Italian GP: Ferrari record worst home performance since 1984



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Ferrari’s miserable season has gone from bad to worse as the Italian manufacturer failed to place a car in the top 10 at its home Grand Prix for the first time since 1984.

Sebastian Vettel failed to make it out of the first round of qualifying and could only manage a lowly 17th place, while his teammate Charles Leclerc made it through to the second round of qualifying but could only take 13th on the grid before Sunday’s race.

Ferrari knew they would be struggling for speed at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, but they didn’t even expect things to be this bad.

Leclerc is fifth in the drivers’ championship with 45 points, already 112 points behind runaway leader Lewis Hamilton. Things are even worse for four-time world champion Vettel, who has just 16 points in 13th.

In the constructors’ standings, Ferrari is fifth and a whopping 203 points clear of leader Mercedes.

A tiny silver lining for Ferrari is that their fervent supporters, known as ‘tifosi’, were not present to witness the disastrous performance, with races still contested behind closed doors.

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Charles Leclerc's car returns to the garage.

“In the end, we were hoping it would come a bit at the weekend,” a visibly frustrated Leclerc told Sky Sports. “We knew Spa [last weekend] and here were the two worst tracks for us. That’s right… it’s hard.

“For now, that’s how it is and I need to get the most out of the car. It hurts even more that he is at home. This is the reality for us right now. We have to work,” Leclerc said.

At the top of the standings, Mercedes registered another 1-2 as Lewis Hamilton secured his eighth Italian Grand Prix pole, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas narrowly missing out by a tenth of a second to start second Grilled.

“It was a fantastic performance from the team,” Hamilton told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t the easiest, you’ve seen how close it was between us. I needed a clean lap and I got both.

Sebastian Vettel watches as rival Lewis Hamilton secures pole position.

“Valtteri was strong and kept pushing, I was a bit nervous going through the final sector. Over the years I’ve been here, I’ve had times where we’ve had less downforce and grip, [but] the speed for the Lesmos [corner] it was great. It’s trying to find the right balance that’s not that easy,” Hamilton said.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz put in possibly the performance of the day to secure third place for his best grid position, while Racing Point driver Sergio Perez’s fourth place equaled his best qualifying position.

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  • 1. Hamilton
  • 2. Boots
  • 3. Science
  • 4. Perez
  • 5. Verstappen
  • 6. Norris
  • 7. Ricciardo
  • 8. Stroll
  • 9. Albon
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