A time of 1:19.555 was enough for Valtteri Bottas to secure pole position for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix sprint race on Saturday, just pipping Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton who starts in second place. 

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Max Verstappen was able to get his Red Bull into third, though he was just ahead of the two McLaren drivers – Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo – on the grid. 

Elsewhere, Ferrari endured a tough time at Monza, as an engine issue saw Charles Leclerc only manage an eighth place grid slot, while his teammate Carlos Sainz finished one place ahead. Both were behind the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly

Italian GP 2021 – Sprint race starting grid

Pos.DriverTeamQ3 Lap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:19.555
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.096
3Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.411
4Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.434
5Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.440
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.705
7Carlos SainzFerrari+0.907
8Charles LeclercFerrari+0.955
9Sergio PerezRed Bull+1.056
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1.253
11Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated in Q2
12Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated in Q2
13Fernando AlonsoAlpineEliminated in Q2
14Esteban OconAlpineEliminated in Q2
15George RussellWilliamsEliminated in Q2
16Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated in Q1
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriEliminated in Q1
18Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q1
19Robert KubicaAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
20Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated in Q1