While Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz posted the fastest practice lap on Friday, it is teammate Charles Leclerc who might have established himself as the favorite to take the pole position for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Qualifying for the race is set for Saturday morning, U.S. time. While Sainz outpaced driver standings leader Max Verstappen by 0.143 seconds on Friday, both drivers are facing grid penalties for exceeding their allotment of certain replacement parts for their respective cars. Six drivers have been penalized, including four that were among the best seven in practice on Friday. Besides Sainz and Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, are also heading to the back of the grid.
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The race is on one of the oldest racing-specific courses in the world, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (or the Monza Circuit). Built in 1922, the Grand Prix layout was modified in 2000 and is a 3.6-mile asphalt course with 11 turns. Nicknamed “The Temple of Speed,” Monza is a venue known for wide-open racing and lots of open throttles.
Verstappen, the defending Formula 1 champion, started on the pole last year before McLaren-Mercedes driver Daniel Ricciardo earned his eighth career F1 victory. Verstappen and Hamilton, in a tight battle for the season title, crashed on lap 26 with both cars knocked out of the race.
Leclerc is tied with Pérez in the driver standings. Each is 109 points behind Verstappen. Leclerc won two of the first three races this season to climb to the top of the chart but has just one victory since.
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