Hamilton starting Italian GP from 19th place as mixed-up grid finally confirmed

Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix from 19th place on Sunday after a mixed-up grid was confirmed.

The seven-time world champion accepted an engine penalty after taking a fourth power unit for the season. It means that he has suffered a huge grid drop after crashing in the Belgian GP two weeks ago.

A Mercedes spokesperson said: "We will be fitting PU number four for this weekend for Lewis. This is because although we are still working on the recovery plan for PU number three that was damaged in Spa, that unit cannot be run this weekend.

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"This will come with associated grid penalties as it's in excess of the allocation for the season."

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc took pole position to give Ferrari a major chance of a podium finish in their native land Italy. The Frenchman set the quickest lap, beating Max Verstappen while it comes amid confusion over where drivers would start.

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."

1. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’20.161

Ferrari F1-75\u0009

2. (63) George Russell 1’21.542

Mercedes W13

3. (4) Lando Norris 1’21.584

McLaren-Mercedes MCL36\u0009

4. (3) Daniel Ricciardo 1’21.925

McLaren-Mercedes MCL36

5. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’22.648

AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03\u0009

6. (14) Fernando Alonso No time

Alpine-Renault A522

7. (1) Max Verstappen 1’20.306

Red Bull RB18\u0009

8. (45) Nyck de Vries 1’22.471

Williams-Mercedes FW44

9. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’22.577

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42\u0009

10. (6) Nicholas Latifi 1’22.587

Williams-Mercedes FW44

11. (5) Sebastian Vettel 1’22.636

Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22\u0009

12. (18) Lance Stroll 1’22.748

Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22

13. (11) Sergio Perez 1’21.206

Red Bull RB18\u0009

14. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’22.130

Alpine-Renault A522

15. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’22.235

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42\u0009

16. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’22.908

Haas-Ferrari VF-22

17. (47) Mick Schumacher 1’23.005

Haas-Ferrari VF-22\u0009

18. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’20.429

Ferrari F1-75

19. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’21.524

Mercedes W13\u0009

20. (22) Yuki Tsunoda No time

AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03


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