Last updated on September 9, 2019
Charles Leclerc ensured Ferrari’s first success in his home Italian Grand Prix because 2010 on Sunday when he resisted race-long pressure from the Mercedes competitions to claim his second consecutive Formula One victory.
The 21-year-old Monegasque, who committed his maiden win last Sunday into the memory of his late buddy Anthoine Hubert, who had been murdered in an F2 race every day before, was exultant as a huge army of’tifosi’ within an estimated audience of over 150,000 celebrated deliriously.
Said a weary Leclerc. “I’ve never felt so exhausted at a race. It had been so hard. For me personally, it’s a fantasy to win here such as this in the front of this’tifosi’ – thanks for everybody!”
Leclerc came house narrowly before second-placed Valtteri Bottas along with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who chased the victor for the majority of the race before his tires let down him.
Following a late pit stop, Hamilton afterward claimed the fastest lap of the race.
Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered a torrid and unsatisfactory afternoon, finishing 13th after turning off and carrying a punishment for rejoining in a dangerous manner.
Hamilton apologized to Mercedes and stated his tires” had gone off the cliff… I am sorry I was not able to pull it off,” he explained.
Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth before his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull fresh boy Alex Albon, Sergio Perez of Force India and Max Verstappen, who finished eighth after starting from 19th at the next Red Bull.
Neighborhood hero Antonio Giovinazzi came home ninth for Alfa Romeo before Lando Norris of McLaren, who continued his impressive rookie season.