Lewis Hamilton (pictured) still holds a 47-point advantage in the Drivers Championship despite seventh-place finish at dramatic Italian Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly claimed his maiden Formula 1 win for AlphaTauri on Sunday in an enthralling Italian Grand Prix that saw Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton at the back of the field at one stage.
World championship leader Hamilton, starting from pole alongside team-mate Valtteri Bottas, made the perfect start as he got off the line quickly and looked to be on course for a comfortable victory at Monza.
However, the whole complexion of the race changed when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc went crashing into the barriers on lap 24 at the Temple of Speed and the red flag was waved three laps later to suspend the session.
Before the red flag came out, both Hamilton and Antonio Giovinazzi entered the pits, but the pit lane was closed as officials were trying to get Leclerc’s Ferrari back to the garage and the pair were put under investigation.
Hamilton and Giovinazzi were both handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty and, when the race resumed, the championship leader dropped from first place into last position, ruling out his chances of winning.
It was Gasly who took full advantage of the situation as he moved to the front of the pack to land his maiden F1 win, holding off a fast-finishing Carlos Sainz for McLaren.
Lance Stroll was third for Racing Point, Lando Norris was fourth for McLaren while Bottas, who struggled all day, managed to clinch fifth position and make up some ground on Hamilton, who finished seventh, in the championship race.
It was a day to remember though for Gasly and, speaking to Sky Sports F1, he said: “Honestly it’s unbelievable. It was such a crazy race and we capitalised on it. I’ve been through so much in 18 months, I struggle to realise this.
“I’ve got no words. This team has done so much for me, now they’re giving me my first win. It’s an amazing day. It’s been so long since another French winner! I never expected but this, I’m so happy!”