Bottas secures pole for Saturday sprint qualifying at Monza

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Valterri Bottas will start Saturday's sprint race at Monza from pole position after Friday's qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:19.555
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.096
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.411
4 Lando Norris McLaren +0.434
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.440
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0.705
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.907
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.955
9 Sergio Perez Red Bull +1.056
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.253
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Q2
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Q2
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine Q2
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine Q2
15 George Russell Williams Q2
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams Q1
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Q1
18 Mick Schumacher Haas Q1
19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo Q1
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas Q1

Despite placing first, Bottas will start at the back of the grid for Sunday's race due to engine changes regardless of how he places on Saturday from pole.

This marks Bottas' first race since learning that he'll lose his Mercedes seat to Williams' George Russell. The Finn will race for Alfa Romeo next year.

Silver Arrows teammate Lewis Hamilton secured a front-row lockout for Mercedes, going second fastest, while championship leader Max Verstappen put up the third-fastest lap.

This is the second time Formula 1 has run the sprint qualifying system after its debut at Silverstone earlier this season. Saturday's sprint race decides the entire grid for Sunday's race and also awards points to the top three drivers.

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