Italian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc on pole with Max Verstappen starting seventh after penalty


harles Leclerc will start the Italian Grand Prix on pole after a brilliant final qualifying lap at Monza.

A number of grid penalties imposed on other drivers meant Leclerc looked almost certain to take pole regardless of his performance in Q3, but he was still the quickest by more than a tenth to score a benchmark ahead of Sunday’s race.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was second quickest but will start seventh after his five-place grid penalty, meaning George Russell, sixth in qualifying, starts on the front row alongside Leclerc.

Indeed, Sainz and Hamilton will both start from the back of the grid, Perez, fourth in qualifying, receiving a ten-place penalty.

The McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo took full advantage of this and will start the race on the second row third and fourth respectively.

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