Gasly wins Italian Grand Prix after Hamilton penalty; Stroll finishes third

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix after a chaotic race which saw world champion Lewis Hamilton receive a 10-second stop-go penalty and both Ferraris fail to finish at their home circuit on Sunday.

It was Gasly’s first-ever win in Formula One. The 24-year-old Frenchman finished 0.415 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz and 3.358 ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll of Montreal on an entirely unexpected podium. All three drivers had never won a race and each had only one top-three finish to their name.

“This is a loss for Mercedes and the big teams, but it’s a victory for the sport. That was great entertainment today and it was fantastic to see the young guys fighting out front,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said.

Hamilton appeared on course for a comfortable victory from pole position but he was given the penalty for entering the pit lane after it closed to allow crews to clear Kevin Magnussen’s stricken car that had come to a stop nearby

Hamilton, however, kept his championship lead of 47 points, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas moving into second despite only finishing fifth after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had to retire with a mechanical problem. Verstappen is now 54 points behind Hamilton, who remains favourite to win a seventh title to tie Michael Schumacher’s record.

Hamilton finished seventh, 17.245 behind Gasly, who was emotional as he crossed the line to become the first French winner at any GP since Olivier Panis in 1996.

Toronto’s Nicholas Latifi was 11th.

“It was such a crazy race. The car was fast, and to go through so much in the space of 18 months. First podium last year (in Brazil), now first victory in Monza. I have no words,” said Gasly, who

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Renault F1 team rebranding as Alpine, changing colours next season

PARIS — The Renault Formula One team is rebranding as Alpine as from next season and will race in the colours of the French flag.

The Alpine F1 team will still use Renault’s engines but drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who is French, will have a car decked out in blue, white and red instead of yellow and black.

“Alpine brings a new meaning, new values and colours to the paddock with the spirit of competition from other worlds,” Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said. “Alpine has its place in Formula 1 and can challenge for victory.”

New Group CEO Luca De Meo is reorganizing the company to place more emphasis on key brands, such as Alpine, which produces a sportscar.

Alpine has a history in motorsports with the Renault-powered Alpine car winning the Le Mans 24 hours race in 1978.

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Inside the high-tech super fight to find boxing’s greatest heavyweight

The computer couldn’t fully erase the passage of time. Ali looked flabby, Marciano less sure on his feet than the rawest club fighter. Punches above the shoulders were conspicuously pulled, and the blood shed by Marciano came out of a bottle. Wearing what looked like black Oxfords, the referee, Chris Dundee, followed the fighters at a distance, stalking them around the ring but staying out of reach, in fear of walking into a stray punch. The action wasn’t like any bout I’ve ever seen — apparently the technical-support team had failed to program the NCR 315 for clinches (Dundee stepping in on only one occasion throughout the entire fight). And yet, I remember watching it in a crowded, smoky theatre, utterly lost in the action, like most who had forked out the astronomical five bucks. Covering the fight from a film house on Broadway, Robert Lipsyte of the New York Times wrote: “With the exception of the few who jeered at the theatrical gore on Marciano’s face, the audience readily suspended belief [sic].”

The computer came up with split decision — Marciano winning by a 13th-round knockout in North American theatres, while, in another version of the fight that aired in Europe, Ali won by a decision. Marciano would never know the outcome and reasonably good reviews; he died in a plane crash just weeks after the last punch was thrown in simulated anger.

The Marciano win in full:

The closed-circuit production earned about $5 million worldwide and 10 months later a rebroadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports generated the show’s largest ratings for the year. Still, The Super Fight generated no significant follow-up, not with the courts paving the way for Ali to return to the ring and chase the heavyweight title once more. When Woroner found that

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