F1 Insider: Italian Grand Prix preview and betting tips

The Italian Grand Prix takes place this weekend
The Italian Grand Prix takes place this weekend

Our F1 Insider is back and picks out two strong fancies as Formula 1 heads to Italy for the latest grand prix...

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4pts Charles Leclerc to win at 6/4

5pts Kimi Raikkonen to finish in the points at 4/5

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Charles Leclerc to win at 6/4

Leclerc is a worthy favourite to become the first Ferrari driver to win at Monza since Fernando Alonso in 2010. His margin of victory at Spa over Lewis Hamilton (0.981 seconds) disguised what was a routine performance from a commanding pole position. At the other side of the garage, team-mate Sebastian Vettel simply can't extract the same slow-corner performance from his prancing horse that Leclerc is able to coax from his.

Monza is all about that and more - slow-corner acceleration zones and long straights abound, with very little in the way of medium- and high-speed corners that the Mercedes enjoys so much. Leclerc should have enough of a margin to head the inevitable Ferrari 1-2 on Saturday and extend his advantage across 53 laps on Sunday.

Kimi Raikkonen to finish in the points at 4/5

Raikkonen's race was over as soon as it started at Spa-Francorchamps, the Finn colliding with Max Verstappen just a couple of hundred yards off the line and compromising his race for the afternoon. But the former Ferrari favourite had started sixth and with a potent customer Maranello engine unit in his Alfa Romeo had looked set for a decent points haul on the second-most power-hungry track on the calendar.

The most? Monza. Expect Raikkonen to make Q3 with ease and use his experience and the power available to net a ninth points finish from 14 races.

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