Hamilton goes back to work

He made the fastest lap in Mugello history and will start from pole at the Tuscan GP ahead of Bottas and Verstappen. Sainz, ninth with the McLaren.


They will have to call the fighter planes, the Eurofighters to reduce the time of the fastest lap that has been given on Mugello if F1 does not return. The unofficial record, 1: 15.115, and the pole of the Tuscan GP was awarded to Hamilton (the officials register in the race) with a Mercedes made to fly in the chicanes at the bottom of this fantastic circuit. He beat his teammate, Bottas, by 59 thousandths, and punished him with one of those blows that land where it hurts the most: the Finn was faster in all the training sessions of the weekend, but qualification went to the world champion. At times, he seems to be playing with his rivals. If there is any.

For a moment it seemed that Verstappen would fight for pole position. He was close to the Mercedes, or not as far as in the rest of the rankings this season. From the usual eight tenths it went to three, two or even one in Q2. The abolition of the famous party mode has cut the huge advantage of the usual, but it still exists. Also, as the decisive laps approach, both Hamilton and Bottas find tenths that until then, no one knew were there. The Dutchman will start third, finally three tenths behind Lewis. At least he taught rhythm to annoy in the race and perhaps he can risk with a less conventional strategy. Fourth was Albon, at the height of his car although half a second behind Max. And fifth, a brilliant Charles Leclerc who took advantage of a circumstance in the decisive phase: an Ocon spin with a yellow flag blocked the attempts of almost all the pilots (among them, the last of Bottas) and the Monegasque, who was in front, he planted his Ferrari on the third row to bring joy to the 3,000 tifosi in the stands. Checo Pérez beat Stroll with a worse aerodynamic package, although the Canadian was affected by the Renault accident.

Little McLaren in Mugello

Carlos Sainz fulfilled the material he had but the result is not positive, he will start ninth. McLaren clearly took a step back at Mugello and the MCL35 is nothing like the podium car that dazzled a week ago at Monza. The Madrilenian entered Q3, you could not ask for much more seen what you saw until you reach the classification. He made his good lap on used wheels and did not improve on the key attempt because the Ocon incident was encountered. In any case, a certain air of disappointment around the Woking garage and a poisoned prize for the top-10, because the race will start with the soft tire when, behind, those who did not pass, such as Norris or Kvyat, will be able to choose a more favorable compound .

The reality is that there was equality and a few tenths changed the summary of the day. Excluding the usual two and the third, the only one capable of getting close, in Q1 half a second differentiated the fifth classified from the first eliminated, which was Pierre Gasly with the same car that won the last race of the World Championship. Even Vettel was surprised to have made the initial cut with the Ferrari, or so he broadcast on the radio. He will start 14th, behind Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo. Good performance from the Finn, this one, with very few resources on the same circuit where 20 years ago he completed his first test behind the wheel of a Formula 1.

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