Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday from pole position in the Grand Prix of Tuscany. The six-time world champion was the fastest in qualifying on Saturday at the Mugello circuit. For the Mercedes driver it is his 95th pole in his career.
Mercedes dominated the practice sessions on the circuit that had never before been used for a grand prix in Formula 1. Max Verstappen was the only one on Friday and Saturday to threaten the Mercedes-duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, he nestled himself in second and third place.
However, the Dutchman of Red Bull did not make it in qualifying on Saturday. He had to give way to both Hamilton and Bottas. However, the differences were minimal.
The qualifying session on the circuit, which is usually used as a test track by Ferrari, started with a surprise. Pierre Gasly won last weeks Italian Grand Prix in a sensational way, but now went straight out in the first part of qualifying.
The driver of AlphaTauri was narrowly pushed from safe fifteenth place by Sebastian Vettel. The German driver is going through a disastrous season at Ferrari, but was successful fourth Saturday in Q2. He was 0.053 of a second faster than Gasly in his last qualifying run after moderate practice.
It was a stay of execution for Vettel. In Q2, the four-time world champion remained in fourteenth place. In the second session Lewis Hamilton was the fastest for the first time at Mugello: 1.15,309. Bottas and Verstappen followed at minimum distance.
In the decisive part of qualifying, Hamilton opened the ball with 1.15,144. Bottas followed with 0.059 seconds. Verstappen had to admit a little more: 1.15,546. The decisive run did not change the score, although the Dutchman did take some of his time: 1.15,509. Team mate Alex Albon drove nicely to fourth place, but gave in almost half a second on the Dutchman.
Charles Leclerc surprised on his way to the 1000th GP of his race stable Ferrari by claiming fifth place.