After the summer break ended in sombre circumstances in Spa, Formula 1 returns to one of its spiritual homes this weekend, as Monza is the host.
Ferrari, fresh off Charles Leclerc’s first win of the season, will hope to make it back to back wins at their home race.
Verstappen has it all to do at Monza
The last few races have seen two drivers far ahead of the others in terms of ability, and that has been Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The young Dutchman has excelled again this year, and as the clear no.1 driver for Red Bull, has consistently got the maximum out of his car, to the delight of his ever-large support. However, this year he will be starting from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty.
This will give him a brutal task to navigate the field to catch up to the rest of the big boys, but Verstappen has the ability. Despite Ferrari and Mercedes being the clear favourites, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Red Bull star on the podium, which can be backed at 7/2.
Leclerc eyes back-to-back wins
Charles Leclerc gained his first victory of the season last time out, and he starts as the favourite for Monza.
He has had several very strong drives this year, and whilst still young, is clearly the future of Ferrari. The famous team always expects to deliver for its home fans, and this year is no different.
Leclerc and Vettel are first and third in the betting, but it is the dynamic Monegasque driver who has looked so much more assured this season. Leclerc can be backed to be the winner at 11/8.
Hamilton loves Monza
Lewis Hamilton is well on his way to achieving yet another driver’s championship, and he has had some superb drives this year. He has five wins at Monza, including four of the last five races.
Aside from his recent form in Monza, there is also a real chance of rain on Sunday, which would play into Hamilton’s hands. While also one of the most experienced drivers, he is quite probably the best in the wet, so any precipitation would really play to his advantage. Hamilton is 7/4 to win yet another Italian Grand Prix, and if it rains this should be straightforward.