The provisional Italian Grand Prix grid

Michelle Foster
Monza and Spa given one-year extensions.

Monza and Spa given one-year extensions.

Charles Leclerc will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position with rival young gun Max Verstappen at the very back of the grid.

Leclerc claimed pole in a shambolic Q3 at the Monza circuit as only two drivers, the Ferrari man and Carlos Sainz, managed a second flying lap such was the slow pace of the drivers’ out-laps as they all tried not be first on the track.

The Monégasque driver will start P1 ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who’s first attempt was good enough for second, with Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel on the second row of the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen drops out of the top ten as his Alfa Romeo required a new gearbox after he crashed in qualifying while Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Verstappen are at the back of the grid following engine changes.

Alfa Romeo chose to fit a new engine to Raikkonen’s car and will now start from the pit lane.

Verstappen, though, didn’t set a time in Q1 due to a loss of power meaning he races at the discretion of the stewards.

Provisional grid
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:19.307
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.039s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.047s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.150s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.532s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 0.742s
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.148s
8 Alex Albon Red Bull
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:20.517
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:20.615
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:20.630
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:20.784
14 George Russell Williams 1:21.800
15 Robert Kubica Williams 1:22.356
16 Lando Norris McLaren 1:21.068 **
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:21.125 **
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:21.291**
19 Max Verstappen Red Bull no time ***
Pit lane Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing *

* gearbox penalty and engine component penalties
** engine component penalties
*** races at the discretion of the stewards

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