Sat 10 September 2022
The Tifosi can eagerly look forward to the Italian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc has beaten Max Verstappen and will start on pole position in Monza. A relief for Ferrari, which has had a lot of setbacks in recent weeks. Verstappen – like many drivers – received a grid penalty, which is good news for George Russell (Mercedes) and Lando Norris (McLaren).
A double Italian birthday deserves a big celebration. The Monza circuit turns 100 this year, Ferrari blows out 75 candles. There is no lack of motivation at the Italian stable to do well in the home race.
Charles Leclerc got the message and raced – in a brand new yellow kit – to pole position. The Monegask was just a bit faster than Max Verstappen and teammate Carlos Sainz.
Although the latter will not start next to and behind Leclerc: Verstappen has a grid penalty behind his name and starts five places lower, the Spaniard starts – together with Lewis Hamilton – at the very back of the pack.
That’s good news for George Russell and Lando Norris. The British are allowed to park their Mercedes and McLaren on P2 and P3 on Sunday. How long can they hold off a chasing Max Verstappen?
Result of qualifications, without penalties:
No shortage of grid penalties this weekend:
Verstappen: “Car will be excellent tomorrow”
Charles Leclerc couldn’t hide his happiness after qualifying. With a wall-to-wall smile, he talked about his “great round” and the “desire to win again in front of the home crowd.”
That smile was not visible on Max Verstappen. He wanted pole position, but Red Bull opted for a little more downforce on the car, which is more advantageous in a race situation. “Tomorrow the car will be excellent”, the Dutchman assured. Who after himself – after a grid penalty – can prepare for a catch-up race.