Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Italian Grand Prix after a thrilling qualifying session at the Monza circuit. The British driver, who is aiming to extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship, put in a stunning lap to claim the top spot on the grid.
Hamilton’s main rival, Max Verstappen, had to settle for second place, just 0.036 seconds behind the Mercedes driver. Verstappen will be hoping to close the gap in the race and challenge Hamilton for victory on Sunday.
In third place was Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes. Bottas was just over a tenth of a second slower than Hamilton, but he will still be a strong contender for a podium finish.
Ferrari had a disappointing qualifying session on their home turf. Charles Leclerc, who had shown impressive pace in practice, could only manage fourth place. His teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. also struggled and will start the race from seventh on the grid.
McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his strong form with a fifth-place finish in qualifying. The young British driver has been consistently performing well this season and will be looking to secure another solid result in the race.
Sergio Perez, in the second Red Bull, qualified in sixth place, while Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri will start from eighth. Esteban Ocon of Alpine and Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo completed the top ten.
The Italian Grand Prix is always a special race on the calendar, with its rich history and passionate fans. The fast and flowing Monza circuit provides plenty of overtaking opportunities, which should make for an exciting race on Sunday.
Hamilton will be aiming to extend his championship lead and secure another victory, but Verstappen will be determined to close the gap and keep the pressure on. With the midfield battle also heating up, there is sure to be plenty of action throughout the field.
The race is set to start at 15:00 local time on Sunday, and fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see who comes out on top in this iconic event.