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:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1m20.922s||1m21.265s||1m20.306s|
|3||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m21.348s||1m20.878s||1m20.429s|
|4||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||1m21.495s||1m21.358s||1m21.206s|
|9||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri-Red Bull||1m22.01s||1m22.062s||1m22.648s|
|12||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m22.254s||1m22.235s|
|13||Nyck de Vries||Williams-Mercedes||1m22.567s||1m22.471s|
|14||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m22.003s||1m22.577s|
|15||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri-Red Bull||1m22.02s|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m22.636s|
|18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m22.748s|
However, there are a series of penalties that will shuffle the starting grid for Sunday’s race:
|Max Verstappen||5 places|
|Esteban Ocon||5 places|
|Sergio Perez||10 places|
|Mick Schumacher||15 places|
|Valtteri Bottas||15 places|
|Kevin Magnussen||15 places|
Final starting order for Italian GP
8 de Vries