Pierre Gasly took his first Formula 1 victory in style © AlphaTauri

Pierre Gasly out-battled Carlos Sainz to win an all-time classic at Monza, with a Mercedes error earning Lewis Hamilton a penalty that dropped him out of contention.

Gasly took the lead after a restart from a red-flag period on lap 25 while Sainz overtook Lance Stroll – who finished third – and caught Gasly on the penultimate lap but was unable to make the overtake in a sprint to the finish.

He crossed the line less than half a second behind the Frenchman, who gained his position from a genius and instinctive strategy call by AlphaTauri.

Kevin Magnussen retired on lap 20 at the pit entry, causing a safety car and the pitlane to be closed as his Hass was wheeled back to his garage.

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Pierre Gasly celebrates in parc ferme. The three finishers all took their second podium. © AlphaTauri

Gasly pitted as soon as yellow flags were out, before the safety car, but Hamilton pitted a lap later, while the lane was closed, and was given a ten-second time penalty which dropped him right the back of the grid.

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On the restart lap Charles Leclerc smashed into the barriers after losing control on Parabolica which brought out red flags.

That was the period was when Hamilton was awarded his penalty, with Stroll lining up behind, the Canadian holding in the net lead.

He benefitted from being able to change tyres under red flag having not pitted up til then, while the two Alfas completed the top five

Stroll lost the position off the start and then Sainz passed him at the second Lesmo but he held onto third place, a few seconds ahead of Lando Norris.

Sainz chased Gasly so hard in the sprint to the finish but the closest he came to passing was a run to the Rettifilio chicane on the final lap, he then got a poor exit out of the corner which meant he was unable to challenge Gasly for the remainder of the lap.

Sainz looked strong for a podium anyway having ran second throughout the first stint, he passed Bottas on the first lap as the Finn suffered an awful start and dropped to sixth. Throughout the whole race he struggled to make up places and finished fifth.

Norris was initially running third after passing Bottas in a brilliant move around the outside of the Della Roggia chicane, but wasn’t ever able to challenge Stroll at the end.

Renault weren’t able to feature on the weekend that it was announced they’d be renamed Alpine F1 for 2021, Daniel Ricciardo losing out in the safety car pitstops and finishing sixth.

Lewis Hamilton had a strong recovery drive through the field to finish seventh, just ten seconds behind his teammate as he pipped Esteban Ocon on the last lap.

Raikkonen dropped to 13th by the chequered flag despite being in second at one stage, he ran on soft tyres in the final stint, a gamble which didn’t work for him while Williams’ last race as a family team ended pointless with Latifi in 11th.

It was also a torrid day for Ferrari, suffering a double-retirement as Vettel pulled up early with brake failure at high speed.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 53 laps
2 Carlos Sainz McLaren 0.415
3 Lance Stroll Racing Point 3.358
4 Lando Norris McLaren 6
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 7.108
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 8.391
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 17.245
8 Esteban Ocon Renault 18.691
9 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 22.208
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point 23.224
11 Nicholas Latifi Williams 32.876
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 35.164
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 36.312
14 George Russell Williams 36.593
15 Alex Albon Red Bull 37.533
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 55.19
DNF Max Verstappen Red Bull
DNF Charles Leclerc Ferrari
DNF Kevin Magnussen Haas
DNF Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

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