Hamilton units velocity document to take Monza pole, Ferrari toils

Monza (Italy), September 5

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set the quickest lap in historical past when it comes to automotive velocity to seize pole place on the Italian Grand Prix, nudging Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by simply 0.069 seconds on Saturday.

But Ferrari’s troubles went from unhealthy to worse as each drivers didn’t qualify inside the highest 10 on the group’s residence circuit for the primary time since 1984, with Sebastian Vettel not even making it out of Q1.

Hamilton flew round Monza’s 3.54 miles of asphalt in 164.267mph on the so-called Temple of Speed to eclipse Kimi Raikkonen’s one-lap document of 163.785mph, set by the previous world champion on his approach to pole at Monza two years in the past.

“Fantastic from the team today in terms of timing, when they put us out on the track,” Hamilton mentioned after clocking a greatest lap of 1 minute 18.887 seconds.

“It actually demanded a clear lap so I’m actually joyful.

“Valtteri was very, very close, pushing. I made some changes going into qualifying so I was a little bit nervous about whether that was the right thing to do but it worked just fine.”

Bottas and Hamilton exchanged observe data on their approach to securing one more Mercedes front-row lockout. McLaren driver Carlos Sainz — who strikes to Ferrari subsequent yr — was third, 0.808 behind the British driver and simply forward of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

It was a record-extending 94th pole for Hamilton and he’ll begin as favourite to win for a 90th time on Sunday, which might transfer him inside one victory of Michael Schumacher’s document.

Hamilton appears to be like on the right track to increase his championship lead, which stands at 47 factors from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen and 50 from Bottas.

Things went from horrible to abysmal for Ferrari. Charles Leclerc certified 13th and has little probability of repeating final yr when he received from pole place to finish the group’s nine-year await victory at Monza.

Vettel completed 17th after being hampered by site visitors on his remaining lap.

“What a mess,” Vettel mentioned on the group radio earlier than letting out an expletive.

Earlier, Bottas led third and remaining observe.

Bottas was 0.229 quicker than Sainz and 0.323 faster than Lando Norris after a powerful exhibiting from the McLaren pair.

The session was interrupted about 10 minutes from the tip after a mechanical downside with Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault, with the automobiles managing to come back out for a remaining flying lap.

Hamilton was fifth quickest however survived a fright on the finish, with the Mercedes driver swerving at velocity on the method to the Parabolica nook to keep away from two automobiles going slowly facet by facet.

No motion was taken by the stewards. AP



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