Bottas wins Sprint, Verstappen on pole for Italian GP

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AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, and Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday September 11, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

Formula 1’s second Sprint race to set pole position for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix is over and Valtteri Bottas took the top step ahead of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

McLaren, in a fight with Ferrari for third in the constructor’s championship, will start very well with Daniel in second on the grid for Sunday followed by his teammate, Lando Norris, in third. Valtteri will start at the back due to an engine change and his teammate, Lewis Hamilton struggled to to get around the two McLaren’s leaving him to start 4th on Sunday.

It was good to see Daniel Ricciardo back on his game and both McLaren’s so competitive but all is not lost for Ferrari who start not far behind in 6th and 7th for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz respectively.

PosNameCarGapBest Time
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1m23.54s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda+2.325s1m23.502s
3Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes+14.534s1m24.291s
4Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes+18.835s1m24.554s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+20.011s1m24.253s
6Charles LeclercFerrari+23.442s1m24.677s
7Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari+27.952s1m24.918s
8Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari+31.089s1m25.126s
9Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda+31.68s1m24.211s
10Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes+38.671s1m25.349s
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault+39.795s1m25.225s
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes+41.991s1m25.493s
13Esteban OconAlpine-Renault+44.187s1m25.613s
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes+46.791s1m25.711s
15George RussellWilliams-Mercedes+47.635s1m25.835s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda+50.791s1m25.847s
17Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari+1m03.413s1m26.613s
18Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo-Ferrari+1m05.91s1m26.772s
19Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m26.819s
Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda0s
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