Hamilton claims Italian GP pole with record lap

MONZA: Lewis Hamilton asserted post position with another lap record at Monza for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas taking second in Saturday fitting the bill for another Mercedes first line lock-out.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz posted the third quickest time and is joined on the second column by Sergio Perez for Racing Point.

The meeting demonstrated ano­ther lowering experience for Ferrari with Sebas­tian Vettel going out in Q1 and Charles Leclerc, who succeeded at the circuit a year ago, in Q2.

This implies no Ferrari inside the main 10 at Monza just because since 1984.

The title head and six-time champion checked a quickest lap in one moment and 18.887 seconds to beat the Finn by 0.069 seconds. In unadulterated speed, Hami­lton’s track lap record execution created an unverified quickest lap in F1 history.

It was Hamilton’s record-expanding 94th profession post position, his 6th in seven races and his seventh in Italy.

Hamilton says, “It wasn’t too bad.”

“It was a fantastic performance from the team — in terms of timing, when they put us out on the track,” said Hamilton, referring to Mercedes’ avoidance of the jostling mass of cars seeking a slip-streaming tow from each other. “It was not the easiest as you saw how close it is between us all so it demanded a really clean lap — and I felt I got that, so I am very happy.”

Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull, Lando Norris qualified 6th in the second McLaren in front of Daniel Ricciardo of Renault, Lance Stroll in the subsequent Racing Point, Alex Albon in the subsequent Red Bull and Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri.

Bottas likewise broke the history twice and stated: “It was truly close as I anticipated. I don’t know about the tow — I didn’t have any until the end and I sort of felt the advantage, however then on the last lap I was all alone once more.

“It was a good place to be, but obviously we didn’t get any gains in a straight line.”

Sainz also added: “I was a bit nervy, but I needed a final strong corner so I risked the lot and went for it.”

This was Hamilton’s 68th pole as a Mercedes driver in the first qualifying following the banning of engine ‘party modes’.

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