He only needs five to reach a hundred.

Lewis Hamilton

can do it this season, because nobody like him has mastered the art of poles.

Not even

Valtteri Bottas

, faster in two of the three free sessions, dared to argue with him at the moment of truth in Mugello.

59 thousandths of advantage (1: 15.144) to prolong Mercedes' extraordinary streak.

This year, the Silver Arrows have yet to miss a pole position to the competition.

Carlos Sainz

will start from the ninth place

, who did not even expect to reach Q3, but who made his McLaren grow compared to the previous hours.

A yellow flag, for an exit from the track by

Esteban Ocon

, frustrated the last attempt by Bottas, who could not squeeze the engine of the W11.

So wait your turn at San Donato, Mugello's first and slowest corner.

Max Verstappen


Alexander Albon

will look for the tickle from behind, while

Charles Leclerc

, fifth, will carry a ray of hope for the



His last attempt in Q3 had extraordinary merit.

You have to drive very carefully on this old-school circuit, where any mistakes in its dizzying curves pay off with the gravel.

There is no forgiveness, as the Monegasque could see in Correntaio on Friday.

There is also no excess space on the narrow and exciting Arrabbiatas, which delight riders and demand the most from the tires.

This weekend, the downgrade looks similar to Silverstone, where a wave of punctures turned everything upside down.

The roughness of the road, with a long resurfaced section, will further complicate the situation for Pirelli, which has carried its hardest component.

Gasly out in Q1

The soft tires get so hot, with which the first 10 will start on Sunday, that there are those who take extreme pampering so that they reach the last sector in condition.

Verstappen, just 17 thousandths from the lead in the morning session, knows very well the importance of tire management.

Mercedes suffers when their shoes rise in temperature, so they should not lose sight of Mad Max.

Most likely, the race, with hardly any options for overtaking, is an imitation of the Monaco GP.

Instead, this Saturday there were plenty of reasons to enjoy the show.

The equality in the middle of the grid gave a nice resolution of Q1.

At McLaren, with many problems to find a suitable configuration, it was suffered by

Lando Norris

, saved in extremis.

At Ferrari,

Sebastian Vettel

avoided another blush by just 50 thousandths.


Pierre Gasly

, only six days after playing the glory at Monza, was left out and with a bad face.

Albon's best sensations

By morning, Verstappen had come within just 17 thousandths of Hamilton's fastest time.

The good omens at Red Bull were rounded off thanks to Albon, the protagonist of a noticeable improvement.

The Austrian team, like a month ago at the 70th Anniversary GP, warned that it can compete with Mercedes.

Sainz's last attempt (1: 16.522) in Q2 was enough to stick his nose in 10th place.

To the limit.

And taking Norris ahead, who can at least play the free tire choice card.

Q3 was already too high a bar for Vettel, penultimate and half a second slower than Leclerc, eighth.

Nor could Sainz progress, with

Despite the red flag forecasts, there were only three track starts to regret, with no consequences for

Daniil Kvyat


George Russell

and Ocon.

We still don't know how the Williams driver was able to keep the car on the track, with three wheels on the Savelli gravel, at almost 230 km / h.

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