F1 leader Verstappen on pole for Italian Grand Prix

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives during the sprint session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza. — AFP
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives during the sprint session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza. — AFP

Monza (Italy) - Verstappen also claimed two championship points to extend his lead on Lewis Hamilton to five



By AFP

Published: Sat 11 Sep 2021, 7:34 PM

Max Verstappen will start the Formula One Italian Grand Prix on pole despite finishing second in Saturday’s qualifying sprint.

Valtteri Bottas won the 18-lap race at Monza ahead of Verstappen but was already condemned to start Sunday’s GP at the back of the grid after being penalised for taking on power unit components in qualifying on Friday.

Red Bull’s Verstappen also claimed two championship points to extend his lead on Lewis Hamilton to five after the reigning champion finished fifth, some 20 seconds off the pace.


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