Leclerc takes Ferrari pole for Italian GP

1 - GP ITALIA F1/2022 - GIOVEDI’ 08/09/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

It’s called the temple of Speed and that’s because it has produced some of the fastest races in Formula 1 history. It is also the track that has hosted more Formula championship races than any other. A lap around Monza is spent at over 80% full throttle.

For that reason you can understand the thrill of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc taking pole for their home grand prix over Max Verstappen’s Red Bull who was followed by the sister Ferrari of Carlos Sainz for 3rd.

A series of penalties will shuffle the starting grid with both Max and Carlos dropping down the order for taking more than their allowed allotment of engine parts for the season. This means that Ma will drop to 7th while George Russell and Lando Norris will move into 2nd and third respectively for the start of the Italian GP on Sunday.

It also means that Alex Albon’s stand-in driver, Nick de Vries, will start his Williams in P8. Albon suffering from appendicitis gave the Mercedes reserve driver chance to race in F1. It also means that Daniel Ricciardo has a whiff of a podium starting in P4 but I would imagine the faster cars, like Verstappen and Perez, may make that dream quite difficult.

Italian GP Qualifying Results:

1Charles LeclercFerrari1m21.28s1m21.208s1m20.161s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull1m20.922s1m21.265s1m20.306s
3Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m21.348s1m20.878s1m20.429s
4Sergio PérezRed Bull1m21.495s1m21.358s1m21.206s
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m22.048s1m21.708s1m21.524s
6George RussellMercedes1m21.785s1m21.747s1m21.542s
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m22.13s1m21.831s1m21.584s
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m22.139s1m21.855s1m21.925s
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m22.01s1m22.062s1m22.648s
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m22.089s1m21.861s
11Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m22.166s1m22.13s
12Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m22.254s1m22.235s
13Nyck de VriesWilliams-Mercedes1m22.567s1m22.471s
14Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m22.003s1m22.577s
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m22.02s
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m22.587s
17Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m22.636s
18Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m22.748s
19Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m22.908s
20Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m23.005s


Grid Penalties:

However, there are a series of penalties that will shuffle the starting grid for Sunday’s race:

Max Verstappen5 places
Esteban Ocon5 places
Sergio Perez10 places
Mick Schumacher15 places
Valtteri Bottas15 places
Kevin Magnussen15 places
Carlos SainzBack-of-grid
Lewis HamiltonBack-of-grid
Yuki TsunodaBack-of-grid


Final starting order for Italian GP

1 Leclerc
2 Russell
3 Norris
4 Ricciardo
5 Gasly
6 Alonso
7 Verstappen
8 de Vries
9 Zhou
10 Latifi
11 Vettel
12 Stroll
13 Perez
14 Ocon
15 Bottas
16 Magnussen
17 Schumacher
18 Sainz
19 Hamilton
20 Tsunoda


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