F1: Leclerc wins pole for Italian GP

A huge cheer went up from the 100,000 Italians on hand when Charles Leclerc turned the fastest lap in his #16 Ferrari to win pole for the Italian GP at Monza.

Using a tow off his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., Leclerc’s lap of 1m20.161s beat the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by 0.145s to win his 10th pole of the season. Verstappen did not have a tow from his teammate like Leclerc did.

Charles Leclerc waves to the cheering Tifosi

“We chose to go for a little bit more downforce around here, over one lap maybe it’s not the best, but for tomorrow it should be strong. I think it will be an interesting battle tomorrow,” said Verstappen

Verstappen will take a 5-grid penalty in tomorrow’s race.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 at the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz Jr. was third fastest in his #55 Ferrari, 0.268s behind, but he will start near the back on Sunday due to grid penalties.

Sergio Perez was 4th quick in the 2nd Red Bull Honda, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 5th who just nipped his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton all have grid drops due to engine changes.

Russell in P6 will actually start alongside Leclerc tomorrow, with Norris next up because of grid penalties.

“It’s amazing, it wasn’t an easy qualifying,” said Leclerc.  “I knew there was potential in the car, but I hadn’t put everything together. But happy with the [last] lap, I hope we can do just like in 2019 tomorrow. I took many more risks, I knew it was the last lap. I just went for it, and it worked out.”

Charles Leclerc

“Honestly, a very good qualifying session, and I was pushing flat out,” said Sainz.

“In Q3 I didn’t have a tow, so it cost me those two, three tenths, but I’m starting last so in the end it didn’t matter. I mean I’m not going to lie, it hurts to be starting from the back especially with how good the car is feeling. I will do my best, the pace is there, but I wish I could be there at the front to try and do a 1-2 for the Tifosi.”

McLaren have both cars starting ahead of the Alpine pair, with Alonso’s Q3 really not going to plan and the Spaniard winding up without even setting a time. He’ll move forward from P10 thanks to penalties for others, but it is still far from ideal for the French team.

Grid penalties for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen 5 places
Esteban Ocon 5 places
Sergio Perez 10 places
Mick Schumacher 15 places
Valtteri Bottas 15 places
Kevin Magnussen 15 places
Carlos Sainz Back-of-grid
Lewis Hamilton Back-of-grid
Yuki Tsunoda Back-of-grid

Qualifying Results

1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:21.280 1:21.208 1:20.161 14
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:20.922 1:21.265 1:20.306 16
3 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:21.348 1:20.878 1:20.429 13
4 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:21.495 1:21.358 1:21.206 15
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.048 1:21.708 1:21.524 17
6 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:21.785 1:21.747 1:21.542 17
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:22.130 1:21.831 1:21.584 19
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:22.139 1:21.855 1:21.925 20
9 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:22.010 1:22.062 1:22.648 18
10 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:22.089 1:21.861 17
11 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:22.166 1:22.130 12
12 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:22.254 1:22.235 12
13 45 Nyck De Vries Williams Mercedes 1:22.567 1:22.471 13
14 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:22.003 1:22.577 12
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:22.020 6
16 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:22.587 7
17 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:22.636 7
18 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:22.748 9
19 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:22.908 10
20 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:23.005 9


Starting Lineup After Grid Penalties

Pos Driver Chassis Engine Time
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1’20.161
2 George Russell Mercedes Mercedes 1’21.542
3 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1’21.584
4 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1’21.925
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Red Bull 1’22.648
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault No Q3 Time
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull Red Bull 1’20.306
8 Nyck de Vries Williams Mercedes 1’22.471
9 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1’22.577
10 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1’22.587
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1’22.636
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1’22.748
13 Sergio Perez Red Bull Red Bull 1’21.206
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1’22.130
15 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1’22.235
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1’22.908
17 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1’23.005
18 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari Ferrari 1’20.429
19 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1’21.524
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Red Bull No Time