The British pilot Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) signed pole for the race this Saturday Italian Grand Prix, eighth quote of Formula 1 World Cup, while Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren) have repeated their best qualifying position and will start this Sunday third in Monza.
The excellent work during the entire session of the Madrid native, who never dropped from fourth place at the end of each heat, was rewarded with a place on the second row of the grid, just behind the two ‘silver arrows’. Thus, he will start for the second time from third place, after also doing it in the Styrian Grand Prix.
In the house of Ferrari, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, which the year achieved pole and victory for the ‘Scuderia’ on the transalpine track, set the first reference time, although it was canceled for exceeding the limits of the track. In front the German would momentarily put Sebastian Vettel, a simple mirage of what the Q1 would throw.
The Mercedes soon took over, with Hamilton leading (1: 19.514), as the fight hardened from behind for a spot in the next round. The ‘Cavallino Rampante’ cars suffered again, so much so that Vettel was not able to overcome the cut and will have to start seventeenth; Leclerc, for his part, completed the ‘Top 10’.
Only the mexican Sergio perez (Racing Point) came between Sainz and the ‘silver arrows’ in Q1, positions that would be swapped after an exciting Q2. With the intractable Mercedes, the Madrilenian rose to third place in the intermediate session, leaving ‘Checo’ behind and looking to repeat the surprise in the final session.
With Kvyat, Ocon, Leclerc, Räikkönen and Magnussen out of the fight, a Q3 began in which Hamilton was soon out on track to take the lead. Once again, no one could overshadow it, thanks to a final 1: 18.887 with which he beat his teammate at the last moment, Valtteri Bottas -at 0.069-, and signed his seventh pole at Monza.
From behind, after a fantastic last lap and without being intimidated by the slip-ups, Sainz appeared, who accelerated to the maximum to rise to third place, which will allow you to exit from the clean zone in the second row of the grill. With this, he matches what he did in the Styrian Grand Prix, in the wet.
‘Checo’ Pérez will accompany him on the second line this Sunday. Dutch Max verstappen (Red Bull) had to settle for fifth place, and will go out with Sainz’s teammate, the British Lando norris, sixth. The australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point), the Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull) and the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) closed the ‘Top 10’.