A dramatic first corner collision on the opening lap in Belgium blew many teams race strategy out the window last weekend but for the front pair who were both unaffected by the crash it was business as usual, Vettel and Hamilton dominated the race from the off with the Ferrari driver coming out on top to move to within 17 points of his rival in the driver standings. Continue reading for our F1 Italian GP 2018 Preview and Tips.
F1 Italian GP Tips 2018
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Italian GP 2018 Preview
After several weeks of bad luck Sebastian Vettel drove the perfect race last weekend to win the Belgium GP comfortably ahead of his main rival Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel may have thought his luck was still running cold after qualifying, he look set to claim pole after finishing fastest in Q2 but the rain came enabling Mercedes to snatch pole with their superior handling in the wet conditions.
The race however was set up for Vettel as he quickly took the lead thanks to a perfectly timed overtaking manoeuvre shortly after the start, the crash on the first turn brought out the safety car and when Hamilton misjudged the restart away Vettel went onto a comfortable victory.
Vettel will take renewed confidence into this weeks Italian GP a track that has not been too kind to him in recent years with his last win coming in the 2013 running.
Ferrari will no doubt go into their home race as favourites so long as the weather stays dry and Vettel could well make it back to back wins this weekend.
Hamilton on the other hand will no doubt be disappointed by last weeks result especially starting from pole but he will also see the flip side of losing only seven points to his rival after the first lap carnage that could have seen many more drivers limp out of the race.
Lewis and Mercedes have been strong here in recent years, Lewis has won four of the last six GP's at Monza while Mercedes have won five of the last six so past results suggest this is a strong circuit for the Silver Arrows.
Monza does not suit the Red Bull team due to their lack of speed down the straights so they have taken the opportunity to fit Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull with the new spec Renault engine, they will be hit with grid penalties in the race but it is a good opportunity for them to bed the new engine in.
Of the rest the new Force India looked good last weekend finishing 5th and 6th respectively and they should go well here.
F1 Italian GP Tips 2018 - Best Bets Before Qualifying - (May alter within practice sessions for better value).
Lewis Hamilton Win @ $2.85
Mercedes and Hamilton are strong around here and although Ferrari looked to have the faster car in recent weeks proven form is proven form.
Daniel Ricciardo Fastest Lap @ 7.00 - BEST BET
He will be down the grid due to penalties for his new engine so he will have to push all the way while others in front will be driving within themselves, decent odds for the Australian.
Pierre Gasly Top 10 Finish @ 2.10
Driving the socks off his Sauber at the moment, finished 9th last weekend and he can accomplish the same here.