UK date and start time, live stream, race schedule, how to watch and latest standings as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen prepare to face-off
Formula 1 2021 continues this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix taking centre stage at Monza.
The battle to win the Drivers’ Championship and the Constructor Championship took a fresh twist last week as Max Verstappen of Red Bull reclaimed his spot at the top of the standings thanks to a victory in front of his home crowd at the Dutch Grand Prix.
While Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas also took their place on the podiums, the focus for the Mercedes duo now will be on stopping Verstappen in his tracks rather than allowing the 23-year-old to build even more momentum.
It was also a memorable weekend for Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) Charles Le Clerc (Ferrari) who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
It’s also been a busy week away from the track with line-ups starting to take shape ahead of the new season with George Russell set to join Mercedes, Bottas to join Alfa Romeo and Alex Albon heading to Williams.
However for now attention turns to the weekend’s trip to Italy.
Monza is regarded as one of the more popular tracks on the F1 circuit and that means fans can look forward to another spectacular weekend of racing action.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix…
When is the F1 Italian Grand Prix?
Practice for the F1 Italian Grand Prix gets underway on Friday, September 10th and concludes the following day.
Qualifying for the race will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, September 11th.
As for the race itself, that will get underway on Sunday, September 12th with lights out scheduled for 2pm (UK time).
How do I watch the F1 Italian Grand Prix?
Live coverage of the Grand Prix will be shown on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend with practice and qualifying scheduled for Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th.
Build-up for the F1 Dutch Grand Prix will begin at 12.30pm on Sunday, September 12th with lights out set for 2pm on Sky Sports F1.
Highlights are also available to watch on Channel 4 throughout the weekend.
Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen: F1 Italian Grand Prix
Victory in front of his own fans at the Dutch Grand Prix meant that Max Verstappen reclaimed his spot at the top of the F1 Drivers’ championship with 224.5 points.
Lewis Hamilton finished second in that race and is now three points behind with 221.5 points following back-to-back third places finishes before last weekend’s runner up spot at Zandvoort, with his last win coming at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone earlier in the summer.
Despite Verstappen’s form, Mercedes are still leading in the Constructors’ Championship.
Aided by the form of third spot Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes are at the top with 344.5 points, while Verstappen’s Red Bull are second with 332.5 points.
Ferrari are third in the Constructors’ Championship with 181.5 points.