F1: Botas won the pole position for the sprint in Monza, but started from the back

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Valteri Botas won the qualifications today, which were run for the sprint race in Monza, but he will still have to start from the back due to a change in the part of the unit. This puts Hamilton in the first place, while Verstappen will start as the second.

Monza is the second race of the season to be run in a new format that includes qualifiers on Friday and a sprint race on Saturday, the result of which defines the starting order for the Grand Prix on Sunday. Botas drove the fastest qualifiers, but due to the change of a larger number of engine components, he will have to start from the rear. The team decided on this before the qualifications in order to be “safe” until the end of the season with Botas’ car. As Monza is the track on which Mercedes is expected to be quite strong, the team decided on this move, so Botas will surely have the most interesting sprint tomorrow. Hamilton won the second place, so he starts from the pole position tomorrow in the sprint, and it is interesting that Botas, in his fastest attempt, actually gave a lee to Hamilton, who still did not drive a better lap than Botas.

Max pulled out the third time so he starts behind Hamilton tomorrow and generally shows progress at Red Bull because in the first training session in both Q1 and Q2 Max failed to match Mercedes, but in Q3 he was still much closer. The McLaren have a good pace in Monza and tomorrow they will start from the third and fourth position, and Norris got Ricardo again, who is getting better and better at McLaren and reducing the difference in relation to his colleague. Gasley was great again and won the sixth place, ahead of the two Ferraris, and Sajnc beat Leclerc this time. Perez and Giovanni won the ninth and tenth place, and Perez practically sacrificed half a second of his time to make a lee for Max in his attempt for the best lap in the qualifications.

In the Q2 part, the drivers of the Aston Martin dropped out, but they, like everyone else, profited from the Botas penalty, so Vettel started from the 10th position, while Strol started as the 11th. Behind them was the duo of the Alpin F1 team, Alonso and Okon. reached the 14th and 15th times, and Russell slipped into the Q2 part after the time was cleared by Cunodi due to non-compliance with the boundaries of the track on the Parabolika curve. He is followed by his club colleague Latifi, while Mick Schumacher defeated his club colleague Mazepin, but also Kubica, who replaces Raikkonen, who is COVID positive.

Tomorrow’s sprint race starts at 16:30 Central European Time.

Qualification results:

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 77 Valtteri bottas MERCEDES 1:20.685 1:20.032 1:19.555 18
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:20.543 1:19.936 1:19.651 18
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:21.035 1:20.229 1:19.966 19
4 4 Country Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.916 1:20.059 1:19.989 21
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:21.292 1:20.435 1:19.995 17
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:21.440 1:20.556 1:20.260 16
7 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:21.118 1:20.750 1:20.462 18
8 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:21.219 1:20.767 1:20.510 18
9 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:21.308 1:20.882 1:20.611 20
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.197 1:20.726 1:20.808 16
11 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:21.394 1:20.913 14
12 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:21.415 1:21.020 13
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:21.487 1:21.069 11
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:21.500 1:21.103 12
15 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.890 1:21.392 16
16 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.925 10
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:21.973 9
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:22.248 8
19 88 Robert Kubica ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:22.530 7
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:22.716 9c

Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.

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