Lewis Hamilton takes Italian F1 GP pole while Ferrari reach historic low

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  • Mercedes’ world champion pips teammate Valtteri Bottas
  • Vettel 17th, Ferrari’s first outside top 15 at Monza since 1966

Lewis Hamilton took pole for the Italian Grand Prix with a qualifying lap at Monza for Mercedes that left the rest of the grid behind. Hamilton beat his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second, with the McLaren of Carlos Sainz equalling his best qualifying place of third. Any fears that Mercedes may be impaired by the ban on using qualifying engine modes that came in to effect at Monza were dismissed as they completed another dominant performance, maintaining their unbeaten run over the single lap this season.

Ferrari, who had expected to struggle here, had their worst fears realised. Sebastian Vettel went out in Q1 in 17th and will be the first Ferrari driver to start outside the top 15 at Monza since Giancarlo Baghetti started in 16th in 1966. Charles Leclerc was in 13th, a combined result worse than their standing at Spa last week. It is the first time since 1984 that Ferrari have not had a car in the top 10 in the Italian GP qualifying. Sergio Perez was fourth for Racing Point and Max Verstappen in fifth for Red Bull.

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Written by Giles Richards at Monza
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