Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton Reuters

The F1 action moves to Italy and the home of Ferrari, following an explosive and controversial Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo recorded his third win of the season, but the main talking point was the crash between the two Mercedes drivers, which saw Lewis Hamilton retire from the race and Nico Rosberg settle for second after damaging his front wing.

The Mercedes team is embroiled in controversy following the race and it might give Ricciardo the opportunity to further close in the on the leading pair in the drivers' championship battle.

Where to Watch Live

The first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix starts at 9am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website. Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 1pm BST.

Track Facts

  • Circuit Name: Autodromo di Monza
  • First F1 Race: 1950
  • Circuit Length: 5.793 km
  • Number of Laps: 53
  • Race Distance: 306.720 km
  • Fastest Lap: 1:21.046 Rubens Barrichello (2004)
  • Most Wins: Michael Schumacher (5)
  • 2013 Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2013 Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)

Drivers' Championship Review

Daniel Ricciardo

Following the Belgian Grand Prix controversy, where Rosberg crashed into Hamilton and forced him into retirement, the German driver now leads the Drivers' Championship by 29 points.

The feud between the Mercedes drivers has allowed Red Bull driver Ricciardo to take advantage and close in on the pair in the championship with three race wins of his own. The Australian driver, who has outshone reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel thus far, is the only other driver apart from the Mercedes pair to win a race this season. Ricciardo is just 64 points behind the leader in third place.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and Williams' Valtteri Bottas round up the top five, with Vettel closing in on the pair in sixth place.

Constructors' Championship Review

However, when it comes to the Constructors' Championship, it doesn't look like Mercedes can be caught, as they have already amassed a big lead over their closest rivals. They are 157 points clear of Red Bull who are in second place, and it is highly unlikely that any team can consistently out score them due to their superior performance.

Ferrari has re-taken third place from Williams' grasp, but are just 10 points ahead of them. The McLaren team rounds out the top five, but have Force India breathing down their necks just two points behind.