Mercedes once again lead with a 1-2 (color us surprised )
Lando Norris, who suffered from power unit issues for most of the practice session, took the F1 community by the storm by coming 3rd on soft tires
Hamilton: 5th fastest
In a stunning turn of events in FP3, we did NOT see a Mercedes 1-2, but a McLaren 2-3, with Sainz and Norris right behind Bottas.
Ricciardo was forced to pull over at the side of the track due to a suspected fuel pump failure, but still managed to finish 4th (more importantly, faster than Hamilton!!!)
As expected, we once again have a Mercedes 1-2 on today’s starting grid.
Sainz, Perez, and Verstappen will be starting 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
Leclerc and Vettel will be starting 13th and 17th, making it Scuderia Ferrari’s worst qualifying performance at a home race for over 35 years!
Vettel becomes the first retirement of the 2020 Monza GP as his brake line explodes on the 7th lap.
The brake failure caused him to smash through the polystyrene barrier at Turn 1.
Better luck next time, legend
Charles Leclerc becomes the second retirement of the race as he crashes into the tire barrier at the Parabolica on the 24th lap.
The session has been stopped due to the severity of the crash.
Thankfully, Leclerc has come out of it safe and relatively unharmed.
The pit lane was declared closed due to Magnussen’s position at the beginning of the pit lane due to an issue with his car.
Hamilton and Giovinazzi will be facing a 10 second stop-go time penalty for pitting regardless of the yellow flag. The penalty will be served when the race resumes at 16:20 CET
Magnussen is the third retirement of the race due to car failure during the 21st lap.
The drama of this race makes up for the dry one last weekend at Spa
Pierre Gasly won the 2020 Monza GP, followed by Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll in 2nd and 3rd place respectively, giving them all their first 2020 podium!
Sainz missed his shot at first place by a mere 0.415 seconds, and as a McLaren fan, I’ve got to say that one stung.
In other news, the Italians got a home win not from Ferrari, but from Alpha Tauri
The icing on Pierre Gasly’s cake is that he is the first French driver to win an F1 race since 1996
What a day for Pierre Gasly! A stunning race! Glad to see some new faces on the podium. F1 needs more of this unpredictability to make these races more exciting.
It had been 146 consecutive races, 2,730 days, since F1 last saw a non Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull winner.
Speaking of Ferrari, what a disappointing performance for the team at their home race.
Both cars crashed in the duration of the race and had to be retired. While no one expected Ferrari to get any points anyway, it was heartbreaking to see Vettel and Leclerc’s efforts being wasted because of mechanical and strategic issues.
Rumors of Vettel joining Aston Martin next year are rapidly spreading, and I could not be happier for him. Unfortunately, Leclerc is contractually obligated to stay at Ferrari for the next couple of years.
Carlos Sainz might be riding off the high of coming 2nd today, his highest ever finish, but the thought of driving for Ferrari next year is bound to put a damper on his mood.
We can only hope that Ferrari gets its act together by next year, both management and mechanical, and returns to its former glory.