Valtteri Bottas kicked the backboard at Monza

The Mercedes was the fastest in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

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Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was the fastest in the classification of the Italian Grand Prix de F1 and will start first in the sprint race on Saturday that will define the starting grid for the Sunday competition.

Confirming the forecasts that indicated better performance of the Mercedes On the fast Italian track, the Black Arrows were the big stars on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Photos: Steve Etherington.

The day began with mastering English Lewis Hamilton in the only free practice and continued hours later in the timed run that had the Nordic as the fastest ahead of his partner.

Bottas scored on his best lap 1:19.555 and was just 96/1000 ahead of Hamilton; while the dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) came in third place 411/1000 from the lead, something that clearly speaks of the better performance of the vehicles of the team run by Toto wolff.

Now Bottas and Hamilton must ratify the hegemony of today in the Saturday test of 100 kilometers that will definitively solve the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix. It is worth noting that the Finn, regardless of the result he achieved in the sprint, will start the GP last by penalizing for his fourth engine change.

Verstappen, meanwhile, will have a new opportunity to beat his rivals and defend the first place in the championship, which he captured after his victory in the GP of his country.

To highlight the work of McLaren, who put his two pilots in the Top 5 with English Lando Norris in fourth place and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo closing the lot.

The performance of the Italian also stood out Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo). He finished 10th at a time when he needs to revalidate his conditions to remain in the team in 2022 following the recent confirmation of Bottas to replace his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen (retires at the end of the year).

It could be said that it was an acceptable Friday for the Tifosi since the pilots of Ferrari they also participated in Q3 with Spanish Carlos Sainz seventh and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc eighth.

The activity will continue on Saturday with a second round of free tests and the sprint race, which will start at 11.30 in Argentina.


pos. No. pilot Q1 Q2 Q3 laps.
1 77 Bottas 1:20.685 1:20.032 1:19.555 18
2 44 Hamilton 1:20.543 1:19.936 1:19.651 18
3 33 Verstappen 1:21.035 1:20.229 1:19.966 19
4 4 Norris 1:20.916 1:20.059 1:19.989 21
5 3 Ricciardo 1:21.292 1:20.435 1:19.995 17
6 10 Gasly 1:21.440 1:20.556 1:20.260 16
7 55 Sainz 1:21.118 1:20.750 1:20.462 18
8 16 Leclerc 1:21.219 1:20.767 1:20.510 18
9 11 Pérez 1:21.308 1:20.882 1:20.611 20
10 99 Giovinazzi 1:21.197 1:20.726 1:20.808 16
11 5 Hag 1:21.394 1:20.913 14
12 18 Stroll 1:21.415 1:21.020 13
13 14 Alonso 1:21.487 1:21.069 11
14 31 Or with 1:21.500 1:21.103 12
15 63 Russell 1:21.890 1:21.392 16
16 6 Latifi 1:21.925 10
17 22 Tsunoda 1:21.973 9
18 47 Schumacher 1:22.248 8
19 88 Kubica 1:22.530 7
20 9 Mazepin 1:22.716 9

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