Pierre Gasly records shock victory at Italian GP

Pierre Gasly raced to one of the most surprising victories in recent Formula One history following a chaotic Italian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman, who drives for Alpha Tauri, took the chequered flag at Monza just 0.4 seconds clear of McLaren's Carlos Sainz with Racing Point's Lance Stroll completing an unpredictable podium.

Lewis Hamilton finished only seventh after he was forced to serve a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for stopping for tyres when the pit lane was closed.

Hamilton, who until that point appeared on course to cruise to his 90th career win, described the decision as "bull****".

The best race of what has been a turgid season took a dramatic twist when the Safety Car was deployed on lap 20 with Kevin Magnussen's Haas parked up in a dangerous position.

Hamilton had established a 11-second lead over the McLaren duo of Sainz and Lando Norris before diving into the pits too soon and facing the wrath of the stewards.

Stroll stayed out, moving him to second, while an early stop from Gasly promoted him to third. The Frenchman had started 10th on the grid.

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The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (R) sprays champagne as he celebrates with second placed McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (C) sprays champagne as he celebrates with third placed Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll (R) on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates with third placed Lance Stroll of Canada and Racing Point during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri, second placed Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 and third placed Lance Stroll of Canada and Racing Point stand on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly celebrates on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (C) celebrates with second placed McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr (L) and third placed Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll (R) on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly stands on his car as he celebrates winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bruno - Pool/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Scuderia AlphaTauri team members celebrate Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri winning the race during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes and Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari battle for position during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives ahead at the restart of the race during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Matteo Bazzi / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATTEO BAZZI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive after the red flag period during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The F1 drivers stand for the national anthem on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen stops in the pits during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc stops in the pits during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The race winners trophy is pictured on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The national anthem is performed before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Stewards watch from the stands between cardboard cut outs of visitors ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 leads the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP rides a scooter to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Stewards clean the track from gravel during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during the third practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari watches the action during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Miguel Medina - Pool/Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 is pushed back into the garage during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Jenifer Lorenzini - Pool/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
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With Magnussen's car removed, the race restarted on lap 24 but a little more than a minute later, Charles Leclerc crashed out at one of the fastest corners on the calendar.

The Ferrari driver was midway through the Parabolica when he veered into the barriers at speeds approaching 180mph.

Leclerc was winded in the huge accident but managed to remove himself from the cockpit.

"Are you OK?" asked the Ferrari pit wall. A breathless Leclerc responded: "Yes, it was a big crash."

The red flags were deployed, with the cars pulling into the pit lane and Hamilton appearing to head to the stewards' office to protest his penalty.

A 27-minute delay ensued with Stroll, who had not stopped, allowed to take on fresh rubber.

But a poor getaway after the red-flag period blew the Canadian's chances. Indeed, it was Gasly, the 24-year-old, who got the best start moving into second behind Hamilton.

The world champion then stopped to serve his penalty with Gasly assuming the lead.

Sainz hustled Gasly to the flag, with McLaren bidding to win their first race since 2012, but it was the French driver who prevailed to claim his maiden grand prix win.

Gasly was in tears as he crossed the line, screaming in delight following a memorable win.

British driver Norris finished fourth ahead of Valtteri Bottas, only fifth following a poor start. Daniel Ricciardo was sixth for Renault ahead of Hamilton, who passed eight cars and claimed the fastest lap of the race following his penalty.

His nearest title challenger Max Verstappen retired with a technical problem, while Sebastian Vettel also failed to reach the end following a brake failure.

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