Today’s Formula One race promises to be another thrilling affair with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari on pole position in front of yet another mixed-up grid. While engine penalties continue to cause havoc in the paddock, the ultimate upshot is an intriguing 53 laps ahead.
In Saturday’s qualifying, Leclerc edged F1 championship leader Max Verstappen before the Red Bull driver took a five-placed penalty for new power unit components. That means George Russell lines up in second ahead of the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, who famously won the race at Monza last year.
Ferarri’s Carlos Sainz and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton have taken penalties to start at the back of the grid while Williams driver Alex Albon sits out the weekend after coming down with appendicitis. Follow all the latest news and updates from the Italian Grand Prix with our live blog below!
Engine penalties have wreaked havoc on the grid… once again!
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TV channel: The race will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports’ dedicated F1 and Main Event channels. Coverage of Grand Prix Sunday starts at 1pm BST.
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After a fascinating qualifying session and a raft of engine penalties shaking up the grid, Charles Leclerc starts on pole in the Ferrari with Max Verstappen dropped into seventh place.
The action gets underway at 2pm BST from Monza.
Charles Leclerc will start the Italian Grand Prix on pole after a brilliant final qualifying lap at Monza.
A number of grid penalties to other drivers meant that Leclerc looked almost certain to take pole regardless of his performance in Q3, but he went fastest anyway by more than a tenth to lay down a marker ahead of Sunday’s race.
Championship leader Max Verstappen was second fastest but will move down the field after his five-place grid penalty, meaning George Russell, who was sixth in qualifying, starts on the front row alongside Leclerc.
It is likely the Dutchman will start in fourth, despite that five-place penalty, though it it yet to be confirmed.
That’s because Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively, but the trio also face grid penalties. Hamilton will start at the back of the field alongside Yuki Tsunoda after taking on his fourth engine of the season.
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Sainz’s post-qualifying thoughts…
“It hurts starting from the back tomorrow especially with how competitive the car is this weekend and how good I’m feeling on the car especially after this qualifying.
“And to know I will be starting from the back I will do my best and try to put on a good show.”
Hamilton reacts to qualifying
“It was an OK session, wasn’t my best. Today we were naturally off the pace, but fifth was the best I could do.
“I’m losing two tenths in the last sector, as a competitor I know I need to work out those last two corners. I’m generally happy with it, didn’t mess up too much.
“It’s going to be tough tomorrow, because the DRS doesn’t make much of a difference. It could be a frustrating today but I’ll try to stay positive going into it.”
Horner on Verstappen penalty
“We have got a good race car, hopefully we can make progress from there.”
Christian Horner admits it won’t be as easy for Max Verstappen tomorrow to overtake as he seemingly found it in Spa, but believes Red Bull are still capable of challenging for the race win.
Reminder of those grid penalties
There are quite a few!
Leclerc reacts to taking pole
“It was not an easy qualifying even though I knew there was a lot of potential in the car… the feeling with the car is amazing and I hope we can do just like 2019.”