F1 Italian GP – Bottas P1 for sprint qualifying – Here are the 2021 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Friday’s Qualifying results.
Valtteri Bottas pipped Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton to top qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix and head the field for Saturday’s sprint race.
The Finn edged out Hamilton by just 0.096s in a dramatic conclusion to Friday evening’s qualifying session which set the grid for F1’s second-ever sprint race at Monza.
Hamilton had led the way after the opening runs of Q3 but a sensational final effort from Bottas saw him usurp his teammate and grab pole position for Saturday’s sprint.
POS. DRIVER NAT. TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 1 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m20.685s 1m20.032s 1m19.555s 2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m20.543s 1m19.936s 1m19.651s 3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m21.035s 1m20.229s 1m19.966s 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m20.916s 1m20.059s 1m19.989s 5 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m21.292s 1m20.435s 1m19.995s 6 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m21.440s 1m20.556s 1m20.260s 7 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m21.118s 1m20.750s 1m20.462s 8 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m21.219s 1m20.767s 1m20.510s 9 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m21.308s 1m20.882s 1m20.611s 10 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m21.197s 1m20.726s 1m20.808s 11 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m21.394s 1m20.913s 12 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m21.415s 1m21.020s 13 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m21.487s 1m21.069s 14 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m21.500s 1m21.103s 15 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m21.890s 1m21.392s 16 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m21.925s 17 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m21.973s 18 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m22.248s 19 Robert Kubica POL Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m22.530s 20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m22.716s
Bottas, who will leave Mercedes at the end of the year to join Alfa Romeo, has taken on a new power unit for this weekend’s race and will subsequently start from the back of the grid for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
But first, he will lead the field away at the start of the sprint race.
Championship leader Max Verstappen was towed to third place by Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez as he ended up four-tenths down on the Mercedes pair.
Verstappen did well to salvage third on the grid after Red Bull had struggled for pace throughout qualifying as he narrowly outpaced the McLaren duo.
Lando Norris ended up just 0.023s adrift of Verstappen in fourth, while McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo got within 0.029s of the Dutchman’s time as the team enjoyed a strong qualifying performance.
2020 Italian Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly continued his streak of top-six finishes in qualifying for AlphaTauri as he beat the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who battled an engine issue throughout.
After being effectively sacrificed to provide Verstappen a tow, Perez could only take ninth ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, who made it into Q3 for the second week running.
The Aston Martin pair of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were both knocked out in Q2 in 11th and 12th, ahead of the Alpine duo of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
Mercedes-bound George Russell was 15th fastest in his Williams during his latest Q2 appearance.
Nicholas Latifi was 16th for Williams, while Yuki Tsunoda suffered his latest Q1 elimination after having his fastest lap time deleted for a track limits infringement, dropping the AlphaTauri rookie to 17th.
An impressive lap from Mick Schumacher saw the German out-qualify Robert Kubica’s Alfa Romeo by two-tenths as he put his Haas 18th with a late improvement.
Teammate Nikita Mazepin was slowest of all and will start Saturday’s sprint race from the very back of the grid in P20.
F1 Italian GP – Bottas P1 for sprint qualifying F1 Italian GP – Bottas P1 for sprint qualifying
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