There may be grid penalties for Marcus Ericsson, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, however, for the Sauber driver it has all worked out quite well.
All three drivers have engine penalties for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix while Hulkenberg has an additional 10 places for causing a collision at the start of the Belgian GP.
That has all played into Ericsson’s hands.
The Sauber driver qualified P19, has an engine change penalty, and yet will start the race P18 due to Ricciardo and Hulkenberg’s grid drops.
They are starting P19 and P20 respectively.
Meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen will be on a pole position after Ferrari locked out the front row ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The revised grid
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:19.119
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.161s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.175s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.537s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.496s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.817s
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 1.922s
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 1.98s
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 2.231s
10 Lance Stroll Williams 2.508s
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:21.669
12 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:21.732
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:22.568
14 Sergio Perez Force India 1:21.888
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:21.889
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:21.934
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:22.085
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.048 *
19 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull no time *
20 Nico Hulkenberg Renault no time **
* engine penalty
* engine penalty and 10-place penalty for Spa crash