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.
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.
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