F1 qualifying results: Starting grid for 2022 Italian Grand Prix as Leclerc takes pole position at Monza

On the famous straights of Monza, it was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who stole the show to take pole position for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Monégasque driver put it all together when it mattered most on his final flying lap to take top spot by three-tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz rounded out the top three positions, though both the Spaniard and Verstappen have grid penalties to take for Sunday’s race. 

Elsewhere, Sergio Perez took P4 ahead of Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell who in turn beat out McLaren duo Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo who finished P7 and P8 respectively. Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso closed out the top ten.

With nine drivers taking penalties for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix, including Hamilton, the starting grid will hardly resemble the qualification results however, so expect plenty of action with the fastest cars looking to break their way through the midfield pack. 

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Italian Grand Prix 2022 provisional starting grid

Position Driver
1 Charles Leclerc
2 George Russell
3 Lando Norris
4 Daniel Ricciardo
5 Pierre Gasly
6 Fernando Alonso
7 Max Verstappen*
8 Nyck de Vries
9 Zhou Guanyu 
10 Nicholas Latifi
11 Sebastian Vettel
12 Lance Stroll
13 Sergio Perez*
14 Esteban Ocon*
15 Valtteri Bottas*
16 Kevin Magnussen*
17 Mick Schumacher*
18 Carlos Sainz*
19 Lewis Hamilton*
20 Yuki Tsunoda

*indicates grid-place penalty

F1 Italian Grand Prix qualifying commentary, highlights

END OF Q3: Leclerc takes pole position for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix!! A stunning final flying lap from the Monaco-born driver who puts his Ferrari ahead of the chasing pack much to the delight of the Tifosi in the grandstands. 

5 minutes left of Q3: It’s Sainz who lays the early benchmark in Q3 ahead of teammate Leclerc. It’s only P3 for Verstappen so far who won’t be happy with that!

START OF Q3: Norris is out first on track as the business end of qualifying kicks off here at Monza. 

END OF Q2: Sainz takes top spot through Q2 ahead of teammate Leclerc who is followed closely by Red Bull pair Verstappen and Perez. It’s then the Mercedes pair of Russell and Hamilton and a bit of shock after them as both McLaren drivers make it into Q3 for the first time in a while. Gasly and Alonso round out the top ten. 

Eliminated from Q2:

Yuki Tsunoda
Nyck De Vries
Valtteri Bottas
Guanyu Zhou
Esteban Ocon

5 minutes left of Q2: This time it’s Ferrari’s Sainz who tops the lap times at the midway point as the drivers head back to the pits ahead of their second run. The Spaniard sits three-tenths ahead of teammate Leclerc as it stands. 

START OF Q2: The action is back underway as Perez and Verstappen emerge from the pit lane first. 

END OF Q1: It’s Verstappen who takes top spot in Q1 from Leclerc, Sainz, Perez and Russell. Debutant Nick De Vries also manages to push his Williams through to Q2 though it’s disappointment again for his teammate Latifi, Aston Martin and Haas. 

Eliminated from Q1:

Sebastian Vettel
Lance Stroll
Kevin Magnussen
Mick Schumacher
Nicolas Latifi

5 minutes left of Q1: It’s Bottas, Magnussen, Stroll, Schumacher and Vettel who currently occupy the bottom five spots and will need to pick up the pace to get out of Q1. At the top, Verstappen puts in the fastest lap so far with a 1:20:922.

10 minutes left of Q1: Well it’s Leclerc who leads the way at the top of the standings after the drivers complete their first flying lap. 

Ferrari teammate Sainz, Russell, Verstappen and Perez all follow close by. 

START OF Q1: Here we go then Formula One fans! Lance Stroll leads us out in the glorious sunshine here in northern Italy.  

5 minutes to go: Well we’re all set here in Monza for qualifying for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix. The crowd are on their feet as they prepare to welcome the drivers onto the track.

30 minutes to go: A driver to watch out for today on the track; Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard put his Alpine up into P5 during the last free practice session earlier today and he very much seems to hold a pace advantage over most of the field so far this weekend. 

His lack of a grid-place penalty tomorrow could easily see him challenge for a podium spot too if qualifying goes well for the veteran..

45 minutes to go: Well I guess there’s only one place to start this race weekend and that’s with the very long list of penalties that drivers are taking for the race on Sunday as listed below: 

Verstappen – five-place penalty
Ocon – five-place penalty
Perez – 10-place penalty
Bottas – 15-place penalty
Magnussen – 15-place penalty
Schumacher – 15-place penalty
Sainz – Back of grid penalty
Hamilton – Back of grid penalty
Tsunoda – Back of grid penalty

As such, there’s definitely a feeling around the paddock in Monza that it’s Charles Leclerc’s race to lose unless something goes terribly wrong in this afternoon’s qualifying for Ferrari. 

1 hour to go: F1 returns for a third successive weekend as Max Verstappen looks to make it five victories in a row at the famous Italian Grand Prix held at Monza. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest from today’s qualifying! 

In case you missed it, there was a late change in one of the Williams’ cockpits as Alex Albon has been deemed unfit to race this weekend by doctors due to a bout of appendicitis. The team’s reserve driver Nyck De Vries will therefore take the wheel for his first F1 qualifying and subsequent race. 

What channel is the F1 race on?

  • Race: Italian Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, Sep. 11
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

What time does the F1 race start?

  • Date: Sunday, Sep. 11
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)

Sunday’s 2022 Italian Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 9 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show typically airs in the hour before the start of the race.

Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Dutch Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Date Event Time (ET) TV channel
Friday, Aug. 26 Practice 1 8 a.m. ESPNU
Friday, Aug. 26 Practice 2 11 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, Aug. 27 Practice 3 7 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, Aug. 27 Qualifying 10 a.m. ESPN2
Sunday, Aug. 28 Race 9 a.m. ESPN

Formula 1 live stream for the Italian Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, five major OTT TV streaming options carry the ESPN networks — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and DirecTV Stream. 

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but won’t be in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2022 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.

Formula 1 schedule 2022

There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.

The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.

Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.

The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was canceled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Winner (Team)
March 20 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11 a.m. ESPN Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
March 27 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Street Circuit 1 p.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
April 10 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit 1 a.m. ESPN Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
April 24 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Imola Circuit 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 8 Miami Grand Prix Miami International Autodrome 3:30 p.m. ABC Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 22 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 a.m. ESPN2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 29 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 9 a.m. ESPN Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 12 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit 7 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 19 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gillies-Villenueve 2 p.m. ABC Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 3 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 10 a.m. TBD Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
July 10 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. TBD Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
July 24 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Aug. 28 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 4 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort 9 a.m. ESPN Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Sept. 11 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
Oct. 2 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 9 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course 1 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 23 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas 3 p.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 30 Mexico City Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 4 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 13 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Interlagos Circuit 2 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 20 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

  • TV channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Live stream: NOW TV

Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP.

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