Results of qualifying Grand Prix of Italy-2021, Formula 1 – Auto

At 19:00 Moscow time, the Formula 1 qualification began at the Monza circuit. She will determine the starting order of the sprint qualification for the Italian Grand Prix.

1st segment (18 minutes)

Monza is sunny and dry enough. Taking into account the weather conditions, the outsiders will not have much of a chance to break into the second segment. Although this is “Monza” – here you can play a lot of time, if you take advantage of the situation and catch a slip stream on the straight. And the teams understand this. In the past, at the Italian stage, situations have already arisen when a real traffic jam formed at the last corner and not all participants eventually managed to make the last fast lap.

The main favorite here and now seems to be Lewis Hamilton – the Mercedes pilot in the first practice brought all his rivals 0.5 seconds – this is a very serious advantage. Let’s see how Red Bull responds.

The riders did not sit in the pits – with the start of the session, several cars drove onto the track, and the best time after the first fastest lap in this group was shown by the Ferrari pilot Carlos Sainz. But that’s 2 seconds slower than Hamilton this morning.

At the same time, Leclerc had some problems with the car – Charles complained about the work of the car when braking by the engine. The team told Monegasque to return to the pits. Norris has the best time with 12 minutes left – and it still lags far behind Lewis’ morning. We are waiting for the teams to roll in and the leaders show the battle time.

After the first attempts, the best time for two Mercedes – Hamilton ahead of Bottas by 0.25 seconds, and the rest brought at least 0.7. There is a suspicion that there will be no intrigue. Max Verstappen is 9th so far – the Red Bull driver was spoiled by a fast lap by slow cars. A little later, Max managed to drive a normal circle and show the third time.

At the end of the session, real chaos reigned on the track – again a queue at the last corner before leaving for a fast lap. As a result, the following were among the losers: Cunoda, Latifi, Schumacher, Kubica and Mazepin… Russell was eliminated, but then Tsunoda’s lap time was canceled for exceeding the track boundaries!

2nd segment (15 minutes)

The huge advantage of “Mercedes” in speed was converted into confident leadership of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas over their pursuers: “Silver Arrows” took the first lines of the protocol already in the first attempt and at the same time were ahead of the competition by a significant 0.4 seconds.

Before the second attempt on the pit lane, an accident almost happened: the mechanics of “Aston Martin” made a mistake with the release of their cars, as a result, Sebastian Vettel almost crashed into a passing Lewis Hamilton.

In the final seconds of the segment, both Aston Martin cars did not stay in the top 10 (Vettel apologized to the team for the mistake), as did the Alpin drivers, and George Russell took 15th place at Williams.

Max Verstappen managed to add, but never caught up with the Mercedes. Worse for the Dutchman, he was overtaken by Lando Norris, who confirmed McLaren’s good form at Monza. The biggest surprise came from Antonio Giovinazzi, who burst into seventh place.

Circuit Monza, Monza

September 10, 2021


Top 10

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

3. Lando Norris (McLaren)

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

5. Daniel Riccardo (McLaren)

6. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)

7. Antonio Giovinci (“Alfa Romeo”)

8. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

9. Charles Leclair (Ferrari)

10. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

Retired after second segment:

11. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

13. Fernando Alonso (Alpin)

14. Esteban Ocon (“Alpin”)

15. George Russell (Williams)

Retired after the first segment:

16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

17. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

18. Mick Schumacher (“Haas”)

19. Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo)

20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)

The qualification consists of three segments. After the first and second, 5 pilots with the worst results will finish the fight, in the final part of the session the ten best participants will compete for the pole position.

The qualification will determine the starting grid for the sprint, and the starting order for the Grand Prix will be formed based on the results of the first ever sprint qualification in F1 history – a Saturday mini-race with a duration of 100 kilometers.

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