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Valtteri Bottas edges out Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen in dash qualifying for Italian Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland reacts after he clocked the quickest time in the course of the qualifying session on the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept.10, 2021. The Components one race can be held on Sunday

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and championship chief Max Verstappen on the Temple of Velocity on Friday evening within the return of dash qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Bottas’ remaining flying lap noticed him beat Hamilton by .096 seconds in a qualifying session that set the grid for Components One’s second-ever dash, which is able to decide the beginning lineup for Sunday’s predominant race.

Pink Bull driver Verstappen was .411 behind the Finn.

Bottas, who’s leaving Mercedes on the finish of the season for Alfa Romeo, will begin in the back of the grid on Sunday as he’s going to take a brand new energy unit and can obtain a penalty for doing so.

Dash qualifying had its debut at Silverstone, the place Hamilton was quickest in qualifying however Verstappen topped the seven-time world champion within the dash to take pole for the British GP.

Fairly than the usual format of two practices on Friday and a 3rd apply and qualifying on Saturday, there was one apply on Friday adopted by the qualifying session that decided the grid for Saturday’s dash. There’s a second apply on Saturday too.

The sprints can be over 100 kilometers and the highest three finishers will even obtain factors towards the championship. First place will obtain three factors, second place two factors, and third place one level.

Verstappen gained the Netherlands GP on Sunday and the Pink Bull driver moved three factors forward of seven-time world champion Hamilton. Ought to Hamilton win Saturday’s dash and Verstappen end fourth or worst, the 2 will begin Sunday’s race stage on the high.

Lando Norris will begin Saturday’s dash in fourth place, simply forward of Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly — final yr’s shock winner at Monza.

Carlos Sainz was seventh, with Ferrari teammate — and 2019 winner — Charles Leclerc eighth quickest on the Italian staff’s house circuit.

Sergio Pérez and Antonio Giovinazzi spherical out the highest 10.

Hamilton was quickest in apply earlier Friday, forward of Verstappen and Bottas.

Verstappen has a poor report at Monza, the place he has by no means set foot on the enduring podium. His highest end is fifth.

In distinction, Hamilton is a five-time winner on the Temple of Velocity and has three extra podiums.

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