RACE DEBRIEF

    Monza provided its usual dose of high-speed drama in Sunday's Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia 2017. However, there was also plenty happening off-track in the build up to the race weekend. Here's just some of the social media highlights...

    Drivers on parade

    Marvellous Milan, some amazing classic cars, and F1 drivers ready and eager to meet the fans - the perfect start to an Italian Grand Prix weekend. Even Kimi enjoyed himself...

    Football meets Formula 1

    Top soccer stars took on some of F1's finest in a unique karting event on the Monza grid - friendly it may have been, but sportsmen are never anything less than competitive...

    Birthday boys

    Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson were both celebrating their big days in Italy, though it's Sainz who takes the prize for most unusual present...

    Fan-tastic Ferrari

    Two examples of how passionate those at Monza can be when it comes to the Prancing Horse...

    Forza Fernando!

    ...but it's not only Ferrari the Italian fans reserve their love for (though Alonso did used to drive for them!)

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    Rain stops play? Not a chance...

    At least not when you're talking about an F1 paddock. When the poor weather halted qualifying for over two and half hours on Saturday, the teams and drivers found plenty else to do.

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    Snow and Seaworth get the full F1 Experience

    The Game of Thrones stars weren't just there to soak up the atmosphere. They also got outings in the F1 Experience two-seater car - with Carlos Sainz on hand to provide survival tips!

    Arriving in style

    Lewis Hamilton puts on a show for the Italian fans. They weren't so appreciative of his Ferrari-beating antics later on in the weekend.

    Room mate

    Want to experience a day in the life of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - or his driver's room to be more precise? The affable Aussie is happy to oblige...

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    Renault's all-star line-up

    From drift kings to superbike legends, famous footballers to best-selling singers, the French team's Monza guest list had the lot.

    Ticket to ride

    Poor Fernando Alonso is not getting much luck when it comes to reliability this season - in Monza even his drivers' parade car broke down. Fortunately Jolyon Palmer was on hand to help out - and his Renault team were quick to see the funny side! Things were less harmonious between the two men in the race itself.

    There's no escape

    By staying home with their new son whilst husband Toto was helping Mercedes to victory, Susie Wolff foolishly assumed she would escape the Tifosi.

    Dressed to impress

    When Mercedes bosses told their team to hire a top designer, we're not sure this is who they had in mind...

    Honda's half century

    Ferrari's 70th celebrations drew the most headlines, but Honda also marked a special anniversary in Monza...

    From panthers to planes

    Force India have an appreciation for all things colourful - from their distinctive pink fans to the red, white and green of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's aerobatic demonstration team.

    Robert lays low

    Former Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica was a welcome visitor to Monza, hanging out at Pirelli, rather than with Renault for whom he tested recently. If he thought that would mean less attention, the Pole was mistaken - there is no escaping Fernando Alonso!

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    Post script

    After a somewhat soccer-tastic weekend in Italy, Fernando Alonso has carried that feeling into the following week...

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