Charles Leclerc took pole position for his Ferrari team’s home race at Monza, with the full results from qualifying set to change dramatically.
The grid will shuffle significantly as a multitude of grid drops will take effect once the qualifying results are confirmed.
New parts were taken beyond their initial allocation for most drivers, while Yuki Tsunoda had already been penalised 10 places for reaching his fifth reprimand of the season at Zandvoort.
The list of drivers and their penalties is as follows:
Five places: Esteban Ocon, Max Verstappen
10 places: Sergio Perez
15 places: Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher
Back of the grid: Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Yuki Tsunoda
But the main concern on Saturday was the on-track action, and Nyck de Vries was drafted in to drive for Williams at short notice to make his Formula 1 debut, with Alex Albon reporting he has appendicitis and will miss the action at Monza.
De Vries was able to make his way into Q2 and outqualify his team-mate, with Nicholas Latifi having had a hefty lock-up at Turn 1 on his final lap.
A deleted lap time for Kevin Magnussen cost him a place in the second session, with his Haas team-mate Mick Schumacher and both Aston Martin drivers also dropping out.
Q2 saw the action continue for all but one of the 15 remaining drivers, with Tsunoda in his AlphaTauri opting to stay in the garage given a back-of-the-grid penalty was coming his way.
De Vries locked up his rear axle heading into the chicane at Variante della Roggia, causing him to drop out in P13. Alfa Romeo pair Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, also failed to make the cut.
Heading into Q3, there was still plenty to be decided heading into the race with the grid penalties looming over most of the drivers involved in the final part of qualifying.
But Leclerc did not need penalties to benefit him, taking pole with an excellent lap that sent the tifosi into raptures at Ferrari’s home race.
Max Verstappen took second but will drop five places, Carlos Sainz went third fastest but will drop to the back and, with Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton also taking penalties, the Mercedes of George Russell will be promoted and start alongside Leclerc on the front row.
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:20.161
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.145
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 0.268
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 1.045
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 1.363
6 George Russell Mercedes + 1.381
7 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.423
8 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 1.764
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri + 2.487
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine NO TIME SET
1 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.878
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.330
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.387
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.480
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.830
6 George Russell Mercedes + 0.869
7 Lando Norris McLaren + 0.953
8 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 0.977
9 Fernando Alonso Alpine + 0.983
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri + 1.184
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.252
12 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.357
13 Nyck de Vries Williams + 1.593
14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.699
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri NO TIME SET
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:20.922
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.358
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 0.426
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.573
5 George Russell Mercedes + 0.863
6 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.081
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri + 1.088
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri + 1.098
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 1.126
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine + 1.167
11 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.208
12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 1.217
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine + 1.244
14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.332
15 Nyck de Vries Williams + 1.645
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 1.665
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin + 1.714
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 1.826
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1.986
20 Mick Schumacher Haas + 2.083