Driver of the day

Italian GP power rankings

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Despite getting the Tifosi's hopes up, a Kimi Raikkonen win just wasn't on the cards. Recovering from last on the opening lap, Vettel managed to drag himself back up to P4 to keep his title hopes alive, limiting Hamilton's lead to 30 points. 

Here's our power rankings from the Italian Grand Prix:

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Kimi Raikkonen genuinely put himself into the contention for a win, which would have been his first victory in more than five years, despite taking a rousing pole wore out his tyres in the middle of the race, especially when following the slower Valtteri Bottas. Scrapping for the lead in the early laps, and at times surrounded by the Silver arrows, Kimi stood tall and delivered an admirable P2 for his 100th podium finish.

Lewis Hamilton claims an unlikely win, and it was anything but comfortable for the championship leader. From trading blows with Vettel on the opening lap, to challenging the faster Ferrari after the safety car, to managing his tyres while his teammate backed his main challenger up, to a gutsy move around the outside of Turn 1, Hamilton was amongst everything. I could have done with fewer references to the "snake pit" and "hateful and negative" crowd, especially after his recent comments about "tricks" on the Ferrari and "interesting tactics", but it'll hold up as an important moment if Hamilton claims the championship this season.

Sergey Sirotkin held onto the tail of fellow Williams driver Lance Stroll to deliver a double-points finish for the team after the disqualification of Romain Grosjean's Haas. With it, the Russian opens his account, making this the season the first time ever that every driver that has claimed points.

Backsliding

Max Verstappen copped a penalty for a rough defensive move on Valtteri Bottas, but his behaviour afterwards which cost him P4 in the race was just mind-boggling. If he'd let the faster Bottas through, he should have been able to stay more than 5-seconds ahead of the recovering Sebastian Vettel, instead throwing his toys from the cot and fell a further place backwards. 

Haas spaced completely on a new enforced floor regulation that was introduced this race, and as a result of an inquiry led by Renault, Romain Grosjean's car was ruled illegal and his points finish was nullified. The midfield is way to close this year for these kinds of mistakes, if not for this mistake they would have been equal with Renault on points (and ahead on better finishes). 

Nico Hulkenberg copped an engine penalty ahead of the race, but points should have been up for grabs here. Instead, his teammate Sainz was left to claim the spoils for the team. 

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Winners and Losers: British Grand Prix

Winners

  • Lewis Hamilton: He might have been a no-show for F1 Live London, but he showed up in qualifying and race day and absolutely bossed it. 
  • Daniel Ricciardo: Starting from the back row and finishing P5 is always going to be exciting, but the way he sliced through the mid-field showed that it wasn't just contra tyre strategies or superior horse power that handed him the result.
  • Esteban Ocon: Another race, another intra-team battle at Force India. This time Ocon found himself with track position and able to hold his own and defend against his more experienced teammate who had more life in his tyres. Still, Perez made his bed during the Canadian Grand Prix and has to lie in it for a while. Rock on!

Losers

  • Daniil Kvyat: It doesn't get much worse than crashing into your teammate and taking them out of the race. Daniil was also investigated by the stewards and given a drive-through penalty and two points on his super licence. If Toro Rosso are waiting for the "right price" to off-load Sainz to Renault, perhaps they can pay someone to take Kvyat.
  • Palmer's hydraulics: The guy desperately needs some results to court Renault into keeping him around, having your car crap-out on the formation lap makes that pretty difficult. Sainz? Kubica? Leclerc? Feels like a pineapple could get better results than JP at the moment.
  • Pirelli: It's been years since we saw tyres exploderising on F1 cars with any regularity. That they ruined Ferrari's race is just not what the sport needs right now.

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Driver of the day: British GP