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Italian F1 Grand Prix 2018: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2018

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during the second practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on August 31, 2018 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ferrari will be on the charge at the 2018 Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, when Sebastian Vettel continues to chase down Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula One driver's world championship at Monza.

The German has the world champion in his sights, and he is now just 17 points behind the Mercedes driver after his victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa last weekend.

Here is how you can watch the action from Italy:

                     

Race Start Time: 2:10 p.m. BST/9:10 a.m. ET

TV Info: Channel 4 (UK), Sky Sports F1 (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: All 4 (UK), Sky Go (UK), ESPN Player (U.S.)

For a full drivers list, visit the Formula 1 website

                

Preview

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives as it rains during the first practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on August 31, 2018 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)        (Photo credit sh
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Hamilton was victorious 12 months ago at Monza, but Mercedes have stood still while Ferrari have improved.

The Silver Arrows are just 15 points ahead of their F1 rivals in the constructors' championship as the next race approaches, and the Italians have produced a tremendous car this season.

There's still little between the teams, but with home advantage, the Italian contingent will expect to dominate in front of their fans.

Ferrari are attempting to win the event for a 30th time, extending their lead of the most wins by a constructor at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel stands in the pits during the second practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on August 31, 2018 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)        (Photo credit
MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

However, the Scuderia haven't won the race since 2010, giving Vettel more incentive as he attempts to pile the pressure on Hamilton.

Monza is considered one of the quickest tracks in Formula One, and this should give the German driver the margins he needs to finish ahead of the Briton.

The Ferrari power unit has brought a new dimension to the title race this term, and Mercedes know they have a serious challenge on their hands after years of uncontested dominance.

However, Hamilton appeared relaxed ahead of the race, as he posted on Twitter as the rain began to fall during practice:

Lewis Hamilton @LewisHamilton

Full throttle in Monza 🛴🌧 🇮🇹 #ItalianGP #F1 https://t.co/DsoIH0VLTD

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will find it difficult to contend as he faces a severe grid penalty for a power-unit change.

It's been a difficult season for the chasing pack, with Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen failing to provide a substantial challenge to the top two.

Bottas has said he will accept team orders from Mercedes if Hamilton needs assistance to win the title throughout the rest of the season, per Crash

"For sure it will be different, in terms of how you approach the weekend, but I think the team would still support both of us a lot. If I would have the pace to win a race, by pure speed, if I'm about to win a race, it's up to the team to look at the situation.

"I don't think, in anyway, I would completely lose the freedom to win the race if I'm able to do so. It depends on the situation: if there are clear points or way to avoid me or Lewis to lose points, we'll see how to do it.

"It will always depend on the situation and I do trust the team that they have respect for both drivers and won't do anything too harsh."

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with second place Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP after` the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 3, 2017 in Monz
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The Finn could become a vital chess piece for Hamilton in the weeks ahead, but Bottas has failed to show the expected pace after replacing former world champion Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton knows one mistake could see the championship slip from his grasp, with Vettel motivated to land his fifth world crown.

The German won four successive championships with Red Bull, but a title with Ferrari would be the most celebrated of his career. 

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