Leclerc secures back-to-back race wins as Ferrari win on home soil in Italy

Charles Leclerc survived an onslaught from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to win a thrilling Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton hustled Leclerc during a remarkable spell of wheel-to-wheel action at Monza – but the young Monegasque excelled to keep the world champion at bay and register his second win in as many weeks and Ferrari's first on home soil in nine years.

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Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the race with team mates REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc shakes hands with second place Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas after winning the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the race with team mates REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 General view of a Ferrari during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 The Frecce Tricolori perform before the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2019 General view as fans let off a smoke grenade in the stands before the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Race winner Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 celebrates during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Daniil Kvyat driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda retires during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team VF-19 Ferrari locks a wheel under braking defending track position from Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL34 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) McLaren F1 Team MCL34 Renault leads Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads the field at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Race winner Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes ahead of Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 8, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Marco Serena/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: A view of the start showing Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda, Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team VF-19 Ferrari and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP19 Mercedes spins with Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 behind during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 spins during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads the field at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Daniil Kvyat driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 08, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
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With 11 laps remaining, Hamilton then made a mistake at the first corner in his pursuit of Leclerc, falling off the road and allowing Bottas to take second.

On fresher tyres, Bottas took over from Hamilton in his pursuit of Leclerc but crossed the line just eight-tenths shy of the Ferrari star.

In contrast to Leclerc's heroics at the Cathedral of Speed, Sebastian Vettel endured yet another torrid afternoon in the sister Ferrari.

The four-time world champion took the chequered flag a dismal 13th and one lap down after a spin at the Ascari chicane on lap six.

Vettel had to stop for a new front wing after he clumsily collided with Lance Stroll in his attempt to rejoin the track following his mistake. He was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for his part in the incident.

Hamilton's late error allowed Bottas to reduce the championship deficit to 63 points with seven rounds left.

"What a race," said Leclerc. "I have never been so tired. I made a few mistakes, but in the end I finished first so I am very happy."

"Charles did a great job," said Hamilton. "He came under a lot of pressure from Valtteri and I.

"I did the best I could, but following so closely for so many laps, the tyres just went off the cliff. It was not our day."

Leclerc's credentials were tested to the absolute limit as Hamilton hunted the 21-year-old around the high-speed Monza track.

Leclerc was shown a black-and-white flag, Formula One's version of a yellow card, after Hamilton claimed he was pushed off the road by the Ferrari driver.

On lap 23, Hamilton launched an attack on Leclerc at the second chicane, but was forced to take to the run-off area.

"He didn't leave me a car's width," said Hamilton on the radio. "He pushed me off."

Thirteen laps later, Leclerc then ran over the kerbs at the first chicane but rejoined in front of Hamilton.

"There is some dangerous driving going on," said Hamilton. The stewards noted the incident but took no further action.

The partisan Ferrari fans stood on their feet to applaud Leclerc as he whistled past on the main straight, and they burst into unanimous cheers when Hamilton was forced to take to the escape road after going too hot on his brakes at the first corner.

Bottas took over second position as Hamilton stopped for a set of fresh tyres, claiming a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race in the closing stages.

Bottas lined up a move on Leclerc for the win with just two laps to run, but the Finn locked up, affording Leclerc much-needed breathing space.

The Renault duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth and fifth ahead of Red Bull's Alex Albon.

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