Without the need to use the suction of a rival and despite having restricted the ‘Party Mode’, the special configuration of the motor map for qualifying, the British driver Lewis Hamilton achieved the pole position of the Italian Grand Prix and incidentally set a new record track at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
With a time of 1: 18.887, the championship leader again demonstrated the potential of the Mercedes W11 and earned his 94th pole in F1. By only 0.069s he surpassed his teammate, the Finn Valtteri Bottas, to whom his work must also be highlighted since the difference was quite small.
Great qualifying session for the Spanish driver Carlos Sainz from McLaren, who achieved the third starting position, beating the Mexican Sergio Pérez from Racing Point by just 0.025s, thus making up the second row.
After them, Max Verstappen will start from fifth position, on a day in which more was expected. His Thai teammate Alex Albon continues without being new and still not matching the pace of the Dutchman.
McLaren’s Lando Norris was sixth, followed by Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo. Speaking of the French team, the day was unexpected due to the results in practice and what was shown at Spa. We will see if tomorrow they recover, since Esteban Ocon part twelfth.
Meanwhile Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was eighth and AlphaTauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat registered tenth and eleventh times.
Follow the bad moment of Ferrari. Charles Leclerc could only qualify thirteenth and Sebastian Vettel did so in seventeenth place. In fact, the German was eliminated in Q1, totally scandalous for the most successful team in F1. Since 1984 no Ferrari started at Monza outside of the top 10.
At Alfa Romeo, Finn Kimi Räikkönen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi qualified in fourteenth and eighteenth places. Haas drivers took the eighth row with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, while George Russell and Nicholas Latifi’s Williamses will start from the bottom.
We will publish the starting grid as soon as FIA makes it official.
Tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. from Monza, the Italian Grand Prix race will begin
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These were the results of the session:
Classification – Italian GP