As expected, a qualifying sprint will determine the starting grid for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 12, like last weekend in Great Britain.
Monza like Silverstone! Formula 1 leaders confirmed on Thursday that qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix (which will take place on September 12) will run the same way as qualifying for the British Grand Prix last weekend, which had rather pleased the pilots, that is to say in the form of a qualifying sprint. Concretely, a first free practice session will take place on Friday 10 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., then a qualifying session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the form of Q1, Q2 and Q3, which will determine the starting grid for the sprint qualification. The second free practice session will take place on Saturday between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., before the 100-kilometer sprint qualifier from 4.30 p.m., which will determine the starting grid for the Grand Prix. With the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit measuring 5.793 kilometers, 18 laps should be completed during the sprint qualifying (against 53 during the race). A third Grand Prix will take place in this form by the end of the season, but it is not yet clear which one.
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Three Grands Prix from here Monza
Between now and the Italian Grand Prix, three other Grands Prix will take place with classic qualifications: in Hungary the 1is August, in Belgium on August 29 and in the Netherlands on September 5. At Monza, Pierre Gasly will try to repeat his incredible feat of 2020, where he managed to win on his AlphaTauri, thus putting France at 24 years of famine. But the two champions of the championship, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) have a good chance of fighting once again for pole position. Then, in the race, anything will be possible …