F1 – Bottas takes P1 for dash qualifying in Monza forward of Hamilton and Verstappen
Valtteri Bottas will begin tomorrow’s dash qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix from the entrance of the grid after he beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamlton by a tenth of a second. System 1 Drivers’ Championship chief Max Versatappen will begin third.
The opening section of qualifying was run at frenetic tempo, with site visitors proving a continuing situation as drivers sought one of the best window for his or her laps. Verstappen was a type of to undergo and after posting a gap time of 1:22.108 his second flyer, aimed toward elevating him from P10, the Dutchman was hampered by three slow-running vehicles forward and was pressured into a 3rd try. He made no mistake on his ultimate flying lap, nevertheless, and vaulted to 3rd, behind Hamilton and Bottas.
Additional again there was an in depth name on the finish of the session for 2022 Mercedes signing George Russell. The Williams driver look set to be get rid of in 16th place after failing to profit from his ultimate flying lap, however the Briton was granted a reprieve when AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda fell foul of observe limits and the Japanese driver’s time was deleted.
It meant that Russell’s team-mate Nicholas Latifi was the primary to exit the session in P16, adopted by Tsunoda, Haas’ Mick Schumacher, Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica and the second Haas of Nikita Mazepin.
In Q2 Hamilton seized management of P1 along with his first flyer of the section, with the Mercedes driver setting a goal of 1:19.936. Verstappen struggled to get near that point and on the finish of the opening runs he sat in sixth place with a lap of 1:20.710, over seven tenths of a second adrift of his title rival.
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez was at even higher threat and forward of the ultimate runs he lay in 10th place, simply a few hundredths of a second away from Alpine’s Esteban Ocon. Perez led his team-mate out of the pit lane for the ultimate runs, aiming to offer Verstappen a tow and that meant the Mexican would endure a nervy finish to the session.
Whereas his help helped Vesrtappen to leap to an eventual fourth place behind Hamilton, Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris, Perez’s ultimate lap of 1:20.882 was solely adequate to boost him to eighth as the ultimate laps got here in. He started to slip again however his luck held and his fall halted in a secure P10 .
Eradicated on the finish of Q2 in 11th and 12th place respectively have been Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll with the Aston Martin drivers being adopted out of the session by the Alpine vehicles of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and the Williams of George Russell.
If the second section had recommended that Purple Bull have been struggling for tempo at energy delicate Monza then Verstappen dispelled that notion within the first run of Q3. Hamilton set the tempo with a lap of 1:19.949 however due to a tow from team-mate Perez, Verstappen was capable of put in a lap simply 0.017s behind the Mercedes driver to a provisional front-row berth.
It seemed like being an in depth name between the 2 title contenders within the ultimate runs however ultimately it was Bottas who took the spoils. Making the most of a tow from Hamilton, the Finn powered to high spot with a lap of 1:19.555. Hamilton, a tenth behind, took second and Verstappen, who failed to enhance on his ultimate flyer, certified third.
Fourth place went to Norris, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in fifth forward of the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly. Carlos Sainz narrowly beat team-mate Charles Leclerc as Ferrari completed seventh and eighth and Perez who had once more aided Verstappen with a tow ended up in ninth place simply forward of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
2021 FIA System 1 Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:19.555
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1:19.651 0.096
3 Max Verstappen Purple Bull Racing 1:19.966 0.411
4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.989 0.434
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:19.995 0.440
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:20.260 0.705
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.462 0.907
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:20.510 0.955
9 Sergio Perez Purple Bull Racing 1:20.611 1.056
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:20.808 1.253
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:20.913 1.358
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:21.020 1.465
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:21.069 1.514