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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins, Rosberg 2nd, Massa 3rd
  2. Bottas 4th, Ricciardo 5th, Vettel 6th, Perez 7th
  3. Button 8th, Raikkonen 9th, Magnussen 10th
  4. Hamilton passes as Rosberg misses chicane
  5. Rosberg outbraked himself at Turn One
  6. Hamilton down to 4th at start after problem
  7. Alonso, Chilton out

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  1. Post update

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    So today was the day that Nico Rosberg that cracked under pressure. His championship lead was only dented by seven points but the psychological blow was far more damaging.

    Lewis Hamilton still has plenty of work to do to erode that 22-point championship lead, but his victory at Monza was the first step. Can he build on that in Singapore, a venue where he claimed victory in 2009?

    Until then, it's good afternoon from me. Ciao.

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    Next stop is Singapore, Formula 1's night race. First practice starts at 11:00 BST on Friday 19 September with live text coverage running alongside BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Lewis Hamilton takes a swig

    Here's Andrew Benson's race report, which includes video highlights of the race. We'll have all the key news stories and best interviews from the Monza on the website later today.

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    Caterham announce that Christian Albers has resigned from his position as CEO, just two months after taking the job. Manfredi Ravetto takes over with immediate effect.

    He said in a statement: "Due to private reasons and in order to be able to spend more time with my family, I will resign from my position as CEO of Caterham F1 Team. I wish the team all the best in the future‎."

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    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "It's a terrible feeling to lose the lead like that but in the end Lewis was really quick in the whole race. He came like a rocket and I had to push and I made the mistake.

    "It was really tough, it is still tough now and maybe with the pace he had he would have won anyway, he drove really well and deserved it.

    "It's not a disaster though it's only seven points. After the complications first and second can't get better for the team and that is a big positive for the team and all the support too, which has been great.

    "There's still a long way to go; consistency is going to be one of the most important things. I will still go to every race and try to win it and for Singapore I am very optimistic."

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    Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win

    The pole-sitter wins at Monza for the 12th time in the last 15 races with Lewis Hamilton securing the 28th victory of his career. That moves him ahead Sir Jackie Stewart into seventh on the all-time list.

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    Hamilton interviewd

    "Time will tell [if it makes a difference on the title] but a race like this is always a positive especially when you have a problem like I did and you push on," added Hamilton, who had led just two laps in the last three races combined. "I am not going to go down without a fight and that's just what I thought."

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    Moza: Great job by Lewis today. He drove a good, calculated race. Well done bud.

    Freeze Frame: The row between Lewis and Nico is great publicity for Mercedes, they're lapping it up. Well done Lewis.

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    Hamilton

    "I got here with my family they are the reason I am here today," said Lewis Hamilton. "They don't come to many races, they watch from home but I wanted them here, they bring me luck. Maybe I need to be flying them out for every race."

    On Hammertime: "It came from me when the team tell me to push it, I'd say 'I am, you need to say something cool like Hammertime', so when they say that I know it's on."

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    You can tell Lewis Hamilton is in a good mood. He's not wearing his sunglasses for interviews. Suzi, DC and EJ have grabbed him for a chat outside the garage...

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    Mercedes celebration

    The champagne is flowing as the Mercedes team congregate outside the garage for the team photo. Lewis Hamilton is all smiles, with his step-mum Linda and father Anthony joining him. "It's a very positive moment for Lewis," says Eddie Jordan.

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    Maria Gray: What an amazing race! Really exciting stuff, great win for Lewis but still no points for Sauber. When will their luck change?

    Neill: Have to say, a nice interview by Eddie Jordan with Williams. Great to see them back racing at the front.

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    Claire Williams

    Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams: "I am so pleased for Felipe to get on the podium after such a run of bad luck. I am also really pleased for Valtteri Bottas, he had a bad start but showed off his driving talents which further vindicates our decision to keep our two drivers for next season."

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    We're all done on BBC One but the show is not over, oh no, not by a long stretch. Eddie Jordan has more F1 personalities to quiz, David Coulthard more analysis to give. Flick over to the Red Button now or simply follow it in the console at the top of this page. Don't take both eyes of the live text, though, eh?

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    When asked about his decision to ignore his engineer's suggestion during the race which was to ease back to 2.5 seconds off Nico Rosberg and save tyres for an attack late in the race and instead attack and ultimately pass the German, Lewis Hamilton: "I have a great team of people who work with me, who give me advice and guide me.

    "It's advice, not you have to do this. They give me a bit of information and take that and decide how to use that. I felt I had the pace at the time so I felt I had to use it now, I was certain it might not come again. I knew that was the best time to put pressure on him. I did it a couple of races ago and he doesn't seem to like it, so I'll try it a bit more.

    "We've got a long way to go, but one step at a time. The support I've had from the fans and family has been incredible. I'm going to take that energy and try and move forwards. I'm just going to take it as it comes. Today I still had a problem. I'm still looking for that weekend where you don't have any problems."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "Today was another hard day, but i loved very minute of it," said race-winner Lewis Hamilton. "When you have those issues, you think 'I'm never going to be able to catch up, but you can't let it slip too deep into your thoughts.

    "It's a button we press which engages a launch map, so when you stop, you do your bite point find, select a gear and accelerate a bit. The map helps you control the RPM. You then let the clutch go and do the perfect start - but it wasn't working.

    "I'm grateful I was able not to lose that many positions at the start."

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    McLaren's Jenson Button, who finished ninth, on his battle with Sergio Perez: "It was really good, he seemed to have me covered every time I tried to overtake him.

    "He drove very well and it was a good battle, I'm not sure we could have had that battle last season but I really enjoyed it, he was great.

    "It was a great race but we seemed to struggle with the brakes compared to the other cars."

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    David Johnsen: Bottas is really starting to prove himself as a top driver. Continues to impress me every week. Future champion?

    Kurt: I agree with Eddie Jordan - Daniel Ricciardo & Valtteri Bottas would be my two racers that I'd want for my team as well.

    Benjamin C: Nico not wanting to know Lewis' gap times closing in on him shows another psychological fragility (as well as his braking mistake).

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    Sergio Perez

    Force India's Sergio Perez, who finished seventh: "It was really nice, I enjoyed the fight but the race was very tense I was under pressure more than I was than pressuring others but in the end it was a good result.

    "I was losing power on the back straight so Jenson was getting really close so that's why I was asking not to reduce the fuel, so I could get my power back.

    "I am feeling happy with the team they are giving me good support and I have to say that I am happy to get my career back on track .They gave me s great opportunity, it was very late and there was not really time to prepare. It has been a great year."

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    Valtteri Bottas had a shocker of a start, the Finn dropping from third to 10th. "I had a lot of wheelspin - I dropped the first paddle and immediately lost traction and didn't get it back until I had fifth gear.

    "Our start was also compromised by Hamilton who had a very bad start.

    "I enjoyed it but I would have preferred to have challenged for the race with the Mercedes. But it's good that we got good points from both cars today. As a team we are not yet at our peak and I feel that next year will be better than this year."

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    Felipe Massa

    Felipe Massa's podium was his first since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix and 37th of his career. It moves him up to ninth in the drivers' standings, however, he is still 66 behind Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

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    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, who was classified 10th after a five-second post-race penalty: "There was a lot of pressure throughout the whole race. It was a good start, it was nice to be at the start for a while but in the end it's disappointing to only get one point,

    "It doesn't matter if I think it's [the penalty] fair, it doesn't make a difference.

    "I have improved, the car is feeling good and I am really positive, We are not racing for the championship we are competing with Force India and the other cars in the constructor's championship."

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    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton's victory in Italy is his sixth of the season and 28th of his career.

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    Charlotte JG: Daniel Ricciardo was a joy to watch racing today! Great to hear from him on #bbcf1 - Love the ever present energy, enthusiasm and energy!

    Leon: Really starting to like Daniel Riccardo, just seems to absolutely love his racing and genuinely excited about it all!

    David K Smith: Rosberg the only driver to miss braking point into turn 1. And twice. Key to Hamilton passing. He is either hopeless or obedient.

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    A subdued Sebastian Vettel, who finished in sixth with Red Bull: "It is frustrating, I love what I do but I am here to win and I am not happy to finish fourth/fifth/sixth but the gap between us and the other cars is big at the minute. We need to keep on working hard and I am sure we can close the gap. All in all I think it was all we could do today in terms of points."

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    Marussia's Max Chilton, who retired: Gutted to be out so early at such an awesome track, just made a mistake pushing after overtaking the Lotus. Lesson learnt!

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    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is all smiles as he watches some of his stunning overtakes back with Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard.

    "It was good fun, the start was not planned but we recovered well and kept a cool head," he said. "The race really came to life at the end and the overtaking kept me smiling in the car.

    "I had confidence on the brakes and around this track that helps. It was fun, being out of position at the start we knew we had to do something. We figured the Mercedes would be out in the front being boring so I thought I would make it fun.

    "My lead is around 60 points over Seb [Vettel], I would love to be quicker on merit and not need team orders, but the next couple of tracks are perfect for us so if we need to make any decisions if we can challenge Mercedes for the title then I am sure they will be made."

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    Williams are back into third place in the drivers' standings, 15 points clear of Ferrari with Red Bull 95 ahead.

    Mercedes are running away with it at the front with 454 points, 182 clear of Red Bull.

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    Fans

    The start-finish straight was heaving with fans, most of them Ferrari supporters as you'd expect, as the drivers celebrated on the podium.

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    Josh Stocks: Well that #ItalianGP was brilliant! Great racing especially for the lower points.

    Spencer P Green: A great drive by Lewis today, pushed Rosberg to a mistake but the team still got the result.

    Ryan Hodgetts: Amazing race! Lewis deserved win! Rosberg didn't deserve to be booed though! He's an entertainer, he deserves respect!

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    "The atmosphere is fantastic," said Williams's head of engineering Rob Smedley whose drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished third and fourth respectively.

    "And we got a really good result. We finished where I expected we should have finished. "We made it hard for ourselves but it's all good."

    When asked about what Valtteri Bottas' problem was at the start, Smedley said: "I don't know to be honest. We need to have a look at it. That put us on the back foot.

    "Valtteri did an amazing job, the lad is brilliant. He got the hammer down. The team worked well together and he recovered to fourth."

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    So Nico Rosberg leads the drivers' world championship on 238, 22 clear of Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo 50 points further back.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The mental strength from Lewis to come back from that and take the win was unbelievable. In the end two mistakes from Nico has cost him. He put on a brave face but when he goes home and reflects on this he will know he has been well beaten."

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    Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff: "That was a perfect result, it was very exciting, there was no touching but still some great racing.

    "You mean did we tell Rosberg to miss his break and miss the chicane and allow Lewis to pass him? No not at all.

    "This is for the drivers world championship, Nico was under massive pressure from Lewis and Lewis deserved the win today. His pace was awesome and that's why he won it."

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    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda: "After the start problem, which was down to the car, he really made a good recovery.

    "We had plans before the race, what they should and shouldn't do, and the whole thing was over after the start.

    "We have to ask him what happened. But Lewis gave him a lot of pressure. both of them, they were lapping very close. Lewis made it. I'm happy for Lewis and for Nico."

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    Paul CB: Momentum swings back to Lewis. If he wins the Championship, this race will be seen as the turning point.

    Edward DeCesare: Nico giving Lewis the cold shoulder by speaking in Italian, the crowd giving Nico the cold shoulder by speaking in boos.

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    Williams' Felipe Massa, who finished third: "I am very happy for the first podium of the season, I have not always been lucky but hopefully luck is now on my side for the rest of the season. Thanks to all the fans too, you are the best!"

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    Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "It was a pity it didn't work out today, Lewis drove a great race and he deserved it, so it's all ok."

    The German then switches to speaking Italian and perseveres despite the boos from the crowd.

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    Deputy team principal Claire Williams applauds her driver Felipe Massa as he talks to the fans in Italian. His podium will be a popular result not only among his Williams team and the fans but also the F1 paddock as a whole.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Race winner Lewis Hamilton: "You guys make this race, so thank you for your support."

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    Ex-Ferrari and Benetton driver Jean Alesi - a one-time pole-sitter in Italy - is the man in charge of the podium interviews.

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    Lewis Hamilton fills his trophy with champagne and then takes a massive gulp. The three drivers then chink bottles before posing for the obligatory podium photo.

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    Lewis Hamilton applauds as Nico Rosberg receives his trophy. However, the crowd aren't so accommodating, with a few boos ringing out.

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    Podium at Monza

    Lewis Hamilton holds his winners' trophy aloft, safe in the knowledge his has reduced team-mate Nico Rosberg's championship lead by seven points to 22.

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    Felipe Massa blows kisses to the fans as he strolls out onto the podium while Nico Rosberg makes his debut on the Italian GP podium with second.

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    Now Nico Rosberg - who is fluent in several languages - starts talking to Felipe Massa in Italian, perhaps trying to exclude Lewis Hamilton from the conversation?

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    Nick: Great drive by Hamilton. Beaten Rosberg fair and square on the track. Merc 1&2 great for team.

    Erica James: I got my wish, Lewis Hamilton wins and Williams have a driver on the podium, nice going Massa!

    Chris: Great race, great and crucial win for Lewis, great podium for Massa, great drive as usual by Bottas and Ricciardo.

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    "Good job mate," says Felipe Massa to Lewis Hamilton in the pre-podium room. The former title rivals, who battled in 2008, have a chat while Nico Rosberg hovers on the other side of the room.

  49. TEAM RADIO

    Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "Well done guys on the deserved one-two, it's a good result for the team. Sorry to the guys on my side of the garage. It's a shame."

  50. THE TOP 10

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Massa 4) Bottas 5) Ricciardo 6) Vettel 7) Perez 8) Button 9) Raikkonen 10) Magnussen*

    *Magnussen crossed the line seventh but drops to 10th after his five-second penalty is applied.

  51. TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Nice work Lewis, get in there pal. Beautifully recovered."

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    It's a Mercedes-power unit 1-2-3-4 with Lewis Hamilton heading Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Ex-Ferrari man Massa is going to get a great reception from the fans on the podium.

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    Nico Rosberg crosses the line second with Felipe Massa taking the applause of his team as finishes third for his first podium of the season.

  54. CHEQUERED FLAG

    Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian Grand Prix.

  55. LAP 53

    Lewis Hamilton starts the final lap in the lead of the race, the Briton holding a 3.6 seconds lead over Nico Rosberg.

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    Shohidur Rahman: Wheel to wheel racing is being eliminated from F1 which all these stupid penalties for the smallest incidents. Just so ridiculous.

    Kathryn Addis: Ricciardo further proving that he's a force to be reckoned with.

    James: Great racing! It's a question of how many world titles Daniel Ricciardo will win rather than whether he will win one...

  57. LAP 52

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    Big moment for Daniil Kvyat as he goes flying off at Turn One. Looks like brake failure. He did so well to control the slide and avoid the barriers.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If anyone had any doubt as to the skills and qualities of Daniel Ricciardo he has just passed a four-time world champion in Sebastian Vettel. It was a superb move and he could be a multiple world champion if he is with the right team."

  59. LAP 51

    Esteban Gutierrez has a puncture after clipping Romain Grosjean. "He's [Gutierrez] got no one to blame but himself," said David Coulthard. "I don't like to see drivers weaving around like that."

  60. LAP 50

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    Lewis Hamilton loses half a second to Nico Rosberg! David Coulthard muses that he might have a flat-spot after that lock-up into Turn One.

  61. LAP 49

    "It was firm but fair," says Red Bull boss Christian Horner with regards Daniel Ricciardo's move on Sebastian Vettel. "Daniel is off much better tyres at this stage of the race and he is putting them to good use."

    Big lock up from Lewis Hamilton at Turn One. The Briton is 4.5 seconds clear of Nico Rosberg with four laps remaining.

  62. LAP 48

    Kevin Magnussen has a five-second penalty for that incident with Valtteri Bottas, but he doesn't have to take it in the race - the time will be added to his race time if he doesn't pit again. The Dane is currently seventh.

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    David Teixeira-Lynch: This GP has had some fantastic racing! Wheel to wheel stuff and heart in mouth.

    Stu McAlister: If they had a 'Man of the Match' award, it would have to be Bottas. Each time, 1st corner, another victim. Future champion material.

  64. LAP 47

    Daniel Ricciardo - take a bow. You're having a stunner of a race.

    The Australian pulls alongside Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Turn One. Vettel fights hard to defend that place, but has a poor exit. Ricciardo tucks in behind the four-time reigning world champion and then sells Vettel the dummy at the second chicane, making the move stick to take fifth.

  65. LAP 46

    Daniel Ricciardo sets his personal best lap of the race as he closes to 2.5 seconds behind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

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    Fernando Alonso, who retired, talking Jennie Gow on 5 live: "No [it doesn't have a baring my future], it's a mechancial failure. I've been extremely lucky to finish a lot of races. I see Ferrari as my fututre and what is the project of Mattiacci."

  67. LAP 45

    Daniel Ricciardo continues his charge, the Australian passing Kevin Magnussen at Turn One for sixth place. next up the road is his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

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    Chris: Another storming drive by Daniel Ricciardo. Would be hilarious if he catches and passes Seb.

    Andy Davies: Ricciardo is absolutely eating up the opponents!!!

    William Ogle: Wow! Ricciardo is definitely pushing to get into my favourite drivers. Fantastic racing from him! Imagine if he was in a better car.

  69. LAP 44

    Felipe Massa is 13 seconds behind Nico Rosberg but has a 17-second cushion over Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

  70. LAP 43

    Lewis Hamilton leads by 4.4 seconds, clocking a lap which is three tenths of a second quicker last time around.

  71. LAP 42

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    Fantastic battle between Sergio Perez and Jenson Button. Once again, Button gets the move down at Turn One, but he gets a poor exit and Perez launches another attack before regaining the place just after the second chicane. That has Force India boss Vijay Mallya smiling on the pitwall.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That is just fantastic driving by Ricciardo. He is just so confident behind the wheel."

  73. LAP 41

    Daniel Ricciardo sells Sergio Perez the dummy, jinking one way and the sweeping to the other, diving down the inside at the second chicane to take seventh off the Force India. Stunning stuff. This guy is world champion material.

  74. VIDEO

    Here's the moment Hamilton took the lead from Rosberg after the German missed the chicane. Amazing stuff.

  75. LAP 40

    Daniel Ricciardo takes advantage of the Jenson Button and Sergio Perez squabble, closing the gap and then passing Button into Turn One for eighth, once again showing his prowess on the brakes.

  76. LAP 39

    Jenson Button makes a move on his former team-mate Sergio Perez at Turn One. Nice clean racing, but Perez comes back at the McLaren driver and manages to take the inside line into the Lesmos. Button hangs on around the outside of the first part but has to concede going into the second. Perez holds on to seventh.

  77. LAP 38

    Nico Rosberg comes back at Lewis Hamilton, closing the gap to 4.1 seconds.

  78. LAP 37

    Valtteri Bottas finally passes Kevin Magnussen for fifth place at the first corner. Moments later, Magnussen is handed a five-second stop/go penalty for forcing Bottas off track earlier on.

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    Ben Hibburd: C'mon Lewis bring it home, Rosberg is bottling it when it's a fair fight.

    Sylvia A: Brilliant example of how nerves trigger errors. Hamilton put the pressure on.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Ricciardo is a man on the move. His last lap was the same as the two leaders."

  81. LAP 36

    Lewis Hamilton continues to inch away at the front, the Briton's lead is now 4.3 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. There are 17 laps remaining.

  82. LAP 35

    Sebastian Vettel is catching Felipe Massa in the battle for third, but he's still 3.7 seconds adrift.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That guy [Ricciardo] is an ace racer. The only thing that separates Daniel from Bottas and Magnussen is that we have seen some superb racing from Ricciardo already but we are now getting to see how Bottas and Magnussen cope with driving wheel to wheel."

  84. LAP 34

    The stewards are investigating the incident between Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, when the Finn had to cut the corner to avoid contact.

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    Jonathan Hutchinson: Pressure got to Rosberg. Not a massive Hamilton drive but he is driving like the Hamilton of old.

    Chevers: Rosberg always flops under pressure. But this ain't Canada my friend, you don't get an advantage this time.

    Ben Silveston: Rosberg rattling under the pressure clearly! Easy overtake by Hamilton! Could be decisive for the WDC that!

  86. LAP 33

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    Daniel Ricciardo passes Kimi Raikkonen for ninth place at Turn One. Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso is back in the pits, heading over to the catch fencing to applaud the fans before returning to his garage.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Toto Wolff appeared to have a smile on his face as Hamilton passed Rosberg. I wonder what that was about."

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    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The performance so far is certainly beyond expectation. Bottas looks just a bit quick for all of them at the moment."

  89. LAP 32

    So Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by 2.9 seconds with Felipe Massa nearly 10 seconds further back in third. Sebastian Vettel is four seconds adrift in fourth.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "When I heard the engineer saying about saving tyres for a race at the end I was thinking of the Supertramp song Dreamer but you have to be creative in trying to keep your man motivated. But Rosberg has just seen Hamilton overcome a terrible start and over take you. This race isn't over yet but Hamilton is in complete control of this Grand Prix"."

  91. LAP 31

    Lewis Hamilton is pulling away at the front, his lead now up to 2.6 seconds. He's the only man lapping in the 1m28s.

    Valtteri Bottas tries a move on Kevin Magnussen at the first chicane, but the Dane holds his ground and Bottas has no choice but to take avoiding action.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That wasn't a gift, that was pressure. Hamilton pressured Rosberg into making a mistake. He has been systematically putting pressure on Rosberg and as soon as he got to within a second the pressure got to Rosberg."

  93. LAP 30

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is out of the Italian Grand Prix. You have to go back to 2009 when he was with Renault for the last time he had a mechanical DNF.

  94. LAP 29

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    Nico Rosberg has cracked! The pressure got to him. The German goes straight on at Turn One. As he weaves his way round the obstacles, Lewis Hamilton neatly completes the first chicane and assumes the lead.

  95. LAP 29

    LEWIS HAMILTON LEADS THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

  96. LAP 28

    Lewis Hamilton is flying!!! He's clearly not listening to his race engineer because he's now just 0.7 seconds behind Rosberg and in DRS range!

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Being the lead car is better for the tyres."

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    David McMillan: Bottas is overtaking with absolute ease, has to be 20-30kmh faster than the car in front. If it wasn't for the start, he'd be in this.

    Maureen Rowlands: Bottas is brilliant, he never gives up.

    Jane: Can't imagine Mercedes would give Hamilton the undercut. Rosberg leading the championship, why would they not protect that?

  99. LAP 27

    Valtteri Bottas passes Sergio Perez for seventh. Lewis Hamilton is told to sit around two-and-a-half seconds behind Nico Rosberg to get the benefit of the tow without losing downforce and then in the process save the tyres for an attack at the end of the race.

  100. LAP 26

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    Lewis Hamilton pits. It's a good stop but he hasn't done enough. Rosberg retakes the lead. If Hamilton is to win this race, he'll have to do the pass on the track.

  101. LAP 25

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    Nico Rosberg pits, allowing Lewis Hamilton to take the lead. Can the Briton make it count? Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas pits, and rejoins behind Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen.

  102. TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Strat mode four it's hammer time."

  103. LAP 24

    Sergio Perez's early stop means he jumps ahead of both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa, meanwhile, pits from third and rejoins in fifth, well ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

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    Mercedes: It's like Valtteri Bottas is playing an #F1 computer game here! Pretty sure that's the same move on about 5 different cars! #WellPlayed

  105. LAP 23

    Lewis Hamilton is still just over a second behind Nico Rosberg. Rosberg is told that he needs to push for two more laps. A pit stop could be on the horizon.

  106. LAP 22

    Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso pit together and rejoin in ninth and 11th respectively. Sebastian Vettel has gained and is now ahead of Magnussen. The early stop did the trick.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's a great comeback from Bottas. We still don't know what happened at the beginning and how he lost so many positions, but he has shown some real smart driving to carve up the field. We know he has got a fast car but he is driving it very well."

  108. LAP 21

    Valtteri Bottas passes Kevin Magnussen at Turn One to move into fourth. Next up the road is his team-mate Felipe Massa. Based on his pace, he won't take long to catch the Brazilian.

  109. LAP 20

    Valtteri Bottas is putting the pressure on in the battle for fourth. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo pit for new boots.

  110. LAP 19

    Sebastian Vettel pits from fifth to take on the hard tyres. The German was having no luck in passing Kevin Magnussen. He rejoins in 15th.

  111. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton is getting that dirty air, which helps you on the straight but in the tight corners it means you don't get the efficiency on the down force."

  112. LAP 18

    Lewis Hamilton is told that he is now picking up the tow from Nico Rosberg which means he's slower in the corners but faster on the straights. The gap is down to 1.3 seconds. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas passes Jenson Button for sixth.

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  114. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If I was in Lewis' position right now I would just keep putting the pressure on Rosberg. I would want to be staying out there, even if my tyres were struggling because I would want to keep the pressure on and hope Rosberg makes a mistake. Rosberg has to be so careful right now in the braking zone which is playing straight into Hamilton's hands."

  115. LAP 17

    Lewis Hamilton is now just 1.4 seconds behind Nico Rosberg, with Felipe Massa 3.3 seconds further back in third.

  116. LAP 16

    Valtteri Bottas is flying, the Finn passing Sergio Perez and then Fernando Alonso to move into seventh as he continues his recovery drive after a poor start from third.

  117. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is all about mental strength and controlling your emotions. Nico Rosberg will not be feeling good right now about this gap getting less and less. Hamilton has already has the disappointment of the bad start so he has everything to gain this afternoon."

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  119. Post update

    Max Chilton heads back to the pits

    Marussia's Max Chilton, who retired after crashing out: "I just made a mistake, I broke and I hit two sleeping policemen and it launched me. It hurt, I'm sure it's all OK but I will get myself checked out."

  120. LAP 15

    Lewis Hamilton is on a mission here. That's another three tenths. The gap is down to under 1.5 seconds. He's almost in DRS range.

  121. LAP 14

    Nico Rosberg tells his engineer that he doesn't want to know the gap between himself and Lewis Hamilton. I can tell you it's now 1.6 seconds! He's hunting his team-mate down.

  122. LAP 13

    Valtteri Bottas passes Kimi Raikkonen for ninth. He then begins chasing Sergio Perez who is 0.6 seconds up the road. Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton by 2.1 seconds with 40 laps remaining.

  123. LAP 12

    Jules Bianchi and Romain Grosjean get a bit too close at Turn One, tapping wheels not once, not twice but three times. Both survive to live another day with Grosjean eventually coming out on top. However, Grosjean must be pretty depressed to be racing a Marussia when this time last year, he was contesting podiums with Lotus.

  124. RECAP

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    It was a fast and frantic start at Monza, as usual, with Nico Rosberg taking the lead as Lewis Hamilton bogged down. Hamilton has recovered to second and is now trying to hunt his team-mate down.

  125. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was mega by Hamilton, how controlled was that? He positioned his car brilliantly there, you didn't think he could get past him and he did.

    "That really was a key overtake. The key thing was he got himself alongside but he gave himself an out in case Massa closed the the door. For the sake of one place there is no point losing your wing, he needs to bring the car home."

  126. LAP 11

    Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race. The gap to Nico Rosberg is 2.1 seconds. Felipe Massa is 1.2 seconds back in third but has a 3.8 second advantage over Kevin Magnussen.

  127. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg didn't seem to lock up at all there, was there a problem with his rear axel?"

  128. LAP 10

    Phenomenal move from Lewis Hamilton on Felipe Massa, rushing down the outside on the approach to Turn One and then hanging on around the outside. Massa gives him room and makes the pass stick.

    Good driving from both. Massa knows that points and a first podium of the season are more important to him and the team today then getting into collisions.

  129. LAP NINE

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    Nico Rosberg goes straight on at Turn One! Remarkable scenes. The German weaves his way through the obstacles on the run-off and rejoins. He retains the lead but the gap to Felipe Massa is now just two seconds.

  130. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Hamilton is so angry after that start. Was it him, or the car?"

  131. LAP EIGHT

    So here's the top 10 - Nico Rosberg leads Felipe Massa with Lewis Hamilton third and Kevin Magnussen an impressive fourth. Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas complete the top 10.

  132. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Interestingly Massa is starting to pull that gap in towards Rosberg. It's not massive but this race is not over. Hamilton was half a second faster than Rosberg in that last lap so the problems he was having earlier seem to have gone."

  133. LAP SEVEN

    Felipe Massa sets the fastest lap of the race in second and reduces the gap to Nico Rosberg to 3.6 seconds - however he is pulling Lewis Hamilton along with him.

  134. LAP SIX

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    Max Chilton is in the wall, the Briton suffering only the second retirement of his career. The Marussia got the chicane all wrong and launched the car over one of the sleeping policeman which sent him into the wall.

  135. LAP FIVE

    Felipe Massa gets into Kevin Magnussen's slipstream before the second chicane and then makes the pass around the outside. Lewis Hamilton latches on and gets the move done shortly after. Massa into second, Hamilton third with Magnussen now fourth. There was little the Dane could do against two faster cars.

  136. LAP FOUR

    Daniil Kvyat is making good progress from the rear of the field and is up to 17th while Nico Rosberg sets another fastest lap to extend his lead to three seconds.

  137. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It looked like he had no torque off the line. You can see what a good start looked like from his team mate Nico Rosberg but Hamilton was quickly swamped and it seems he didn't have the initial power needed for the getaway."

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  139. LAP THREE

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    DRS is enabled and Lewis Hamilton goes on the attack, putting pressure on Felipe Massa on the battle for third. That gives Kevin Magnussen some breathing space.

  140. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We believe that the message from Lewis Hamilton was that that his ERS mode is not working which will cause him real problems. But he should be struggling with his straight line speed, but he doesn't appear to be so maybe it is more the recovery mode. He is doing a great job though if he does have a problem because he is racing very fast out there."

  141. LAP TWO

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race as he extends his lead to 1.9 seconds over Kevin Magnussen. Sebastian Vettel had a good start and is up to fifth, with Daniel Ricciardo down in 12th after being forced to cut the first chicane at the start.

  142. LAP ONE

    So Nico Rosberg leads with Kevin Magnussen in second and already way behind leader Nico Rosberg. Felipe Massa is hustling Magnussen while Lewis Hamilton in fourth complaining about an ERS problem. The team assure him they're looking at it. "Everything is in a muddle," says his engineer. "Don't change anything. We're looking into it."

  143. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's going to be incredibly difficult for Lewis Hamilton to come back from that. Bottas has made a bad start too, he has dropped down to 10th."

  144. GO! GO! GO!

    Lewis Hamilton has a shocker of a start, dropping back to fourth as Nico Rosberg leads into the first corner. It's a stunner from Kevin Magnussen, who finds himself in second, with Felipe Massa third.

  145. Post update

    Here we go, then! One light, two lights, three lights, four lights, five lights! Go!!!

  146. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "As is typical at Monza, most expect this to be a straightforward one-stop race. But that may not be the case. The tyres should go the distance, with 20-odd laps on the mediums on which most will start the race and the remainder of the 52 on the hard. The proviso is that if a driver locks up and damages the tyre - easy to do when braking down from 220mph+ for the chicanes - then he may be forced to change those tyres, forcing a two-stop. Equally, even on a one-stop there can be divergent strategies - some may choose to start on the hard and run longer in the first stint, to have more pace at the end."

  147. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "The Red Bulls had a difficult time in qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo lining up eighth and ninth. That's the fourth time in six races, incidentally, that Vettel has out-qualified Ricciardo after a difficult first part of the season, and he admitted that he was becoming more and more comfortable with the car as time went by and the team adapted it to him. Red Bull have trimmed the car right out to compensate for the Renault's lack of ultimate performance, but despite their struggles on one lap, they are competitive on race pace and should be a factor in the race. Their problem will be overtaking people."

  148. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's a perfect day to go racing."

  149. Post update

    What must the Mercedes bosses be thinking right now? Oh the tension. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg line up alongside each other.

  150. Post update

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff: "It's always tense on the morning of a race - it's more tense when you didn't have a good race in the race before. We had a conversation about Williams having good pace in the long run - we talked about taking it easy in the early stages of the race and then seeing what happens."

  151. FORMATION LAP

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads the field away for the formation lap. A few fans let off some flares - red of course. It's almost time, folks. Almost.

  152. THE GRID

    LAPS: 53

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Magnussen 6) Button 7) Alonso 8) Vettel 9) Ricciardo 10) Perez

    11) Raikkonen 12) Vergne 13) Hulkenberg 14) Sutil 15) Gutierrez 16) Maldonado

    17) Grosjean 18) Kobayashi 19) Bianchi 20) Chilton 21) Kvyat* 22) Ericsson

    *Kvyat handed 10-place grid penalty for using a sixth engine

  153. DID YOU KNOW?

    Sebastian Vettel

    Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel still hasn't led a race lap in 2014. Starting eighth, he'll have his work cut out to end that run.

  154. CLASSIC ITALIAN GRANDS PRIX

    1988

    Jean-Louis Schlesser crashes into Ayrton Senna

    The 1988 Italian Grand Prix is memorable for two reasons. Firstly, Ayrton Senna's collision with backmarker Jean-Louis Schlesser with just two laps to go stopped McLaren making a clean sweep of all 16 races that year with Senna and Prost.

    However, it meant that Gerhard Berger took victory and Ferrari a 1-2 at the team's first home race following the death of their legendary founder Enzo Ferrari. It was a true classic.

  155. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "There was the usual theatre around the visit of Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo on Saturday, and it was perhaps even crazier than normal in the wake of the confident reports in the Italian media that he will be moving on relatively soon to pastures new. Di Montezemolo addressed the issue, but what some interpreted as a denial was not quite so clear cut if you read his words carefully.

    "'I have seen and heard a lot of rumours regarding myself and this often happens in the summer in Italy but maybe this time is a little bit too much,' he said. '"I told that I was ready to accept last March three more years to my shareholders and particularly to my people in Ferrari - the women and the men in the Ferrari. They are the most important part of my life and I took a commitment with them. We are preparing an historic record at the end of this year in terms of financial and economical results, so Ferrari is facing a fantastic moment. If and when there will be some news about me, I will be the first - I emphasise the first - to let you know.'

    "Fernando Alonso said Di Montezemolo had told him on Thursday that 'all these rumours are not true'. But the Italian media continue to insist he will be stepping down - probably, it is said, some time after announcing those record results at the Paris Motor Show next month."

  156. Post update

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda tells Eddie Jordan that "the mess is all sorted out.". He added: "We had a good drivers meeting today, the message is simple, race each other but use your heads. Lewis and Nico will race each other and there is a lot of pressure from Williams.

    "They are looking very good so first we have to fight them and then fight each other and we are hoping for another one two. These things cannot happen, they can race each other, we will not be telling them what to do but they cannot crash again."

  157. Post update

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    The grid is rammed with mechanics, VIPs, media and of course the drivers. Shortly, most of them will be turfed out as the 22 drivers begin their final preparations before the formation lap.

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  159. Post update

    John Surtees, 1964 Formula 1 world champion and four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion: "Monza always had that special excitement because the Italians create that but also because of Ferrari, there is a real buzz here. I had success here on four and two wheels so it is really special for me."

  160. Post update

    Talking of Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard is the only driver now to have finished in the points in every race this season. He has also finished on the podium in each of the last four races at Monza. Can the Ferrari driver repeat the trick from seventh?

  161. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "Seventh place for Fernando Alonso was a disappointment for Ferrari as a whole, but there could be no doubting the Spaniard's driving. He was half a second quicker in second qualifying than his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who failed even to get into the top 10 shoot-out after two error-strewn runs. Alonso was down in eighth after the first runs in Q3, but sneaked ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by 0.006secs on his final run. 'I was completely on the limit,' Alonso said. 'I had two runs in Q2 and two in Q3 and I did four (virtually) identical lap times. I could put 100 sets of tyres and I would do an identical lap. It is absolutely the maximum. I see two Mercedes, two Williams, two McLarens, one Ferrari and two Red Bulls, so personally I think I extract the maximum.'

    "Can Alonso give the tifosi something to cheer in the race? He says the start is key 'because then you are in different groups of the race and you can have an easier or more difficult race. We have to balance the attacking race with finishing the race with good points, which is what they expect from us. The top four? We'll see. It seems Mercedes and Williams are a little too fast, at least in qualifying, and then there is a group of McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull very close, within 0.1-0.2. Hopefully we can lead that group.'"

  162. Post update

    Fans at Monza

    The grid-walk is over It's almost time for the fans to take their seats for the final European race of the season. Eight minutes to go.

  163. Post update

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    Eddie Jordan has grabbed Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who won in Belgium, for a quick chat: "I would love to repeat it but if am realistic it will need much more of a miracle for it to happen again."

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  165. Post update

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    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, who starts fifth: "The car felt really good, I had some problems with the brakes in practice and it took away a bit of confidence but in the qualifying they felt really good so I eventually got it back.

    "I don't think we can really compete for the podium but we are at Monza, it is a tight first corner and fingers crossed we have luck with us today and we can show what we can do."

  166. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "McLaren have produced one of their best collective qualifying efforts of the year, with Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button fifth and sixth, both sneaking ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in the tight battle behind Williams and Mercedes that also includes Red Bull.

    "But neither was overly confident of holding on to those positions in the race. The car was quite slow on race pace on Friday. Jenson Button said they had improved it into Saturday but that he was still not sure how competitive McLaren would be in the race."

  167. Post update

    Felipe Massa, who starts fourth, is all smiles today. "It's a great feeling here in front of these amazing people with a good car in our hands," says the Brazilian. "I think we can have a good race today.

    Can they win? "It won't be easy but let's try to do everything we can in the perfect way. It's important for me and the team - we're fighting Ferrari so we are looking do the second part of the season in a good way and get more points than Ferrari."

  168. Post update

    So it looks like Williams are Mercedes main challengers today - and that expectation has heaped the pressure on deputy team principal Claire Williams. "I am a little bit scared today," she says. "There seems to be a lot of expectation for whatever reason that may be. But this track does suit our cars and I think it could be a good day.

    "I am secretly hoping Lewis and Nico take each other out in the first lap but seriously I am hoping for a good race today and our aim is as always to get as many points as possible.

    "Mercedes are in a class of their own so to hear that they are fearing us is great. we have closed the gap today but I still feel they will disappear into the distance today."

  169. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas on the news Williams will be retaining him and his team-mate Felipe Massa for the 2015 F1 season: Very happy to be confirmed to continue with Williams Racing in 2015 with Felipe Massa as my team-mate!

  170. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "Can the Williams drivers take it to the Mercedes in this race and possibly even grab a win? They are in the best position from which to try, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa lined up behind them on the second row of the grid. Williams - who announced on Sunday morning that they were retaining both drivers for next season - were fastest of all on the race-simulation runs on Friday but Bottas, whose deal with Williams in 2015 was announced on race morning, was cautious about talk of challenging Mercedes.

    'I really hope so,' the Finn said after qualifying. 'From Friday to today (Saturday) they seem to have a bit more pace. In qualifying we expected that maybe we could be a little bit closer to them. I think we have solid race pace and it just depends on how much more pace they have left than Friday.' Mercedes insiders are confident there is more left in the can, saying the car was being run well under its optimum potential in free practice."

  171. Post update

    Karl Wendlinger in 1993

    Sauber have gone 12 races without scoring a point, their longest barren run since they entered the sport in 1993, running Karl Wendlinger (pictured). They went nine in a row between October 1995 and May 1996, at a time when only the top six cars scored points.

  172. GREAT ITALIAN GRANDS PRIX

    1991

    1991 Italian Grand Prix

    Many of the greats of Formula 1 have raced and won at Monza and up there with the best of them is Nigel Mansell's superb win in 1991.

    The Briton came out on top after a three-way battle between himself, Williams team-mate Ricciardo Patrese and McLaren's Ayrton Senna.

    Senna led from the start, tracked closely by both Williams drivers, who were also engaged in their own private fight.

    Patrese passed Mansell at around half-distance but then spun on the very next lap, leaving Mansell to challenge Senna alone. A few laps later, he passed the Brazilian and went on to take the chequered flag.

  173. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    Nico Rosberg

    "Nico Rosberg has been something of an embattled figure this weekend, and he has been putting great emphasis on a supposed 'apology' from non-executive chairman Niki Lauda in the wake of his critical comments after the collision between the Mercedes drivers at Spa. But the 'apology' is not quite what it seems. Lauda did apologise - but only for speaking so stridently live on television before he had had a chance to speak to Rosberg. His view at the time, that the collision was 'unacceptable' and that it was Rosberg's fault, remains unchanged."

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  175. Post update

    The pit lane at Monza

    Force India: The pit-lane clears, it can only mean one thing: it's soon time to race...

  176. Post update

    When asked what it will take to win the championship, Lewis Hamilton said: "I would say two things, reliability, which has been my biggest problem so far and mental strength, every weekend I have to be as mentally strong as I have been so far this weekend."

  177. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis has beaten Nico psychologically after what happened at Spa, when Nico Was chastised for what he did. Now, every time they're in a wheel-to-wheel situation, he has Nico beaten. He knows he's is the better racer."

  178. Post update

    "I think I have matured a lot but I will continue to make mistakes and I will continue to do and say the wrong things but I will learn and grow from those things," said Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

    "The team has been fantastic, I have never felt so good in a team. Everything is in the past there is no point dwelling on it because I can't go back and change it so I am just looking forward now."

  179. Post update

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    Lee McKenzie grabbed a word with Lewis Hamilton after he secured his first pole position since the Spanish Grand Prix in May and it would be fair to say he was in a cool, calm and relaxed mood.

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  181. BRAKE-BUSTER

    Monza is the quickest track on the calendar, with top speeds of up to 340kph. On the approach to the first chicane, cars brake from 340 to 80kph in the space of 150m.

  182. TRACK STATS

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    Venue: Monza Circuit length: 5.793km Laps: 53 Race distance: 306.720km Lap record: 1min 21.046secs (Rubens Barrichello, 2004) Number of corners: 11 (4 left/7 right)

    2013 pole position: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1min 23.755secs 2013 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 2013 fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1min 25.849secs

    2013 winning strategy: 1 stops (laps 23) 2013 total race pit stops: 24 2013 total 'normal' overtakes: 12 2013 DRS-aided overtakes: 12

  183. Post update

    The pit-lane has opened its doors. Expect the drivers to head out and cruise round to the grid to take up their starting spot.

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  185. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "So what happens if the Mercedes drivers do crash together? That's been the undercurrent to this weekend, in the wake of the collision between the Mercedes drivers in Spa and the subsequent fall-out. Team bosses have made it absolutely clear that such an eventuality is 'unacceptable', and Toto Wolff's resoluteness in the matter was made abundantly clear on Saturday.

    "When it was suggested that his warning carried little weight because a driver would rather be an unemployed world champion than an employed runner-up, Wolff said: 'This is the (best) performing car, hopefully the world championship-winning car for the next couple of years. Go out there and ask who wants to drive the car and you will have many guys who line up in front of the door.'"

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    Ferrari fans

    Ferrari fans making the most of the sunshine with a pre-race nap under the trees. Just over 30 minutes to go until the start.

  187. CLASSIC ITALIAN GRANDS PRIX

    1995

    Michael Schumacher goes to accost Damon Hill

    The 1995 edition of the Italian Grand Prix featured one of a number of incidents between Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill.

    The pair were fighting over the lead when when Hill hit the back of Schumacher's Benetton on the run down to the second chicane, taking them both out of the race.

    Schumacher ran over to remonstrate with Hill before being pulled away by marshals. Jean Alesi took the lead in the Ferrari but missed out on a emotional home win because of a rear wheel-bearing failure.

    That gifted Britain's Johnny Herbert the victory, who secured his second win of the season.

  188. THE GRID

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Magnussen 6) Button 7) Alonso 8) Vettel 9) Ricciardo 10) Perez

    11) Raikkonen 12) Vergne 13) Hulkenberg 14) Sutil 15) Gutierrez 16) Maldonado

    17) Grosjean 18) Kobayashi 19) Bianchi 20) Chilton 21) Kvyat* 22) Ericsson

    *Kvyat handed 10-place grid penalty for using a sixth engine

  189. Post update

    Mercedes have scored six one-two finishes this year. They need four more over the remaining seven races to tie McLaren's 1988 record for the most one-twos in a season, and five more to eclipse it. But can Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg keep it clean?

  190. Post update

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "Finally the jinx is broken. Lewis Hamilton's run without a pole position stretched back to the Spanish Grand Prix in May, and in the intervening seven races Hamilton seemed to be under some kind of particularly evil hex. Driving errors, gamesmanship from his team-mate, misjudgements and car problems had all combined to keep Hamilton off the front of the grid. No longer.

    "A peach of a first lap in first qualifying put him nearly half a second clear of Nico Rosberg, despite the German being quicker in the first sector. The key was his pace in sector two, particularly Lesmo 1, where he was 15km/h quicker into the apex than Rosberg. Williams head of performance Rob Smedley said Hamilton's middle sector was 'quite stunning - so hats off to the lad, he's done a great job.'"

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    How steep is the old banking at Monza? Pretty steep as demonstrated by Eddie, Suzi and DC...

  193. Post update

    Suzi Perry, David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan

    The build-up show with Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard is up and running on BBC One with BBC Radio 5 live on air from 12:55 BST. The lights go out at 13:00. Get the roast in the oven now.

  194. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton's pole position in Italy is his fifth of the season but first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

    It's been his team-mate Nico Rosberg who has been dominating qualifying, taking pole position in six of the last seven races.

    Only Williams' Felipe Massa has managed to break the Mercedes stranglehold this season when he took P1 in Austria.

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    It's been quite a season already but one that has centred around the increasingly bitter rivalry between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as they contest a private battle for the World Championship.

    Hamilton v Rosberg

    It came to head at Spa, with the pair colliding. Rosberg went on to finish second, Hamilton wasn't so lucky and ultimately retired from the race. Rosberg apologised and was reprimanded by the team but he crucially retains a 29-point championship lead.

    On Friday, Hamilton's run of bad luck continued as he missed an hour of running with an electrical issue. But it was Rosberg's turn on Saturday in final practice. Both took part in qualifying, with Hamilton coming out on top. But can he convert pole in victory?

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    "It's set up about as perfectly as one could hope. A glorious late-summer day at a beautiful, iconic and atmospheric circuit, the title contenders alongside each other on the front row, their Mercedes team's rules of engagement not only made abundantly clear by their bosses over the two weeks since they collided in the previous race but pretty much the only focus of conversation all weekend. Two Williams cars behind them fast enough to keep them on their toes, and next up what promise to be an almighty scrap between the evenly-matched McLarens, Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and the Red Bulls. Quite a stage for the final European race of the season."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Welcome to La Pista Magica (the magic track), otherwise known as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which plays host to the Italian Grand Prix, round 13 of the Formula 1 World Championship.

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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    It's time for Hamilton v Rosberg: The Rivals Part XIII. Are you ready?

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