Lewis Hamilton won his 95th Formula One pole position in Tuscany with a lap time of 1:15.144. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas placed just 0.059 seconds behind Lewis after putting tremendous efforts towards his pole position pursuit. Red Bull’s two drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon qualified 3th and 4th, respectively, while Charles Leclerc managed to take his difficult to drive Ferrari into top 5 for the first time this season. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll qualified right behind Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz with McLaren split the two Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon who placed 8th and 10th, respectively. This concluded the today’s Q3 battle for positions.
The second qualifying session went perfect for some and horribly wrong for others. McLaren’s Lando Norris was the first of the drivers who did not make the cut, and his time today was only good enough for P11. Daniil Kvyat with Alpha Tauri placed 12th, while Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen had yet another great qualifying with P13 for the Iceman. Kimi has not scored a single point so far in this season, however, the veteran driver keeps getting closer and closer to a points finish, as the season progresses. Sebastian Vettel will start his race from 14th on the grid. The German driver qualified 9 places behind his teammate, which was a disappointing result ahead of Ferrari’s milestone race. Romain Grosjean placed in P15 for Haas.
Last week’s Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly was eliminated during the early stages today. The Alpha Tauri driver qualified 16th, while Antonio Giovinazzi placed 17th for Alfa Romeo. Despite their sincere efforts, Williams’ George Russell and Nicholas Latifi only managed to finish 18th and 19th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen for Haas.
QUICK REMINDER: Scuderia Ferrari are celebrating their 1000th Grand Prix this weekend. Looking at their provisional grid positions (LEC – 5th, VET – 14th), winning the race or even getting podiums almost seem like impossible tasks. Nevertheless, the Tuscan Grand Prix on Ferrari’s own track Mugello is tomorrow, not today. Hence, anything could happen… Could there be another exciting Italian show just a week after the first one on Monza? Certainly! Stay tuned!
Complete official results from the session available HERE.