Valtteri Bottas claimed pole place for the Italian Grand Prix Dash after snatching high spot in Friday’s qualifying from his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Finn Bottas clocked one minute, 19.555 seconds on his final qualifying lap at Monza to complete simply 0.096 sec forward of seven-time world champion Hamilton, who had been quickest within the first two qualifying periods and follow and had been main Q3 till he was pipped within the last moments.
Which means 32-year-old Bottas will lead the sphere in Saturday’s 100km Dash, which is able to resolve the grid for the GP on Sunday and provides championship factors to the highest three.
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First place within the Dash will take three factors, second place two and third place one.
Nonetheless Bottas will begin in the back of the grid on Sunday no matter how he fares within the Dash as he was penalised for taking over energy unit elements.
“That qualifying lap was good. It feels so good if you get a pleasant lap,” mentioned Bottas, who will be part of Alfa Romeo subsequent season.
“I really feel good, I really feel relaxed and every little thing is sorted for the longer term.”
Daniel Ricciardo loved certainly one of his stronger qualifying performances of the 12 months with the fifth-fastest time.
He was simply 0.006 seconds slower than his teammate Lando Norris in fourth. Ought to he at the least retain his place in Saturday’s dash race, then he’ll begin on Sunday simply outdoors the rostrum positions in fourth attributable to Bottas’ penalty.
“From a basic standpoint, I’m comfortable. We had been quick and had been combating for high three on the grid, so I’m comfortable we had the potential to do this,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“However I’m so pissed off that we obtained that shut however not fairly shut sufficient. It was extra of a tease than something, but it surely’s all good.
“I feel the workforce efficiency was nice. We didn’t put ourselves in a troublesome state of affairs with any of the out-laps and I used to be in the correct locations when it comes to monitor place, we had good tows.
“My solely frustration is that it’s so shut and, sadly, I used to be on the improper aspect of the milliseconds. It’s what it’s and I’m now wanting ahead to the racing.”
Crimson Bull’s championship chief Max Verstappen took third, 0.411sec off Bottas, as he tries to defend his tiny three-point lead from Hamilton, who on Sunday will once more try and carry up a century of GP victories.
Hamilton has been caught on 99 wins since taking the British GP at Silverstone in mid-July, which was when the Dash qualifying format was used for the primary time.
Dutchman Verstappen was behind the Mercedes pair all day as he struggled to maintain up with their tempo, however appeared inspired by his displaying in Friday’s qualifying.
“For us this monitor is all the time going to be troublesome… We recovered fairly properly all through the qualifying,” mentioned Verstappen.
“I’m so comfortable to be third right here… I feel we will rating quantity of factors.”
Charles Leclerc requested the Ferrari followers at Monza to create the identical fervour as that which accompanied Verstappen’s win on the Dutch GP final week.
And the Monegasque completed eighth, 0.955sec off Bottas and a spot behind his teammate Carlos Sainz.
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX SPRINT RACE GRID
Entrance row Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)
2nd row Max Verstappen (NED/Crimson Bull-Honda) Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)
third row Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda)
4th row Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)
fifth row Sergio Pérez (MEX/Crimson Bull-Honda) Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)
sixth row Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)
seventh row Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)
eighth row George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)
ninth row Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda) Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)
tenth row Robert Kubica (POL/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari)