The Finn relegates his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to second place. “Congratulations to Valtteri, that was a mega round,” praised Hamilton. Bottas says: “I’m happy about this round, especially because I should give slipstream.”
World Championship leader Max Verstappen in the Red Bull follows in third place. “We knew that it would be difficult for us on this track,” admits Verstappen. “But I’m really happy with third place. Tomorrow we have to see that we get faster in the long run. ” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, however, is satisfied. “We got the best out of it. The Mercedes engine is stronger here. It’s good that Bottas is ahead – Hamilton starts on the dirty side. “
Bad news, however, for Bottas: The Mercedes wingman has swapped all drive components and will be transferred to the end of the field after the sprint race. There are strategic reasons for this, the world championship team announced.
Vettel: “I was maybe a bit too conservative on my lap, I just didn’t want to overshoot the mark. It is a shame that it is not enough. Still, it’s a good starting position. “
Strong performance by Mick Schumacher in the Haas-Ferrari: The German beats both Robert Kubica in the Alfa Romeo and his team-mate Nikita Mazepin and ends up in 18th place. The Russian is half a second behind. Schumacher increased to 12: 2 in the team’s internal qualifying duel.
Background: There is already a lot going on in the first qualifying section. Various drivers have to break off their fast laps again and again due to traffic jams. In addition to Mazepin, Kubica and Schumacher, Tsunoda and Latifi are also eliminated.
Formula 1 Grand Prix of Italy
1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes 1: 19.555 min.
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +0.096 sec.
3. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +0.411
4. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +0.434
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +0.440
6. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +0.705
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +0.907
8. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +0.955
9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +1.056
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo +1.253
11. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 1: 20.913
12. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1: 21.020
13. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 1: 21.069
14. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 1: 21.103
15. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams 1: 21,392
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1: 21.925
17. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri 1: 21.973
18. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas 1: 22,248
19. Robert Kubica (Poland) – Alfa Romeo 1: 22.530
20. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas 1: 22,716