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2019 Italy GP (Monza): Mercedes Formula One F1 Qualifying Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Sep 07, 2019 - 08:39 PM
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2019 Italy GP (Monza): Mercedes Formula One F1 Qualifying Recap


Lewis and Valtteri take P2 and P3 on the grid at Monza
Lewis missed out on a seventh Italian GP pole by just 0.039s to Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in a dramatic end to Q3
Valtteri was third quickest, missing out on a spot on the front row by a mere 0.008s
Both drivers set their Q2 best times on the Soft tyre and will start tomorrow's race on that compound
Driver
Chassis No.
FP3
Q1
Q2
Q3
Lewis Hamilton
F1 W10 EQ
Power+/04
P6
4 Laps
1:20.272
P4
Soft
6 Laps
1:19.464
P1
Soft,
Soft
6 Laps
1:19.346
P2
Soft,
Soft
Valtteri Bottas
F1 W10 EQ
Power+/03
P3
5 Laps
1:20.156
P3
Soft
6 Laps
1:20.018
P5
Soft
Soft
6 Laps
1:19.354
P3
Soft
Soft


Lewis Hamilton
We didn't get pole but at the end of the day, Ferrari were always going to be strong here and Charles did a great job today. I was unfortunate with Kimi spinning off right in front of me, so I had to lift at the last corner on my first lap. The end of Q3 was a bit of an anti-climax; we couldn't all go out and do that final lap, which is usually one of the most exciting parts of a race weekend. There was more time in the car, so it's disappointing that we didn't get to properly thrash that out on the final lap and see who had that little edge today. It's great to be able to get on the front row and separate the Ferraris.
Together we've got a good chance as a team to get that Ferrari, but let's see tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas
I think I was quite unlucky today with the yellow flag at the final corner on my first lap. Kimi went off and I had to lift. Even with that lap I was pretty close to Charles and Lewis, so it could have been an even better day for me. Then the final run was a bit of a mess for everyone. We just ran out of the time at the end of Q3. I got stuck in traffic and then it was too late to get to the line for a second quick lap. It's a shame, we all would have liked to get that lap in and I'm sure everyone wanted to see that too; hopefully we can learn from this. But in general, the pace was good and I'm pleased with my performance today. I'm happy to be right behind the front row; we all know that it's tomorrow that counts and you've always got a good chance starting in the top three here. Our race pace seemed good yesterday, so hopefully we can take the fight to the Ferraris tomorrow.

Toto Wolff
It was a bizarre end to qualifying today; we were all trying to get the slipstream out there and that waiting game in the end just made everyone in Formula 1 look silly. Nevertheless, starting P2 and P3 in Monza and splitting the Ferraris is not a bad situation at all so we are very much looking forward to the race tomorrow. This position is something we would have taken coming here, but we are all racers and of course we will aim for more on Sunday. We are in a good position, we have a good car, not the fastest on the straights, but there are options. We'll make sure we are ready for tomorrow and I know we're all looking forward to getting out there and scoring some solid points.

Andrew Shovlin
We hoped we'd be in the fight for pole today but it's always frustrating when you miss out by such a small margin. However, we have seen recently that race pace often wins out overall and I think we have done a good job of setting up the car to work well on a long run. The morning was fairly straight-forward, our programme was compressed a bit with the delayed start, but we had a good session with both cars and got a good read on the balance ahead of qualifying. Qualifying was pretty straight-forward until the last run; no one wants to be the lead car, so everyone left it pretty late to leave the garages and ultimately almost no one managed to get a second lap in. We're determined to make Ferrari work hard tomorrow and hopefully we can prevent them getting into a position where they control the race. So long as we can put them under pressure, we can start to open up some real opportunity with the strategy and the first stint will tell us whether we have the pace to do that.

 


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