Charles Leclerc and Scuderia Ferrari sent the fans wild, as they packed out the Monza circuit in their thousands to witness the Maranello squad take a win at this track for the first time since 2010. This was Charles’ second ever F1 win, coming just eight days after the first one in Spa-Francorchamps. The Monegasque spent the whole race fending off the advances of the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who joined him on the podium in that order. This was win number 237 for the Scuderia, its 19th at Monza. Sebastian Vettel’s day was not so memorable. He spun at the Variante Ascari on lap 6 and then had to fight his way back from last to 13th at the flag.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the Italian Grand Prix is a special race for Scuderia Ferrari. In amongst the bunch of records, even if one sticks just to the Formula 1 years, you can rummage around at random and always find something: from Alberto Ascari’s first win in 1951, to title clinching races for Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter, to Michael Schumacher’s five victories, all with the Scuderia in the space of eleven years. That makes the German the driver most often seen on the top step of the Monza podium and what a podium it has become, with its walkway offering a unique vista to those on it and to the fans down below.