F1 Italian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton to start on pole after qualifying, Bottas in second – latest updates

LEWIS HAMILTON will start from pole at the Italian Grand Prix after topping qualifying in Monza.

The Brit star is targeting a sixth race win of the season as he continues his bid for another F1 drivers' championship title.

Follow for all the latest ahead of the race in Monza below…

  • BRIT OF ALRIGHT

    Sixth pole of the season for Lew.

    What a driver he is – we're lucky to have him as a British star.

  • HAMILTON TAKES POLE

    He has done enough. Bottas has to settle for second place.

    Carlos Sainz is in third, Perez is in fourth.

    Verstappen will start in fifth while his Red Bull teammate, Albon is down in ninth.

  • HAMILTON BREAKS THE TRACK RECORD AGAIN.

    He is on provisional pole, then Bottas.

    Carlos Sainz takes third but is a WHOPPING 0.808 seconds behind Hamilton's time.

  • SIX MINUTES TO GO

    Hamilton leads Bottas and then 0.6 seconds back is Perez's Racing Point.

    Then Verstappen, then Sainz and Norris.

    Ricciardo in P7 and Gasly in 8th.

    Stroll and then Albon make up the top 10 as it stands.

  • Q3 IS GO

    Mercedes aside, who can reach the second row on the grid?

  • TIMES FROM Q1 AND Q2

  • BOTTAS SETS A NEW TRACK RECORD

    The Finn beats Hamilton's lap time to set a new record for Monza. A time of 1:18.952

  • LECLERC IS OUT

    The Ferrari man qualifies in 13th and it is another early bath for the Ferrari duo.

    “It is the best I can do”, he says over the team radio.

    Also out are Magnussen, Raikkonen, Ocon, and Kvyat.

  • FINAL THREE MINUTES OF Q2

    And the track is busy again. More carnage on the way.

    Mercedes also opting to run, despite looking easily through into the Q3.

    Raikkonen, Magnussen and Leclerc all in danger of being given the boot.

  • A NEW RECORD FOR THE TEMPLE OF SPEED

  • Q2 IS GO

    More chaos expected in this session too as the drivers fight to reach the top 10.

    Could be a busy few minutes at the end of the session.

    Interestingly, they are all on the soft tyre.

  • GEORGE RUSSELL ALSO UNHAPPY WITH HIS WILLIAMS TEAM

    The Brit also got caught in that traffic.

    Russell: “Fxxx me guys, what on earth are we playing out? Guys come on, come on, we need to be the ones capitalising on these f*** ups, not the ones in the f*** up!”

  • VETTEL IS NOT HAPPY – THAT WAS CHAOS

    Vettel: “What a mess. Why did the Alfas have to overtake everybody and cause *****?!”

  • VETTEL IS OUT

    The Ferrari man qualifies down in 17th place. Another shocker for the German.

    Latifi, Russell, Giovinazzi, Grosjean are also out.

  • FRANTIC LAST LAP

    Lots of near misses, proper heart in the mouth stuff.

    Incredible, if a little silly.

  • VETTEL FANS LOOK AWAY NOW

  • ENGINE MODES?

    Remember that the FIA have stopped Mercedes from using a special engine mode to crank up the power for qualifying?

    Well, that's not working out all that great…as expected I might add.

    Hamilton leads Bottas…and then Perez is HALF A SECOND BACK.

    Mercedes also on the slower medium tyres.

    Ridiculous.

  • BACK MARKERS OUT EARLY

    Hass, Alfa Romeo, Williams and Ferrari (cough) are out on track looking to take advantage of the empty track.

  • QUALIFYING IS GO

    Let's see if the Ferrari's can make it out of Q1.

    They *should* do, as they have not looked as bad as they did in Spa, but you never know.

    Usual candidates, Williams, Haas and Alfa Romeo likely to be in the drop zone.

  • LESS THAN 10 MINUTES UNTIL QUALIFYING

    And it is going to be a crazy one.

    Expect plenty of backing up as drivers fight for track position – looking to capitalise on slipstream from the car in front, otherwise known as getting the tow.

    As the car in front punches a hole in the air, the car behind is able to achieve a higher speed.

  • LESS THAN IDEAL PREPARATION FOR QUALIFYING

    The stewards are speaking to eight drivers that almost caused a serious crash in FP3

  • P3 SUMMARY

    Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes on top of the timesheets in final practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, with Renault-powered rivals suddenly showing a turn of speed ahead of qualifying.

    McLaren's Spaniard Carlos Sainz and British youngster Lando Norris were second and third respectively with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo fourth.

    The Australian brought out red flags when he pulled over and parked up by the side of the track with a suspected fuel pump failure.

    The team expected the car to be ready for qualifying, the first since governing body FIA ordered a change to cars' engine modes.

    Bottas's lap of one minute 20.089 seconds was the quickest of the weekend so far with the Finn, now 50 points adrift of team mate Lewis Hamilton after seven races, 0.229 quicker than Sainz.

    The session ended alarmingly, and messily, with championship leader Hamilton swerving dramatically at speed onto the grass to avoid cars that had slowed at Parabolica.

    The Briton had warned on Friday that qualifying could see a repeat of last year's farcical scenes where drivers jostled for position to try and gain an advantage by slipstreaming others at the fastest track on the calendar.

  • HAMILTON IN ACTION

    Can the Brit take his sixth pole of the season?

    We're going to find out in just over an hour, when qualifying begins at 2pm UK time.

  • CLOSE SHAVE FOR HAMILTON

    The queue of cars cause the Mercedes make to take evasive action to prevent a crash at the end of the session.

    Bottas tops the lot ahead of Sainz and then Norris.

    Ricciardo in fourth but has his engine problem now to worry about while Hamilton was *only* fifth quickest.

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