Renault looked like a team on the rise in Belgium and Daniel Ricciardo is rated a driver to follow in our Italian Grand Prix predictions.
The Australian put in a superb performance to finish fourth at Spa Francorchamps and picked up a bonus point for posting the fastest lap late on.
Reflecting on last weekend’s contest, Ricciardo told the F1 website: “We had a lot of pace, more so on the hard tyres.”
Looking ahead to Italy, he added: “Spa Francorchamps was a good track for us last year, but Monza was even better, so we’ll see.
“We’ll try not to get ahead of ourselves, but I think we can go there with a lot of confidence.”
Obviously, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be hard to catch after dominating once again in Belgium.
However, Ricciardo wasn’t far behind Max Verstappen and Red Bull do not have a good record at Monza.
They have not secured a top-three finish here since Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in 2013.
How the Belgian Grand Prix finished
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Verstappen (Red Bull), 4 Ricciardo (Renault), 5 Ocon (Renault), 6 Albon (Red Bull), 7 Norris (McLaren), 8 Gasly (Alphatauri), 9 Stroll (Racing Point), 10 Perez (Racing Point), 11 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 12 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 13 Vettel (Ferrari), 14 Leclerc (Ferrari), 15 Grosjean (Haas), 16 Latifi (Williams), 17 Magnussen (Haas), DNF Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Russell (Williams), Sainz (McLaren)
Monza has been a happy hunting ground for Sergio Perez, who was runner-up for Sauber back in 2012 and has scored points here every year since 2014.
The Mexican has been seventh in each of the past two renewals for Racing Point and Ferrari’s current struggles opens up the chance to go at least one better.
Belgium was a disappointment for his team but Perez had finished in the top six three times from his four previous completed races this term.
Looking at the Italian Grand Prix odds, we reckon 9/10 for him to achieve that feat once more is a solid selection.
“We need to make sure we come back stronger at Monza,” declared Perez. “It’s a track that should suit us and I’m hopeful we can score good points there.”
The Haas team had to endure a difficult weekend in Belgium, suffering engine problems on both cars.
They have now scored points in just one of the last seven races and 9/2 for Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen to be the first driver to retire is added to our Italian Grand Prix betting tips.
Past Italian Grand Prix winners:
2019 Leclerc (Ferrari), Bottas (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen (Ferrari), Bottas (Mercedes)
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Massa (Williams)
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Massa (Williams)
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