Leclerc will start up front Mercedes‘ George Russell after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.
A flurry of grid penalties for power unit and gearbox changes means the starting grid is very confused by the qualifying order, with almost half the field affected. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was second fastest in qualifying, ahead of second Ferrari of Carlos Sainzbut they both fall back on the grid due to penalties.
Italian Grand Prix grid: Leclerc on pole from Russell
What happened in Italian Grand Prix Q1?
Verstappen set the bar at 1m22.023s but was soon overtaken by the Ferraris of Sainz on 1m21.348s and then Leclerc on 1m21.280s. Russell also outpaced Verstappen, albeit half a second off the Ferrari pace.
Verstappen pushed again and took P1, on his fourth lap on these tyres, with a 1m20.922s to top the session by 0.358s.
Falling at the first hurdle was Nicholas Latifi (Williamswhich blew the Rettifilo chicane on its last stage), the Aston Martins of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Walkand the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen (who lost a lap good enough for P11 due to exceeding track limits) and Mick Schumacher (which also locked on Rettifilo on his final attempt).
Italian Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Leclerc
What happened in Italian Grand Prix Q2?
Verstappen set the early pace again, at 1m21.265s, but Sainz soon beat that with 1m20.878s as Leclerc straightened the Rettifilo chicane on his opening lap.
Leclerc went P2 on his second attempt, 0.33s down. Verstappen slipped back to third, 0.387s off the pace, just ahead of a teammate Sergio Perez.
Knocked out at this point were Stephen Ocon (Alpinewhich has a five-place grid penalty), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Nyck de Vries (in for Alex Albon at Williams, but he overcame the Roggia chicane on his new tyres), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) and Yuki Tsunoda (who didn’t run in his AlphaTauri because he goes to the very back of the grid).
Italian Grand Prix Q2 results: Sainz fastest from Leclerc
What happened in Italian Grand Prix Q3?
During the first runs, Sainz set the fastest time of 1m20.584s, 0.186s ahead of Leclerc’s 1m20.770s, with Verstappen a further tenth back in third on 1m20.859s. Perez led the rest but was more than three quarters off the pace.
During the final runs, Leclerc took pole with 1m20.161s, 0.145s faster than Verstappen’s 1m20.906s, with Sainz third fastest on 1m20.429s. Pérez was fourth fastest, ahead of the Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell.
Sainz will start from the back of the grid, where he will line up in 18th ahead of Hamilton and Tsunoda.
Verstappen has a five-place penalty, and Perez has a 10-place penalty, so Russell will start from the front row on Sunday. The McLarens will form a second row, in front of Gasly and Alonso.
Verstappen will start seventh, alongside debutant de Vries.