F1: Charles Leclerc Beats Hamilton To Monza Pole

Charles Leclerc put Ferrari on pole position for their home Italian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday in a qualifying session that ended in farce and with drivers under investigation.

The unlikely climax left Leclerc on pole with his first lap, beating five time world champions Lewis Hamilton by 0.039 seconds with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth.

It was Leclerc’s second consecutive pole position in just seven days.

The last lap saw the 10 drivers in the final shootout cruising around, jostling for an aerodynamic tow but with nobody willing to break away — meaning that only McLaren’s Carlos Sainz made it to the line in time for a final fast lap.