The Williams duo of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi were the first to venture out for Mugello’s first ever Formula One’s qualifying session. After their first flying laps, where Latifi – provisionally – out qualified Russell by 0.1s, the track started to get busy as the rest of the field drove out, steadily, to complete their flying laps.
But, it wasn’t long before both Williams drivers started to plummet down the grid as the Mercedes duo, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, topped the timing boards with laps inside the one minute 15’s.
Despite a tap into the gravel, Russell managed to keep control of his Williams as he flew out of the exit on Savelli (T7), to maintain his 100% record on out-qualifying his teammate. Fortunately, for Ferrari’s 1000th grand prix, Sebastian Vettel managed to join his teammate, Charles Leclerc, to get both Prancing Horses out of the Q1 – but only by five hundredths of a second.
16. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
18. George Russell (Williams)
19. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
20. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Eager to get out and complete their first timed lap of Q2, the Mercedes duo were the first to venture out to the Mugello Circuit. Surprisingly, the brackley drivers decided to run out on the soft compound tyres, on a track where it seems the drivers will only get a single lap of good life from their tyres.
Vettel failed to secure a place inside the top 10 shoot-out for Ferrari’s momentous 1000th race tomorrow. While his teammate, Leclerc, managed to secure P8 as we went into Q3.
However, Daniil Kvyat, Alpha Tauri, made a slight mistake on his final run as he went into the gravel, at turn 7. This jeopardised the Russians run and snuffed out Kvyats hope to see a chance inside the final third of the qualifying session.
11. Lando Norris (McLaren)
12. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri)
13. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
14. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
15. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
Lance Stroll, Racing Point, was one of the first drivers out to fight over the first-ever pole position in Mugello as he was followed out by Carlos Sainz, McLaren and Hamilton. However, it was Sainz who was the first driver to cross the timing line to start his first pole-challenging lap as he put in a lap time of 1:17.870 on used soft tyres.
Unsurprisingly, it was the Mercedes duo who topped the timing boards as Hamilton just squeezed over the one minute, 15 second mark to take provisional pole with a blistering lap time of 1:15.144. However, Bottas was only 0.059 seconds behind the six-time world champion.
In the dying embers of the inaugural qualifying session at Tuscany, Esteban Ocon lost control of the rear of his car which sent his car flying across the gravel, in the first sector, and this brought out the double yellow flags. The Renault’s car had hindered Bottas’ final run as he slowed down to pass the Frenchman, who looked likely to take pole position this weekend. However, due to Hamilton’s blistering first lap in Q3, the six-time world champion managed to secure the first-ever pole in Mugello.