Welcome back and good day to all North American F1 Fans and enthusiasts around the world! As always it was a large gathering of Ferrari fans and an Italian festival atmosphere with sing-alongs at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.
Ferrari, celebrating seventy-five years as a company, dominated yesterday in FP1 and FP2 but today it was a different level of pace for the Red Bulls as they placed on top of the timesheet.
Max Verstappen finished first with a time of 1:21.252, followed by Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in 2nd with a time of +0.3474s. In 3rd was Perez of Red Bull Racing with a time of +0.596s. Rounding the top 5 was Sainz of Ferrari finishing in 4th with a time of +.0645s and in 5th, Alonso of Alpine with a time of +1.054s.
Our qualifying lap was good and all in all, I am pretty happy with the weekend so far. Ready for tomorrow’s challenge to make our way forward during the race @redbullracing ?#KeepPushing #ItalianGP pic.twitter.com/yUHs0Y9XPO
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) September 10, 2022
Qualifying is broken down into Q1, Q2 & Q3 and it progresses to the “P1” pole position!
On the grid, we saw Schumacher, Magnussen, Vettel, Latifi and Stroll eliminated in Q1. Drivers Ocon, Bottas, De Vries, Zhou and Tsunoda were eliminated in Q2. In Q3, Ferrari saved their best flying laps for last to take P1 on the grid for Race Day Sunday.
Rounding up the top five for the race we have Leclerc taking P1 (1:20.161), Verstappen takes P2 (+0.145) Sainz takes P3 (+0.268), Perez takes P4 (+1.045) and Hamilton takes P5 (+1.363).
Grid penalties set the stage for the race on Sunday. Nine drivers will take on grid penalties for exceeding engine and gearbox components replacements. Hamilton, Sainz and Tsunoda are at the back of the grid.
Magnussen, Bottas and Schumacher will take on a fifteen place grid penalty. Verstappen and Ocon, take a five grid penalty and Perez a 10 grid penalty. This sets the stage for a fast and theatre-like race come Race Day Sunday. Anything can happen. Look out for those fast overtakes and tow down the straights.
Lookout for Red Bull Racing Team to go five straight wins in a row and a sweep of Europe!
I cannot wait for this Temple of Speed race to get underway tomorrow!
Quote of the Day!
“Yes, I mean, we’ve elected to take this penalty here on the advice of our engine partner and five places here isn’t too draconian, so to have that extra engine added into our pool for the remaining seven races, we just thought strategically it’s the right thing to be doing.” Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing
On Day 3, September 11th, 2022, Race Day Sunday the race starts at 9:00 a.m., coverage starts at 7:45 a.m.