Carlos Sainz erupted the legion of tifosi who always, regardless of the results, turn the Monza circuit red, one of the temples of speed that still appear on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar. On his weekend strongest to date, the Spanish driver managed to beat Max Verstappen by just 13 thousandths, nothing, thanks to a practically anthological second sector. This is the Madrid native’s fourth pole position, the first of the season for him and the third for Ferrari. Despite being only a time trial, Sainz’s performance and the third place that Charles Leclerc, his neighbor in the Scuderia workshop, will occupy at the time of the start (3:00 p.m., Dazn), will raise the morale of the troops from Maranello, half groggy like most fans of the roller that Verstappen and his Red Bull pass through grand prix after grand prix. Fernando Alonso, this time, will start tenth in a final round in which he had no choice.
While waiting for the reaction of the current champion and the red buffalo team, the 67 thousandths that separated the first three are an argument powerful enough to think about getting on the podium. Aiming for victory, with Mad Max so close and the Dutchman’s performance in the long lap runs, is another story. It will be necessary to see if the speed of the SF-23 on a straight line can handle the aerodynamic load of the RB19 on a track where this element is not as decisive as on others. Until the time comes when the traffic lights go out, the fans will be able to salivate over the three-way brawl in the last round (Q3), an exchange of blows that, at times, gave pole position to the three who were playing for it. . Each of them grew in one of the three sectors of Monza, and the balance fell on Sainz’s side because he nailed it in the second. The uncertainty lasted longer than necessary due to the will of the stewards, who for a moment put the two Prancing Horse cars under the magnifying glass, although the thing was only a scare.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) reported the maximum time that drivers could take to complete the laps out and back to the workshops, and also to recharge the batteries. After analyzing the turns of Sainz and Leclerc during Q1, the stewards concluded that both exceeded that limit. However, this obligation contemplated some exceptions, such as the one that exonerated those who had run slower than necessary for moving away and making way for rivals who arrived on a fast lap. Although the FIA announced an investigation that was going to be carried out once Q3 was over, the body later voided it, considering the arguments put forward by Ferrari to be logical.
“Tell me we have it!”, the son of the two-time world rally champion (1990 and 1992) said over the radio, as soon as he finished the turn that will allow him to leave without traffic and with a free track ahead. “We have it, good job,” responded Riccardo Adami, his track engineer. “It has been a very intense qualifying, especially in Q3. The three of us went for it, but I knew I had some margin and luckily it turned out well,” added the rider, who will seek to repeat the triumph that Leclerc achieved in 2019, the last of the Italian structure in its particular cathedral. “Since I crossed the finish line I have had goosebumps. In the hotel, wherever we go. The first objective is the podium, but we are going for that victory,” continued Sainz, who will hardly find himself in a more favorable situation to try to break the inertia of Red Bull, which has not stopped winning since the last stop on the calendar. from the last year.
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