Lewis Hamilton started the Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Race from P2, but a slow start relegated him to P5. Ultimately he wasn’t able to improve his position.
Valtteri Bottas on the other hand won the race, but due to an engine swap grid penalty, he will be starting the race from the back to the grid. This means Max Verstappen will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole.
“You saw the pace of the Red Bull,” Hamilton said after the sprint race.
“I don’t know if he was faster than Valtteri but now he’s on pole, so it should an easy win for him. For me, I’ve just got to try and get past these McLarens.
The Briton once again commented on the fact that Red Bull keeps upgrading their car, while Mercedes stopped their car’s development to focus on the 2022 challenger.
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“I think they have got more pace than they’ve had all year. They bring upgrades every week. From what I’m told, there’s only one race where they haven’t brought an upgrade.
“So they are constantly bringing performance to the car and they’ve done a great job,” concluded Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas says he will do his best to cut through the field.
“I feel good, it’s been a while since I finished first,” the Finn said.
“Unfotuanely, I start from the back. Today, I enjoyed a clean race, we had good pace. It’s not going to be easy, when there’s a train of DRS.
“Stategy wise, we have free choice so let’s see if we can do everythig. We’ll give all we can,” Bottas concluded.