Hamilton Takes Pole For Tuscan GP After Ocon Spin Hampers Bottas

With very few heavy braking zones around the Mugello circuit, it’s likely we will see few overtakes in the race.

Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Tuscan Grand Prix despite not improving his lap time on his second run in Q3.

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the timing sheets of all three Free Practice sessions of the weekend, but his final run of Q3 was hampered due to Renault driver Esteban Ocon spinning in the first sector.

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This resulted in yellow flag conditions which prevented Bottas from improving his lap time.

After the session, Bottas said: “The yellow flag definitely hampered me. I had more to come but didn’t get the opportunity. It’s disappointing as I’ve been quick all weekend.

“It’s a long run down to Turn 1 tomorrow and the headwind could help me there [in the race].”

Hamilton wasn’t affected by the yellow flag as he had already gone through that part of the Mugello circuit.

The two Red Bull drivers – Max Verstappen and Alex Albon – will line up for the Tuscan Grand Prix in third and fourth position, respectively.

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc put in a great performance to drag his Ferrari SF1000 onto the third row of the grid, just ahead of Sergio Perez.

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The Mexican Racing Point driver outqualified his team-mate, Lance Stroll, by one position despite him not running with the upgraded aero package the team has been testing at Mugello.

However, Perez will start behind Stroll as he has to serve a one-place grid drop due to an incident in Free Practice 2.

Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon round out the top ten.

Sebastian Vettel will start the race down in 14th position, and Pierre Gasly, who won the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, will start towards the back of the field after failing to get out of Q1.

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