Ferrari’s Leclerc clinches pole position for Italian Grand Prix
Monaco's Formula One driver Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari during the third practice session at the Monza Autodrome in Monza, Italy, 07 September 2019. EFE-EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Monaco's Formula One driver Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari in action during the third practice session at the Monza Autodrome in Monza, Italy, 07 September 2019. EFE-EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Monaco's Formula One driver Charles Leclerc (C) of Scuderia Ferrari celebrates taking the pole position with second placed British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (L) of Mercedes AMG GP and third placed Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes AMG at the Monza Autodrome in Monza, Italy, 07 September 2019. EFE-EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Monza, Italy, Sep 7 (efe-epa).- Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured his second consecutive pole position in Formula One at the qualifiers for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old Monegasque, who won his maiden Grand Prix in Belgium last week, posted a time of 1 minute 19.307 seconds to mark his career’s fourth pole position after Bahrain and Austria.
“I'm happy with the pole," Leclerc said. "Let's hope for a good race tomorrow."
World champion and standings leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was 0.039s off the pace and will start Sunday's race alongside Leclerc on the front of the grid.
“I have to be grateful that I'm on the front row. We split the Ferraris, which as a team is a good position to be in,” Hamilton said.
The 34-year-old Briton heads into Monza circuit with a 65-point lead over his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, in the driver standings.
Bottas finished third, ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault respectively.
“Happy to be near the front. For sure I'm going to enjoy tomorrow,” Bottas pointed out.
Carlos Sainz of McLaren will take off from the seventh spot, with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez 17th.
The race will take place Sunday, marking the 90th anniversary of the occasion.
The top-5 drivers on the timesheet are as follows:
1. Charles Leclerc (Monaco / Ferrari) 1:19.307
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain / Mercedes) 1:19.346
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland / Mercedes) 1:19.354
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany / Ferrari) 1:19.457
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia / Renault) 1:19.839. EFE-EPA