Watch Italian Grand Prix 2017 Live stream Final Race from Monza at 6:00 AM ET & 1 PM BST Sunday 3rd September. The Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the thirteenth round of the 2017 F1 World Championship. Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton in the championship. Live coverage is on Sky Sports F1 and Freeview highlights are on Channel 4. Sky’s race coverage starts from midday on Sunday, with the traditional drivers’ track parade. Martin Brundle and David Croft give live commentary and analysis. Channel 4’s qualifying highlights begin at 5.30PM on Saturday and their race highlights start at 5.45PM on Sunday with Steve Jones, Karun Chandhok, Lee McKenzie and David Coulthard.
Italian Grand Prix 2017 Live
Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position following his wet-weather masterclass in one of the longest qualifying sessions in Formula One history.
Hamilton’s excellence at a rain-hit Monza, following a delay which lasted two hours and 36 minutes, sees him stand alone as the sport’s all-time one-lap specialist with his 69th career pole.
The Englishman, 32, held his nerve in the shootout for pole as the rain, which wreaked havoc with Saturday’s schedule, returned with vengeance in the closing moments
Hamilton was the last to cross the line, and his lap was an incredible 1.1 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo third.
It marks Hamilton’s fourth consecutive pole at Monza and moves him above Michael Schumacher’s tally which he matched in Belgium last weekend
Hamilton however, will be joined on the front row by the Canadian teenager Lance Stroll with both Verstappen and Ricciardo to serve grid drops following engine penalties. And to cap a remarkable day for Hamilton his title rival Sebastian Vettel will start only sixth.
The venue will be the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, north of Milan in Italy. The circuit has been in use since 1922 when it was purpose-built for racing. The 53-lap course is famous for its high speed turn, “Curva Grande.” Formula 1 cars often take it at full speed. In fact, drivers are at full throttle most of the way around the quick track. It is not unusual for the cars to achieve speeds of around 340 km/h.
As the Monza track is fast and flat, both understeer (in the first part of the circuit) and oversteer (in the latter parts) are at their worst on this particular circuit, meaning that the drivers must wrestle the cars around the race with great skill.
Rubens Barrichello currently holds the lap record, for a lap he made in a Ferrari in 2004 (1:21.046). Last year the Italian Grand Prix winner was Lewis Hamilton, with the two Germans Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel in second and third. Hamilton is generally the favorite to win this year – though of course Vettel is currently winning the season, so it could be anyone’s race.