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Carlos Sainz Takes Pole for Ferrari at Monza

Carlos Sainz, after being fastest in FP2 and FP3 earlier in the weekend, has followed that up with a popular pole at the Monza Circuit.

It’s the Spaniard’s first pole of the season, and a great start to a weekend in which he is on the hunt for his first podium of 2023.

Max Verstappen came just 13 thousandths of a second short of beating Sainz for the pole. Verstappen remains the favorite for tomorrow due to his Red Bull’s superior race pace as he goes for a Formula 1 record 10 straight victories.

Charles Leclerc will start third in the other Ferrari.

This was the second weekend this season that Formula 1 used the Alternate Tire Allocation rules, which are designed for each team to use two less dry tire compounds in a weekend. This requires each team to use one specific set for each round of qualifying.

Q3

As per the ATA guidelines, only a single set of soft compound tires were used by each team in the round.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
1.SainzSpainFerrariFerrari
2.VerstappenNetherlandsRed BullHonda RBPT
3.LeclercMonacoFerrariFerrari
4.George RussellGreat BritainMercedesMercedes
5.Sergio PerezMexicoRed BullHonda RBPT
6.Alex AlbonThailandWilliamsMercedes
7.Oscar PiastriAustraliaMcLarenMercedes
8.Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedesMercedes
9.Lando NorrisGreat BritainMcLarenMercedes
10.Fernando AlonsoSpainAston Martin AramcoMercedes

Q2

As per the ATA guidelines, only a single set of medium compound tires were used by each team in the round.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
11.Yuki TsunodaJapanAlphaTauriHonda RBPT
12.Liam LawsonNew ZealandAlphaTauriHonda RBPT
13.Nico HulkenburgGermanyHaasFerrari
14.Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa RomeoFerrari
15.Logan SargeantUnited StatesWilliamsMercedes

Q1

As per the ATA guidelines, only a single set of hard compound tires were used by each team in the round.

The only incident in this session was Esteban Ocon going slightly off track into the sand coming out of turn 10, almost hitting Norris. Ocon was able to continue but his lap time was deleted, leading to him being among those eliminated in this round.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
16.Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa RomeoFerrari
17.Pierre GaslyFranceAlpineRenault
18.OconFranceAlpineRenault
19.Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaasFerrari
20.Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin AramcoMercedes

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About the author

Michael has watched NASCAR for 20 years and regularly covered the sport from 2013-2021. He moved on to Formula 1, IndyCar, and SRX coverage for the site, while still putting a toe in the water from time-to-time back into the NASCAR pool.

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