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, regardless of the result he achieves in the sprint race. Hamilton will die as the second, while Verstappen starts from the third place.
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 a change in a number of engine components, he will have to start from the back of the race on Sunday, regardless of the position in which he finished the sprint race. 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 an interesting race on Sunday and there will be a lot of overtaking. Hamilton won second place, 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 part Max failed to match Mercedes, but in Q3 part he was still closer. The McLaren have a good pace in Monza and tomorrow they will start from the fourth and fifth 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 Aston Martin dropped out, so Vettel started from 11th position, while Strol started as 12. Behind them was the duo of Alpin F1 teams, Alonso and Okon scored 13th and 14th time, and Russell slipped into 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.
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:21.035||1:20.229||1:19.966||19|
|9||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:21.308||1:20.882||1:20.611||20|
|10||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:21.197||1:20.726||1:20.808||16|
|11||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:21.394||1:20.913||14|
|12||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:21.415||1:21.020||13|
|19||88||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:22.530||7|
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