Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will be going down in Italian history as one of the few Ferrari drivers to take home a victory for Italy at the Italian GP. The 21-year-old is in his first season with the Italian outfit and just took home his second victory this past weekend at the Italian GP on the heels of his first Formula 1 victory last weekend at the Belgium GP.
Every year when the Formula 1 season stops in Italy at the infamous Monza circuit the anxiety and stress levels for the entire Ferrari organization are on high levels to perform for their country. The last time Ferrari took victory at the Italian GP is 2010 when Fernando Alonso was driving one of the red cars. This 2019 victory for Ferrari is even more memorable since this is the 90th anniversary of Ferrari.
Charles Leclerc took the victory over the hard charging Mercedes driving by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. From the lights going green where Leclerc found himself on Pole from Qualifying Saturday, Leclerc never gave up the lead over the entire race distance. The 21-year-old had the World Champion Lewis Hamilton breathing down his neck the entire race waiting for the young driver to make a mistake and capitalize.
The Ferrari of Leclerc was pressured multiple times by Hamilton in his Mercedes on every straight but the Ferrari’s straight line speed could not be matched by the German team on this weekend.