Starting grid finally confirmed for Italian Grand Prix after lengthy wait

Henry Valantine
Charles Leclerc thumbs up on the grid. Monza September 2022.

Charles Leclerc salutes the crowd after taking pole position. Monza September 2022.

After hours of waiting for grid penalties to be applied, the starting grid for the Italian Grand Prix has finally been confirmed.

As expected, the penalties given to Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton has promoted George Russell up to the front row behind polesitter Charles Leclerc.

Lando Norris will now start third, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo alongside him in fourth, after Verstappen’s five-place penalty drops him down to P7.

Having qualified 10th, Fernando Alonso will move up to P6 alongside Pierre Gasly on the third row, and on his debut Formula 1 weekend, Nyck de Vries will start P8 for Williams.

A total of nine of the 20 drivers went into the weekend with penalties hanging over their heads, with Sainz, Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda all dropping to the back of the grid – lining up in order of highest to lowest qualifiers.

Leclerc will start on pole on merit on Sunday, but the grid has changed significantly around him. There had been a long period of confusion as to how the grid slots were calculated, before the FIA confirmed the grid almost four hours after qualifying had finished.

Provisional starting grid

1 Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2 George Russell, Mercedes
3 Lando Norris, McLaren
4 Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
5 Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
6 Fernando Alonso, Alpine
7 Max Verstappen, Red Bull
8 Nyck de Vries, Williams
9 Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
10 Nicholas Latifi, Williams
11 Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
12 Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
13 Sergio Perez, Red Bull
14 Esteban Ocon, Alpine
15 Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
16 Kevin Magnussen, Haas
17 Mick Schumacher, Haas
18 Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
19 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
20 Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri