Valtteri Bottas will start the second sprint race in Formula 1 history on Saturday from pole position.

The Finn trumped his Mercedes leader Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Friday, who himself starts second.

Max Verstappen kept the damage limited in the Red Bull and seized third place on the grid.

After the British Grand Prix, Formula 1 is experimenting for the second time at Monza with an extra sprint race on Saturday.

The result of this race, which is run over a third of the distance of a normal Grand Prix, forms the starting grid for Sunday's feature race.

Behind the top three, McLaren's Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo took fourth and fifth place respectively.

Pierre Gasly was sixth in his AlphaTauri.

Behind it are the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen's teammate Sergio Pérez did not get further than ninth on the grid.

Behind it Antonio Giovinazzi took the tenth fastest time.

It is the second race in a row that the Italian has qualified in the top ten with the Alfa Romeo, a car that normally mainly stays in the rear.

Vettel faces possible penalty.

Both Aston Martin and Alpine drivers failed to qualify for the top ten.

Sebastian Vettel was eleventh, followed by his teammate Lance Stroll in twelfth place.

Vettel is still facing a possible penalty, because his team let the German drive out of the pit box while Hamilton was just approaching.



Fernando Alonso leads the Alpine duo from thirteenth place, with Esteban Ocon in fourteenth.

George Russell took 15th on the grid, having previously made it to Q2 after a lap time was taken from Yuki Tsunoda.

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