The starting grid finally confirmed for the Italian Grand Prix after a long wait

Charles Leclerc thumbs up on the grid. Monza, September 2022. Credit: PA Images

After hours of waiting for grid penalties to be applied, the starting grid for the Italian Grand Prix has finally been confirmed.

As expected, penalties for Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton promoted George Russell to the top spot behind poleman Charles Leclerc.

Lando Norris will now start third, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo alongside him in fourth, after Verstappen’s five-place penalty dropped him to seventh.

After qualifying 10th, Fernando Alonso will move up to P6 alongside Pierre Gasly on the third row, and on his first Formula 1 weekend, Nyck de Vries will start P8 for Williams.

In total, nine of the 20 drivers entered the weekend with penalties over their heads, with Sainz, Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda all falling to the back of the grid – lining up in the order of qualifying the most high to low.

Leclerc will start on pole on merit on Sunday, but the grid has changed a lot around him. There had been a long period of confusion over how grid slots were calculated, before the FIA ​​confirmed the grid almost four hours after qualifying ended.

Provisional starting grid

1Charles LeclercFerrari
2 George Russell, Mercedes
3Lando Norris, McLaren
4 Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
5 Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
6 Fernando Alonso, Alpine
7 Max Verstappen, Red Bull
8 Nyck de Vries, Williams
9 Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
10 Nicholas Latifi, Williams
11Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
12Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
13 Sergio Perez, Red Bull
14 Esteban Ocon, Alpine
15Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
16 Kevin Magnussen, Haas
17 Mick Schumacher, Haas
18 Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
19Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
20 Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

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