F1 2014 Monza Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton favourite to win in Italy
PUBLISHED: 12:01 07 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:02 07 September 2014
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is the favourite to take the 2014 Italian Grand Prix chequered flag today (Sunday) after powering to pole position in qualifying at Monza – but bookies are still offering odds on the Mercedes drivers colliding.
Italian Grand Prix Monza facts
* First Grand Prix: 1950
* Number of Laps: 53
* Circuit Length: 5.793 km
* Race Distance: 306.720 km
The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas racer from Hertfordshire is the odds-on favourite to win the Italian Grand Prix at 1/2 with bookmakers William Hill – while team-mate Nico Rosberg is 3/1 second favourite.
The pair line-up on the front row of the Monza starting grid after their controversial coming together in Spa last month.
And the feuding Silver Arrows colleagues are 16/1 to have another collision after Rosberg made contact with Hamilton’s car in last month’s Belgian Grand Prix.
That crash at the famous Spa circuit punctured race leader Hamilton’s rear left tyre and, ultimately, forced the 2008 F1 world champion into early retirement.
William Hill are offering odds of 16/1 that the drivers collide for the second Grand Prix running – forcing at least one driver to retire.
“Lewis has a great chance to get back on the scoreboard but contact with Nico would be a disaster,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
2014 Italian Grand Prix qualifying result times
Top 10 from Monza:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.109
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:24.383
3 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:24.697
4 Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:24.865
5 Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:25.314
6 Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.379
7 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.430
8 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:25.436
9 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:25.709
10 Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:25.944
Behind the Mercedes pair on the second row are the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who have been confirmed as the team’s drivers for the 2015 season.
After qualifying on Saturday, pole-sitter Hamilton said: “It’s business as usual tomorrow, we’re free to race and I hope we get a strong result for the team, hopefully a one-two.
“The other Mercedes-powered cars are looking strong here as well so it should be an exciting race. I’m looking forward to it.”
The 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza starts at 1pm and is being shown live on BBC One and Sky Sports F1.
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