A series of grid penalties for power unit and gearbox changes means the starting grid is very mixed compared to qualifying order, with nearly half the field affected. red bulls Max Verstappen was the second fastest in qualifying, ahead of second Ferrari of carlos sainzbut they are both back on the grid due to penalties.
Starting grid for the Italian Grand Prix: Leclerc on pole for Russell
What happened during the Italian Grand Prix Q1?
Verstappen set the bar at 1m22.023s but was quickly overtaken by the Ferraris of Sainz in 1m21.348s then Leclerc in 1m21.280s. Russell also edged Verstappen, albeit half a second off Ferrari’s pace.
Verstappen pushed again and took over P1, on his fourth lap on these tyres, with 1m20.922s to end the session by 0.358s.
Falling at the first hurdle were Nicholas Latifi (williamswho blew the Rettiflilo chicane on his last lap), the Aston Martins of Sebastian Vettel and Spear Strolland the Haas duo from Kevin Magnussen (who lost a good enough lap for P11 due to exceeding track limits) and Mick Schumacher (who also locked up in Rettifilo in his last attempt).
Italian Grand Prix Q1 results: Leclerc fastest Verstappen
What happened in the Q2 Italian Grand Prix?
Verstappen again set the early pace, at 1m21.265s, but Sainz quickly beat that with 1m20.878s, as Leclerc lined up the Rettifilo chicane on his opening lap.
Leclerc went P2 on his second attempt, 0.33 seconds down. Verstappen fell back to third place, 0.387 seconds off the pace, just ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez.
Knocked out at this point were Stephen Ocon (Alpinewho receives a five-place grid penalty), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Nyck de Vries (in for Alex Albon at Williams, but he overtook the Roggia chicane with his new tyres), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) and Yuki Tsunoda (who did not run in his Alpha Tauri because it goes to the very bottom of the grid).
Italian Grand Prix Q2 results: Sainz fastest over Leclerc
What happened in the third quarter of the Italian Grand Prix?
In the opening runs, Sainz set the fastest time in 1m20.584s, 0.186s ahead of Leclerc’s 1m20.770s, with Verstappen another tenth behind in 1m20.859s. Perez led the rest but was more than three-quarters of a second off the pace.
In the final runs, Leclerc took pole with 1m20.161s, 0.145s faster than Verstappen’s 1m20.906s, with Sainz third fastest in 1m20.429s. Perez was fourth quickest, ahead of the Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell.
Sainz will start from the back of the grid, where he will line up 18th ahead of Hamilton and Tsunoda.
Verstappen has a five-place penalty and Perez has 10 places, so Russell will start from the front row on Sunday. The McLarens will form the second row, ahead of Gasly and Alonso.
Verstappen will start seventh, alongside debutant de Vries.