Good morning F1 fans
Charles Leclerc sent the Tifosi wild as Ferrari took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix.
Leclerc set the quickest lap of the day ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen.
The Monegasque star, who won here from pole in 2019, was unstoppable and needs to take full advantage of his P1 start with Verstappen facing a five-place grid drop for taking a new engine.
Leclerc said: “It is amazing. It was not an easy qualifying session and I knew there was potential in the car but I knew I needed to put everything together in Q3 and I was happy to do it.
“I really hope we can do what we did in 2019. I just went for it and it worked out.”
Meanwhile, Verstappen is set to start in fourth place – once all the penalties have been applied – and is confident of working through the field.
At the Belgian Grand Prix the Dutchman started in 14th due to similar penalties but still managed to win the race.
Verstappen added: “It was close but we chose to go for a little more downforce and for one lap it is not the best but for tomorrow in the race I hope we will be strong.
“It will be an interesting battle tomorrow. I will try to stay out of trouble at the beginning and try to work my way forward.”
The penalties mean that George Russell will line up in second place and Lando Norris will start in third.
However, Sir Lewis Hamilton will start way down in 19th due to more penalties himself, as Leclerc becomes the only person to start the race where he qualified.