Formula 1

Leclerc takes pole position for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix with Russell to join him on front row

Charles Leclerc took pole position in qualifying for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, both of whom will drop down the order once grid penalties are applied, as George Russell jumps up to the front row.

Leclerc’s time of 1m 20.161s put him on pole by 0.145s over Red Bull’s Verstappen, while Sainz was 0.268s off his team mate in P3. Verstappen has a five-place penalty, however, while Sainz will drop to 18th. While Sergio Perez qualified fourth for Red Bull, he will drop 10 places – with fifth-place qualifier Lewis Hamilton to drop to the back row alongside Yuki Tsunoda.

Therefore, Russell will start second despite qualifying sixth. McLaren’s Lando Norris qualified seventh to guarantee a second-row start, while Daniel Ricciardo is set to be promoted after qualifying eighth. Fernando Alonso did not set a time for Alpine in Q3, but will be promoted behind AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.


As Alfa Romeo’s Bottas snuck out of Q1, Nicholas Latifi managed a pre-penalty promotion 16th ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, with Vettel’s team mate Lance Stroll taking 18th in Q1. The Haas drivers rounded out the qualifying results, with Kevin Magnussen 19th and Mick Schumacher 20th – that pair to start 16th and 17th as Sainz, Hamilton and Tsunoda drop to the back of the grid.

Will Leclerc win the 2022 Italian Grand Prix from pole position, or will we witness a recovery drive from one of the nine penalised drivers at Monza? The race is set to begin at 1500 local time on Sunday, with live coverage and breaking news on

Grid penalties for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen 5 places
Esteban Ocon 5 places
Sergio Perez 10 places
Mick Schumacher 15 places
Valtteri Bottas 15 places
Kevin Magnussen 15 places
Carlos Sainz Back-of-grid
Lewis Hamilton Back-of-grid
Yuki Tsunoda Back-of-grid

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