Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s inaugural Tuscan Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit from pole position, narrowly beating Mercedes-AMG teammate Valtteri Bottas to top spot.

Hamilton’s time of 1:15.144 – posted on his first Q3 run – ultimately proved good enough to claim his 95th pole in Formula 1.  Bottas was less than six-hundredths of a second adrift at the end of his first timed run and after being the quickest driver in all three practice sessions, the Finn regrouped in his attempts to deny the Englishman.

Hamilton failed to go quicker on his second run, leaving it all to play for Bottas, but his hopes of improving were dashed by Renault’s Esteban Ocon who had a wild spin at the exit of Turn 3 and brought out the yellow flags.  Bottas was just behind the Frenchman and had to back off, much to his obvious frustration.

The two Red Bull Racing Hondas of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – the latter equalling his best qualifying performance – locked out the second row of the grid, while Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari some reason to celebrate at its 1000th Grand Prix outing by qualifying a surprise fifth-fastest.

Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 - 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc qualified a surprise fifth-fastest at Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix hit-out.

Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez opted for only one run in Q3, with a clear track helping the Mexican to sixth-fastest ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.  The two will swap places on the grid, however, as Pérez will serve a one-place grid penalty for colliding with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen in FP2 on Friday.

Daniel Ricciardo was eighth-fastest in his Renault, while teammate Ocon’s spin left him the slowest of the Q3 runners having not set a time.  The pair was split by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr; the Spaniard having snuck into the top-ten shootout with a late Q2 effort at the expense of teammate Lando Norris who was unable to make a Q3 session for the first time since last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

It was a frustrating qualifying session for the AlphaTauri squad less than a week on from Pierre Gasly’s shock win at Monza.  The Frenchman failed to get out of Q1 – his worst qualifying performance of 2020 – while teammate Daniil Kvyat threw away a shot at getting into Q3 with a wild trip through the gravel at Savelli on his final flying lap in Q2.

Kimi Räikkönen qualified his Alfa Romeo thirteenth-fastest with the similarly Ferrari-powered Haas of Romain Grosjean in fifteenth; the pair sandwiched the works Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who had another low-key qualifying session and was nearly knocked out during Q1.

Räikkönen’s teammate Antonio Giovinazzi once again found himself eliminated at the first hurdle and will start from P17 behind Gasly.

George Russell maintained his 100% qualifying record against a teammate, narrowly pipping Nicholas Latifi to P18.  The Englishman’s final Q1 lap saw him run wide at Savelli, but he kept his foot in and managed to better his earlier time to beat his Canadian teammate.

Kevin Magnussen was slowest in his Haas Ferrari.


FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO DELLA TOSCANA FERRARI 1000 2020 – QUALIFYING
Q3 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:15.144
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11 1:15.203 + 0.059
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16 1:15.509 + 0.365
4. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing RB16 1:15.954 + 0.810
5. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:16.270 + 1.126
6. Sergio Pérez Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:16.311 + 1.167
7. Lance Stroll Racing Point Logo 2020 Racing Point F1 Team RP20 1:16.356 + 1.212
8. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 1:16.543 + 1.399
9. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:17.870 + 2.726
10. Esteban Ocon Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Renault Logo 2020 no time
Q2 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap*
11. Lando Norris McLaren Logo 2020 McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault Logo 2020 1:16.640 + 1.331
12. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:16.854 + 1.545
13. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:16.854 + 1.545
14. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:16.858 + 1.549
15. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:17.254 + 1.945
Q1 Qualifiers Team / Entry Time Gap**
16. Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlfaTauri Logo 2020 Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01 1:17.125 + 1.376
17. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Logo 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:17.220 + 1.471
18. George Russell Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:17.232 + 1.483
19. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing Logo 2020 Williams Racing FW43 1:17.320 + 1.571
20. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team Logo 2020 Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari Logo 2020 1:17.348 + 1.599

* Denotes gap to fastest Q2 lap time of 1:15.309 set by Lewis Hamilton
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* Denotes gap to fastest Q1 lap time of 1:15.749 set by Valtteri Bottas


Post-Qualifying Penalties:

  • Pérez penalised one grid place for causing a collision with Räikkönen during FP2.

Images via Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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