F1 Italian Grand Prix Qualifying Results: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes to latest front row sweep – autoweek.com

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Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas will start 1-2 at Monza; Ferrari struggles on home turf.
Ok, we get it. The Mercedes Formula 1 team is good at qualifying in 2020.
Lewis Hamilton was at it again on Saturday in Monza, racing to the F1 Italian Grand Prix pole and topping teammate Valterri Bottas by .069 second as Mercedes scored its latest front-row lockout. The 1-2 qualifying for Mercedes gave the team both spots on the front row for the seventh consecutive race.
Hamilton’s pole was his fifth in seven races this season and seventh in seven races for Mercedes. Bottas won the pole at both the season-opening race at Austria and at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.
For Hamilton, the 94th career pole extended his all-time F1 record in that category. It was also his 68th career pole with Mercedes. That’s as many poles as Michael Schumacher, who is second on the all-time poles list, had in his entire career.
Carlos Sainz, who is leaving McLaren at the end of the season to go to what is now a extremely struggling Ferrari team, qualified third, and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez qualified fourth.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, currently second in the F1 championship, qualified fifth alongside McLaren’s Lando Norris.
There was no home field advantage for Ferrari, which failed to qualify a driver in the top 10 for the first time at Monza since 1984. Sebastian Vettel got caught up in traffic on his last qualifying attempt and had to pull into the pits and had to settl for 17th. Teammate Charles Leclerc did make it out of Q1, but did not fare much better as he qualified 13th.
Ferrari finished out of the points last week and is in jeopardy of that happening again in Italy.
“We knew that Spa and here would be problems,” Leclerc said. “It’s tough because you do a good lap and get P13. It doesn’t feel good. It’s reality at the moment for us, unfortunately.
“I hope from next race onwards, we’ll see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Traffic was a problem throughout, especially in the first two qualifying sessions, as drivers played a waiting game in the garages in hopes of filing out behind a car that could afford a tow during the flying lap.
“Everybody wants the slip stream,” Williams’ George Russell said. “Nobody wants to leave.”
Traffic didn’t seem to bother Mercedes.
“Fantastic performance from the team today, just in terms of timing and when they put us out on track,” Hamilton said. “It wasn’t the easiest, you saw how close it was between us all and it really demanded a clean lap and I think I got that on both. I’m generally very happy with the laps I did.
“Valtteri was very, very close, pushing. I made some big changes going into qualifying so I was a little bit nervous going in that it was the right thing to do, but it worked just fine.”
F1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza
Qualifying Results


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