The six-time world champion beat Bottas by just 59 thousandths, who had been the fastest in training. The Dutch Verstappen will start third in the Grand Prix of Tuscany.
As is customary in these races, the British Lewis Hamilton achieved this Saturday the best time in the qualifying tests for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Tuscany and on Sunday the ninth round of the season will start from the top of the grid. the most important category of world motorsport.
Although the Finn Valtteri Bottas, aboard his Mercedes, had dominated both training sessions on Friday and also on Saturday, at the time of the steaks he had to resign himself again to the superiority of Hamilton, his teammate.
On his best lap at the 5,793-meter long Mugello track, the six-time world champion stopped the clock at 1: 15.144 and beat Bottas by just 59 thousandths, who again had to settle for escorting his partner.
“The track is phenomenal, it is a really challenging circuit. Valtteri was faster than me yesterday all day, this morning and in Q1. But I finally got the lap I needed, ”said Hamilton, who achieved his seventh pole of the year and the 95th of his career.
Instead, Bottas was extremely distressed, as in his last attempt at a fast lap he was hurt by the appearance of yellow flags in the first sector of the circuit due to a departure from the track by Frenchman Esteban Ocon. “I was going to have more time there, (the yellow flags) were very disappointing because I was faster all weekend,” lamented the Finn.
The second row of the starting grid will be occupied by the two Red Bull riders: the Dutchman Max Verstappen will start third and Alexander Albon from Thailand will start fourth. “I never really expected to fight them (the Mercedes drivers) in qualifying, but overall the weekend has been promising, we have recovered well from Monza,” Verstappen said.
Fifth place went to the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, who thus gave at least a little joy at home to the Ferrari team, which is going through a difficult season. The top 10 places were completed by Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point), Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Spaniard Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Ocon (Renault).
Further behind were the British Lando Norris (McLaren), the Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), on another poor day for the quadruple world champion.
Another major disappointment was that of Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who last week was left with a chaotic Italian Grand Prix at Monza and thus achieved his first victory in the category. This Saturday, the AlphaTauri rider could not even pass Q1 and on Sunday he will start 16th.
Behind Gasly will start the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), the British George Russell (Williams), the Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and the Danish Kevin Magnussen (Haas).
The Tuscan Grand Prix, which will span 59 laps of the Ferrari-owned circuit and which for the first time will host a Formula 1 race, will start on Sunday at 10.10 and will be broadcast on ESPN.