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F1 qualifying LIVE! Italian Grand Prix latest results, updates, news, TV channel as Charles Leclerc takes pole

Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari on pole position for the Italian Grand Prix to the delight of the Monza crowd. Leclerc pulled out all the stops with his final run at the Temple of Speed ​​to send the Tifosi wild, with Max Verstappen having to settle for a second.

Verstappen will likely line up in fourth, with the world champion among nine of 20 drivers punished for exceeding their number of allocated engine parts. Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively, but the trio also face grid sanctions. Hamilton will start from the back after taking on his fourth engine of the season – one more than he is allowed.

George Russell finished sixth but takes advantage of those above being penalized to join Leclerc on the front row. Lando Norris qualified seventh but is set to start third in his McLaren once the grid penalties are applied. Hamilton’s yellow 44 on the side of his Mercedes has been turned to black in honor of the Queen, with a plethora of tributes being paid up and down the paddock to the long-serving monarch.

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Qualifying report

Charles Leclerc will start the Italian Grand Prix on pole after a brilliant final qualifying lap at Monza.

A number of grid penalties to other drivers meant that Leclerc looked almost certain to take pole regardless of his performance in Q3, but he went fastest anyway by more than a tenth to lay down a marker ahead of Sunday’s race.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was second fastest but will move down the field after his five-place grid penalty, meaning George Russell, who was sixth in qualifying, starts on the front row alongside Leclerc.

It is likely the Dutchman will start in fourth, despite that five-place penalty, though it is yet to be confirmed.

That’s because Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively, but the trio also face grid penalties. Hamilton will start at the back of the field alongside Yuki Tsunoda after taking on his fourth engine of the season.

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Sainz’s post-qualifying thoughts…

“It hurts starting from the back tomorrow especially with how competitive the car is this weekend and how good I’m feeling on the car especially after this qualifying.

“And to know I will be starting from the back I will do my best and try to put on a good show.”


Hamilton reacts to qualifying

“It was an OK session, it wasn’t my best. Today we were naturally off the pace, but fifth was the best I could do.

“I’m losing two tenths in the last sector, as a competitor I know I need to work out those last two corners. I’m generally happy with it, didn’t mess up too much.

“It’s going to be tough tomorrow, because the DRS doesn’t make much of a difference. It could be a frustrating today but I’ll try to stay positive going into it.”


Horner on Verstappen penalty

“We have got a good race car, hopefully we can make progress from there.”

Christian Horner admits it won’t be as easy for Max Verstappen tomorrow to overtake as he seemingly found it in Spa, but believes Red Bull are still capable of challenging for the race win.


Reminder of those grid penalties

There are quite a few!


Leclerc reacts to taking pole

“It was not an easy qualifying even though I knew there was a lot of potential in the car… the feeling with the car is amazing and I hope we can do just like 2019.”


Q3 results

Leclerc, Verstappen, Sainz, Perez, Hamilton, Russell, Norris, Ricciardo, Gasly, Alonso.

That’s how it finished in Q3.


Charles Leclerc takes pole!

Sainz first to cross the line – 1:20.4 as he goes even faster. But that’s sensational from Leclerc, 1:20.1!

That’ll do the job.

Verstappen into second, brilliant from him too. Still more than a tenth down. Leclerc on pole.


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