user icon
user icon

Qualifying: Leclerc grabs fourth pole after Q3 shambles

  • Published on 07 Sep 2019 16:01
  • comments 9
  • By: Coilin Higgins

It will be the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc that will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix in pole position after a storming lap left him just three hundredths ahead of Lewis Hamilton who will start alongside on the front row, after a silly fumble between the drivers as they dueled for a tow during the final runs.

The two Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo were showing good pace in Q1, but the session was red-flagged with four minutes to go as Sergio Perez pulled over with yet another issue in qualifying. The session restarted, but Max Verstappen then suffered a power loss with a minute to go.

Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris all went into the session with grid penalties, meaning that they will face a start at the back of the grid regardless of their qualifying positions.

Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow's race in third and fourth, while Ricciardo and Hulkenberg will line up on the grid behind in fifth and sixth.

Kimi Raikkonen's brief off-track excursion at the first lesmo brought out a brief yellow flag during Q2, while Lewis Hamilton managed to split the two Ferrari's on the first run.

With two minutes to go all the cars spilled out for a fast lap, with Leclerc almost coming to blows with Daniil Kvyat coming through the Curva Grande. Hamilton finished the second session fastest, the first time all weekend Mercedes managed to top a session.

The two Mercedes decided to pull over into the pit lane during the start of Q3, allowing everybody else past as drivers tripped over each other trying to get the best tow from each other for the fastest lap. Raikkonen suffered an early Q3 exit after another spin at Parabolica left him in the barriers.

There were bizarre scenes as no driver yielded coming around for their second runs as everybody desperately tried to earn a tow that saw only  Leclerc and Carlos Sainz manage to reach the line in time, meaning that Leclerc grabbed his fourth pole position of the year

Sainz and Alex Albon will line up seventh and eighth, while Lance Stroll starts ninth, his first Q3 appearance of the year. Despite his accident in Q3, Kimi Raikkonen will start tenth.

IT Monza - 07 September 2019

Replies (9)

Login to reply
  • f1dave

    Posts: 732

    Waiting for penalties.

    • + 0
    • Sep 7 2019 - 16:25
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 236

    Too clever for their own good. Feels like a joke. For such a highly technical sport they clearly sometimes make stupidest of decisions.
    Ferrari had more to lose with Vettel in fourth position they should have gone out earlier. I mean seriously this is a waste of opportunity and to an extent a waste of money of the people in grandstands who were waiting for a final showdown. It made for a great debacle and drama for me as I didn't have to pay hefty amount to go and watch the session from the grandstands but for the people there it was.
    I guess everyone thought of getting a double or triple slipstream and ended up getting neither.

    • + 0
    • Sep 7 2019 - 16:37
  • Manto02

    Posts: 55

    This is embarrassing, who paid for the ticket doesn't deserve this

    • + 0
    • Sep 7 2019 - 16:57
    • Fully agree. I get they all want the best possible qualifying, but this shows how goofy it is when they all run the same strategy.

      • + 0
      • Sep 7 2019 - 17:41
    • Not generally a fan of penalties but this seems like an area where they could use a rule or two.

      • + 0
      • Sep 8 2019 - 06:48
  • Dert38

    Posts: 185

    Who is this man with Charles wtf you post there??? What a mess!

    • + 0
    • Sep 7 2019 - 22:35
    • I think that's his father. It looks like the guy they showed on tv that is his dad.

      • + 0
      • Sep 8 2019 - 08:29
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    No penalties will be given to Ferrari being on pole. There always seems to be some controversy around Ferrari results. Can't see Ferrari winning this one though.

    • + 0
    • Sep 8 2019 - 07:25
    • No but the front 3 were going so slow that nobody got to the line. LeClerc should have jumped ahead and let Vettel follow but he knew if he didn't get to the line in time he was guaranteed pole.

      • + 0
      • Sep 8 2019 - 08:28

CA Grand Prix of Canada

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    17:00 - 18:30

    Free practice 3

    17:00 - 18:00

    Race

    20:10 - 22:10

  • Free practice 2

    21:00 - 22:30

    Qualifying

    20:00 - 21:00

    Fastest lap

     

CA Grand Prix of Canada

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    17:00 - 18:30

    Free practice 2

    21:00 - 22:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    17:00 - 18:00

    Qualifying

    20:00 - 21:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    20:10 - 22:10

    Fastest lap

    20:10 - 22:10

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Do you think countries hit by the coronavirus should cancel their 2020 F1 race?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar