RACE DEBRIEF

    RACE START: Watch the exciting start at the Italian Grand Prix as Sainz keeps Verstappen at bay

    Pole-sitter Carlos Sainz made a brilliant getaway to keep ahead of Max Verstappen at the start of the Italian Grand Prix. This was after the start was delayed due to Yuki Tsunoda stopping on track during the formation lap with an engine issue.

    Sainz made a strong getaway from the line to stay ahead of the Dutch driver as he fended off Verstappen’s efforts to make a move past him at Turn 1. Charles Leclerc survived an attack from George Russell to remain third as the drivers made it through the opening lap without any issues.

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    Alex Albon lost out to Oscar Piastri at the start although he would take sixth position back on Lap 2. Lando Norris got ahead of Lewis Hamilton – the only driver in the top-10 to be starting on the hards – while Nico Hulkenberg jumped ahead of Fernando Alonso for 10th.

    To watch the start of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, click on the video player above and follow our live coverage to keep up with the rest of the race here.