It is going to be all red everything tomorrow, as Kimi Raikkonen makes history in Monza, reclaiming pole position for Ferrari after Fernando Alonso last did it in 2010. The Finn pipped teammate Sebastian Vettel to the fastest lap in F1 history, edging out Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who did not make it to the front row.
Lewis Hamilton set a new track record with a mighty 1’19’’380, enough to blindside both Ferraris. The Briton bolted to provisional pole to be 0.069s quicker than Raikkonen, whereas Vettel was over a tenth down the top. But come the second attempt, Kimi Raikkonen prevailed owing to a beautifully put lap characterised by a brilliant third sector, and set the fastest lap in F1 history: 1'19''119. Sebastian Vettel had to settle for 2nd, but his reaction via team radio seemed rather unhappy.
Lewis Hamilton will start from 3rd tomorrow, next to his teammate Bottas. Max Verstappen and top midfielder Romain Grosjean will feature the third row, ahead of a colorful and varied midfield combination. Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon finished respectively 7th and 8th, with Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll rounding up the top 10.
Sebastian Vettel’s unstoppable dominance went on, although Lewis Hamilton reduced the gap to the German down to 0.169s. Kimi Raikkonen finished in 3rd, half a second ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. Romain Grosjean emerged as the best of the rest, but was clearly outshined by Lance Stroll’s impressive P8.
Eliminated in Q2: Kevin Magnussen, Sergey Sirotkin, Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo
Sebastian Vettel topped Q1, expressing Ferrari’s full potential on dry asphalt despite the 80% chance of rain detected at the beginning of the session. The German was 0.180s clear of Kimi Raikkonen, who managed to edge out Lewis Hamilton in 3rd.
Sergio Perez was caught by surprise by the midfield’s last-minute improvements. The Mexican did not go for a second attempt and stayed in the garage, while the pack kept lowering and polishing their laptimes. Leclerc did not make it to Q2 either, as well as his teammate Ericsson in P19. The Monegasque lamented via radio Sauber’s lack of competitiveness today and seemed utterly shocked to have failed to advance to the second eliminatory.
Both Williams drivers surprisingly qualified to Q2, as Sirotkin closed in P11 and Stroll in P13. Fernando Alonso managed to stay in the fight owing to a strong draft game with teammate Vandoorne, but when it came to returning the favour, the Belgian did not succeed and was eliminated.
Eliminated in Q1: Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Brendon Hartley, Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne.