FROMHarles Leclerc will be looking to revive F1 championship racing at his home circuit after taking pole position at Sunday’s race. Grand Prix of Italy.
runaway leader Max Verstappen he will again have to try to get ahead after being among the many riders who receive penalties on the grid.
Leclerc set the fastest time on his last lap in qualifying on Saturday and knew he was starting ahead of the grid even before Verstappen crossed 0.145 seconds slower, which means ferrari the rider won the pole due to merit, and not just because of the opponent’s penalties.
“How nice. Now, guys, tomorrow,” Leclerc said over the team radio as the roar of passionate red-clad tifosi fans echoed around the track.
Verstappen is in contention for a fifth win in a row and a first appearance on the iconic podium at Monza. He had a tougher challenge at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago when he was again among several drivers who received grid penalties and started 14th but blasted ahead to victory.
Carlos Sainz Jr. was third in speed, but he will not start alongside his Ferrari teammate in the front row as he also received a penalty and starts at the bottom of the grid ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda.
A total of nine riders received penalties. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Prez finished fourthahead of the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and George Russell, but it is Russell who starts on Sunday alongside Leclerc.
McLaren Drivers lando norriswho was seventh fastest, starts third.
Meanwhile, there was an impressive qualifying debut for Williams reserve driver Nick de Vries, who replaced Alex Albon this weekend after the Thai driver was diagnosed with appendicitis.
27 year old DeVries advanced to the second quarter by passing his teammate Nicholas Latifi to finish in 13th place.