driver took a five-place penalty for new power unit components. That means George Russell lines up in second place ahead of the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, who won the race at Monza last year.

Ferarri’s Carlos Sainz and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton took penalties for starting at the back of the grid while Williams driver Alex Albon is out at the weekend after contracting appendicitis. Follow all the latest news and updates from the Italian Grand Prix with our live blog below!

Live updates

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Raikkonen’s Return!

Lots of celebrities in the paddock today… Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Roberto Mancini, Hugh Grant, Gordon Ramsay (still Gordon Ramsay).

And the beautiful Kimi Raikkonen.

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Seb Vettel’s farewell tour continues today

At the scene of his very first victory, in a Toro Rosso no less, he started 11th.

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De Vries admits being pessimistic about F1 chances

Nyck de Vries replaces an ailing Alex Albon this weekend in the Williams and puts his car eighth on the grid for today’s race, having qualified 13th fastest on Saturday.

But he spoke of his feelings about getting the opportunity after spending most of the season as a reserve driver.

He said: “You spend so much time traveling and it never quite happens, so you almost lose sight of expecting it to happen, and obviously it wasn’t even until Friday, but very late on a Saturday, so it was very last minute.

“But maybe that was even good, because then you don’t have a chance to think, and you just have to carry on.”

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Trust the Italians to put on some absolute classic cars for the drivers parade

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Hamilton wants to pass the time

Lewis Hamilton isn’t optimistic about a successful race ahead of starting 19th in today’s Grand Prix.

A series of engine penalties left the Mercedes driver thinking about how best to entertain himself during the race, and he said: “I imagine I’ll be on a DRS train, sitting there and hoping for chances through strategy and damage to the tires of other drivers.

“I thought I’d take my iPad with me on the run and when I’m in a DRS line I’ll just watch Game of Thrones.”

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Starting grid

Engine penalties wreaked havoc on the grid… once again!

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How to watch

TV channel: The race will be shown live on Sky Sports’ dedicated F1 and Main Event channels. Coverage of the Grand Prix on Sunday begins at 1pm BST.

Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the action live online via the SkyGo app.

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Good afternoon!

Welcome to Standard Sport’s race day coverage of the Italian Grand Prix!

After a thrilling qualifying session and a series of grid-shaking engine penalties, Charles Leclerc started on pole with the Ferrari with Max Verstappen demoted to seventh.

The action starts at 2:00 p.m. BST from Monza.

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Qualification report

Charles Leclerc will start the Italian Grand Prix on pole after a brilliant final qualifying lap at Monza.

A number of grid penalties imposed on other drivers meant Leclerc looked almost certain to take pole regardless of his performance in Q3, but he was still the quickest by more than a tenth to score a benchmark ahead of Sunday’s race.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was second fastest but will run down the field after his five-place grid penalty, meaning George Russell, who finished sixth in qualifying, starts on the front row alongside Leclerc .

It’s likely the Dutchman will start fourth, despite that five-place penalty, although that’s yet to be confirmed.

Indeed, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively, but the trio also risk grid penalties. Hamilton will start from the back of the pack alongside Yuki Tsunoda after entering his fourth engine of the season.

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