Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the tone for the Italian GP, by taking the pole position at the Monza track as the Italian outfit locked out the first row.
In the first run of Q3, the Iceman was behind the provisional pole sitter Lewis Hamilton. In the second round, both drivers improved their time, but the Finnish driver clocked the best time.
Sebastian Vettel finished second in the timesheet, coming 0.161s slower than this teammate. Hamilton was the third fastest driver on the grid and was followed closely by Valtteri Bottas at fourth.
Max Verstappen came the fifth fastest in today’s final qualy as Haas driver Romain Grosjean became the first from the midfield.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz wasn’t far behind at seventh, continuing the duel for the best of the rest spot.
Force India driver Esteban Ocon’s best efforts got him the eight place on the grid. He was followed by Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly at ninth and Lance Stroll was a surprising 10th place holder. This is the first time Williams’ car got into Q3 in 2018.
The Ferraris taking the first row in their home race, added to the momentum they built in the last one makes the Italian Grand Prix as an interesting fight.
Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg both did a representative lap but did not take part in the shootout as they both will be starting from the back of the grid due to engine penalties.
Italian GP Qualifying Timesheet
|1) Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1:19.119|
|2) Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+0.161|
|3) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.175|
|4) Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+0.537|
|5) Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+1.496|
|6) Romain Grosjean||Haas||+1.817|
|7) Carlos Sainz||Renault||+1.922|
|8) Esteban Ocon||Force India||+1.980|
|9) Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||+2.231|
|10) Lance Stroll||Williams||+2.508|
|Knocked out in Q2|
|11) Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1:21.669|
|12) Sergey Sirotkin||Williams||1:21.732|
|13) Fernando Alonso||McLaren||1:22.568|
|14) Nico Hulkenberg*||Renault||No time set|
|15) Daniel Ricciardo*||Red Bull||No time set|
|Knocked out in Q1|
|16) Sergio Perez||Force India||1:21.888|
|17) Charles Leclerc||Sauber||1:21.889|
|18) Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:21.934|
|19) Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1:22.048|
|20) Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||1’22.085|