Monegasque Charles Leclerc sent Ferrari fans into a frenzy when he claimed pole position for the Italian Formula 1 GP, setting the fastest time during qualifying practice at the Monza circuit this Saturday.
This Sunday’s 10am (GMT) race marks the 100th anniversary of the Monza circuit and also marks Ferrari’s 75th anniversary as a sports car manufacturer. Consequently, the team dressed the drivers in yellow overalls, their original competition colour, in addition to using yellow detailing on the car.
In addition to the achievement, Leclerc also delighted the fans by speaking in Italian during a post-training interview. “It’s great to be here and win in front of everyone, I hope we can continue like this in the race,” said Leclerc.
The Monaco-born driver clocked 1min 20sec 161 in his final attempt as the practice time was over, leaving him behind team-mate Carlos Sainz, who had previously led the times.
The Spaniard finished third in practice with a time of 1min 20sec 429, but he will still start last as he was penalized for changing electronic components beyond the limit allowed by Formula 1 regulations and will have to start there from the back row.
“It’s a shame because it would have been great to start alongside Charles and enjoy this weather,” lamented Sainz, who also lost second place to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the final attempt.
The season leader set the second fastest time of 1min20s306 but was also penalized for car changes. he lost five positions and will start seventh. At the Belgian GP two weeks ago, Verstappen also started 13th due to penalties and easily won the race.
Mexico’s Sergio Perez of Red Bull was fourth, followed by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who should also serve a penalty, and George Russell, who should be second from the opening minutes, benefiting from the penalty of his rivals. before