The F1 starting grid has been set for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with a superb pole for Carlos Sainz for Ferrari.
Sainz pipped Max Verstappen by just 0.013s with his final Q3 lap to take his first pole of the season, and the added honour of leading the grid away from Ferrari’s home race on Sunday.
Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc is due to line up third after clocking close to his team-mate’s time, the Monégasque driver admitting his disappointment at not taking pole himself in a remarkable turnaround in speed for the Scuderia after an off-colour Dutch Grand Prix.
George Russell and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five in qualifying, while at the other end of the spectrum, Lance Stroll and both Alpine drivers were the big names to drop out in Q1 on Saturday.
F1 starting grid: 2023 Italian Grand Prix
[Correct as of 2 September, subject to change before the race]
1 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari 1:20.294
2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull +0.013
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +0.067
4 George RUSSELL Mercedes +0.377
5 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull +0.394
6 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.466
7 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +0.491
8 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.526
9 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.685
10 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +1.123
11 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri 1:21.594
12 Liam LAWSON AlphaTauri +0.164
13 Nico HULKENBERG Haas +0.182
14 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +0.346
15 Logan SARGEANT Williams +0.350
16 ZHOU Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:22.390
17 Pierre GASLY Alpine +0.155
18 Esteban OCON Alpine +0.158
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas +0.202
20 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +0.470