But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, Williams or Lotus may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.24.251 Nico Rosberg was second, Kimi Raikonen was third, Sergio Perez was fourth and Nico Hulkenberg was fifth. Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Will Stevens, Roberto Merhi and Max Verstappen.
During Q1, we saw on track that Marcus Ericsson kept Nico Hulkenberg behind him while Hulkenberg was on a flying lap during the final corner. Hulkenberg struggled to get by and Ericsson could be investigated by the stewards for impeding. While at the end of the session, Max Verstappen saw his engine cover come completely off his Toro Rosso and failing to make Q2 for the first time in his career.
In Q2, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.23.383 Vettel was second, Raikkonen was third, Rosberg was fourth and Massa was fifth. Bottas, Perez, Grosjean, Ericsson and Romain Hulkenberg managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q2, we lose Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo.
Within Q2, we did see Daniel Ricciardo who had to change his Renault engine just before qualifying, with the Red Bull team doing a sterling job to compete this in an hour and forty minutes; did complete one installation lap but did set a time and was eliminated from Q2.
The battle for Pole Position is on…
In Q3, Hamilton topped the timesheets and claimed Pole Position for the Italian Grand Prix with a stunning lap time of 1.23.397. This is now Hamilton’s seventh consecutive Pole Position in a row and his twelfth Pole of the season, this just shows just how much Hamilton is dominating at the moment.
Raikkonen outqualified his team mate at the last second to claim second place with a gap of 0.234 seconds behind Hamilton, while his team mate Vettel finished in third place 0.288 seconds behind the Mercedes of Hamilton.
Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg was a shocking fourth place 0.306 seconds behind Hamilton but was ahead of Massa in fifth place who was 0.543 seconds behind Hamilton, Bottas was sixth 0.730 seconds behind Hamilton, Perez was seventh 1.229 seconds behind Hamilton, Grosjean was eighth 1.657 seconds behind Hamilton, Hulkenberg was ninth 1.920 seconds behind Hamilton and Ericsson finished in tenth 2.817 seconds behind Hamilton.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Massa, Vettel, or even Bottas even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Hulkenberg, Perez, Grosjean and Ericsson could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Monza circuit on race day tomorrow