Charles Leclerc takes Italian Grand Prix pole position in farcical scenes

And welcome to our coverage for qualifying for the 2019 Italian Grand Prix. The biggest question this weekend is if Ferrari can follow up their win in Belgium last weekend – their first of the season – with their first win at Monza for a while. It’d be their first win in nearly a decade, the last Ferrari Italian GP win was Fernando Alonso in 2010. It has been quite some wait.

Now, though, they have the best straight-line speed and if you were to design a car to do well around this track, it might look quite similar to the Ferrari. Indeed, they have been the quickest in all three practice sessions so far, although the first two were disrupted by rain. 

Mercedes, as ever, do not seem to be too far behind and could well be in the mix here. It’s not always easy to nail the perfect lap here, so the gap may be closer than expected before we came here this weekend. Still, final practice was not that encouraging for them, however, with Max Verstappen‘s Red Bull splitting Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. 

There was an horrifying moment in the FIA F3 earlier in the morning when Alex Peroni was launched high into the air, and into the barriers. The driver when over a “sausage” kerb at the final Parabolica corner, which appeared to malfunction and break on impact. For the terrifying footage, see below.