Italian GP Paddock Notebook – Saturday

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Lewis Hamilton will be leaving the Monza paddock with his tail up after securing his first pole position in almost four months in today’s qualifying session.

The Briton edged out teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg for top spot in the final part of qualifying, finishing two-tenths of a second clear at the checkered flag after producing a scintillating lap in his first run.

For Rosberg, the result ended his four-race streak of starting on pole position, but we must look at the bigger picture here: our two title protagonists are starting the race from the front row of the grid just two weeks after they came together at Spa-Francorchamps.

What more could we want for a race? There will be fireworks. It may not end in contact, but whoever wins – if they win fair and square – will take a huge psychological advantage into the final six-race stint of the season.

Here is the penultimate paddock notebook from the Italian Grand Prix weekend, rounding up all of today’s action and news.



At the end of a rather tenuous two-week period, wasn’t it inevitable that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg would start the Italian Grand Prix side-by-side on the front row of the grid?

Both drivers put in mighty efforts during the qualifying session today, bouncing back from problems earlier on in the weekend. However, when it mattered, Hamilton was able to eke out those extra few tenths in style. In fact, his pole time was set during his first (and theoretically slower) run, and was four-tenths quicker than the rest of the field at first. Eventually, Rosberg managed to halve that gap, but he still just couldn’t find enough time.

So where does this leave us for tomorrow’s race? Both drivers have said that they are free to race as per the meeting held with the team last week, and both know that a repeat of Spa would have dire consequences. You can expect the Mercedes pit wall to hold its breath for the first stint of the race before splitting its drivers’ strategies, just as we saw in Bahrain and Spain. Come the final race to the flag? Who knows. By virtue of his championship lead, Nico is the man who is more likely to settle for second place tomorrow. That said, can Lewis really afford another non-score?

Just behind the Silver Arrows lie Williams, who finally lived up to its billing as the ‘best of the rest’ at Monza. Valtteri Bottas’ long-run pace is reportedly better than that of the Mercedes drivers, but it would come as a great surprise if he is a genuine threat to them. Nevertheless, both he and Felipe Massa will know that a solid points score will take the team above Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

The prancing horse endured a difficult session, qualifying seventh (Fernando Alonso) and 12th (Kimi Raikkonen), but both drivers felt that they could have done little more. For Alonso, this was particularly true, given that all of the six cars ahead of him are powered by Mercedes engines. Time and time again, Fernando drags his car through the mire.

Ferrari’s motorhome was a hive of activity just before qualifying today. According to reports in the Italian press, Luca di Montezemolo could be set to resign as the president of the Italian marque. When he graced a huge media scrum on the steps of the Ferrari team unit today, he made clear that he would not be stepping down. Most left disappointed.

The stage is set for a quite thrilling Italian Grand Prix, so make sure you don’t miss a second of it. Sparks – and perhaps even bodywork – will fly.

You can watch the race live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

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Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.