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Ferrari are within the hunt for pole place at their residence occasion as Carlos Sainz topped closing apply on the Italian GP from Max Verstappen; watch qualifying from 3pm, with build-up from 2:10pm and lights out on Sunday at 2pm – reside on Sky Sports activities F1

By Nigel Chiu at Monza

Final Up to date: 02/09/23 12:47pm

Carlos Sainz underlined Ferrari’s standing as pole-position contenders on the Italian Grand Prix by topping closing apply at Monza.

Sainz was 0.086s forward of championship chief Max Verstappen and over half a second away from Lewis Hamilton, suggesting will probably be a Ferrari versus Crimson Bull struggle in qualifying afterward Saturday at 3pm – reside on Sky Sports activities F1.

Charles Leclerc, who has been second-best to Ferrari team-mate Sainz all weekend, was fourth however set his greatest lap time on a second flying lap, after initially going huge on the second Lesmo (Flip 7) within the qualifying simulations.

A lot of the prime drivers took to the monitor on used softs within the first a part of apply, which noticed Verstappen main a Crimson Bull one-two.

However, the important thing runs got here within the closing 20 minutes and Sainz set the quickest time of the occasion up to now with a 1:20.912. Nevertheless, the Spaniard was given a black-and-white flag for impeding Oscar Piastri at Flip 2 through the session.

Max Verstappen is searching for a record-breaking tenth consecutive F1 win this Sunday

Sergio Perez missed the qualifying simulations as a result of an oil leak, which might show expensive in keeping with Sky Sports activities F1’s Nico Rosberg.

“That is going to be an enormous setback for Sergio as a result of it is so essential this apply for qualifying now on the finish of FP3 and his quickest lap is now 1.2 seconds off the place it might be with that automotive, so it is going to be so tough for him to search out the rhythm for qualifying,” mentioned Rosberg.

“Particularly, as we solely go on softs on the finish of qualifying (as a result of Different Tyre Allocation guidelines), so it is going to be fairly a problem for him.”

Extra to observe…

Sky Sports activities F1’s reside Italian GP schedule

Saturday 2 September
1.10pm: F2 Dash Race
2.10pm: Italian GP Qualifying build-up
3pm: Italian GP Qualifying
4.45pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book

Sunday 3 September
7.10am: F3 Function Race
8.15am: F2 Function Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Italian GP build-up
4pm: Chequered Flag: Italian GP response
5pm: Ted’s Pocket book

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