During the third free practice in Monza it started to become clear that this qualifying would be different. This was true up to the point when Red Bull Racing, which was following the two Mercedes, fell into oblivion and was replaced by one the McLaren racers.
During the last free practice before the qualifying the orange team scared everybody, since due to Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris they managed to land in the Top 3. While preparing for timing everybody was considering the impact of the missing Party Mode and the beneficiaries of the new situation.
Q1 was full of events: Leaving the track, wind shade and the battle between Esteban Ocon and Kimi Raikkönnen (Haas vs. Williams), Antonio Giovinazzi, and to our less surprise, Sebastian Vettel said goodbye to further attempts.
The Q2 occurred as expected, the two Mercedes racers were almost flying, Lewis Hamilton was running for the first position, thereby being closely followed by Valtteri Bottas. In the meantime Ferrari, Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkönen suffered disqualification. The top racer of the middle section did not give up, Pierre Gasly managed to get in the Q3 with his Alpha Tauri.
In the last lap Hamilton was strongly racing before Bottas, however it is most likely that at this point nobody focused on the pole position anymore. The new record setting and six time World Champion fought serious battles with his Finnish colleague, and Monza surely was not a disappointment. Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez (Racing Point) provided for reasons of nervousness for tomorrow: The former landed on the third position, whereas Perez is closely behind him, on the fourth position. The battle for the podium between two goes on. Max Verstappen was unable to perform any miracles this time, the Dutch racer conquered the fifth position.
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