Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified sixth and 11th, respectively, for the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Magnussen set the ninth-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:21.783 around the 5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile), 11-turn circuit. Grosjean was 15th quickest with a lap of 1:21.887. Only the top-15 drivers move on to Q2.
In Q2, Grosjean earned the sixth-fastest time with a lap of 1:21.239 to make the top-10 cutoff and advance to Q3. Magnussen ended up just outside the top-10 in 11th with a best lap of 1:21.669 after Fernando Alonso opted to place his McLaren alongside Magnussen into turn one and then into Magnussen’s line off the corner, effectively ruining both driver’s final shots at advancing into Q3.
Grosjean qualified a best-of-the-rest sixth in Q3 behind the big three teams of Scuderia Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull with a lap of 1:20.936. It was Grosjean’s seventh straight trip to Q3, a streak that began June 23 at the French Grand Prix.
Both Grosjean and Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tire throughout qualifying.
Taking the pole for the Italian Grand Prix was Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen. His fast lap of 1:19.119 set a new track qualifying record as well as the all-time fastest lap in Formula One history, bettering the 14-year-old mark held by Juan Pablo Montoya when he drove his Williams around Monza in 1:19.525 during practice for the 2004 Italian Grand Prix. Räikkönen beat his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, for the pole by .161 of a second to give Scuderia Ferrari a front-row lockout at its home race. It was Räikkönen’s 18th career Formula One pole, but his first since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, and it was his second pole at Monza, with the last one coming 12 years ago in the 2006 Italian Grand Prix. At age 38, Räikkönen is the oldest polesitter since Nigel Mansell in 1994, who was 41 when he took his 32nd and final career Formula One pole in the Australian Grand Prix.
Before Grosjean, Magnussen and the rest of their Formula One counterparts participated in knockout qualifying, they had one final practice (FP3) to dial in their racecars for a quick lap around the track. Both Grosjean and Magnussen began the session with an installation lap on the White medium tire before switching to the Red supersoft compound.
Magnussen ran 15 laps and set the sixth-fastest time with a 1:22.011 on his 11th tour. Grosjean tallied 16 laps and earned his best time on his 11th lap – a 1:22.357 that placed him 10th overall.
Quickest in FP3 was Vettel, whose fast lap of 1:20.509 was .081 of a second better than his nearest pursuer and championship combatant, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.