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Lewis Hamilton jokes he will be watching Game of Thrones behind the wheel at the notoriously difficult Monza after starting the race in 19th place after a grid penalty – with Charles Leclerc the ONLY driver to start where he qualified
- Seven-time world champion jokes that he takes his iPad to the DRS line
- Lewis Hamilton starts the race 19th on the grid after taking a penalty
- Charles Leclerc was the only driver on the whole grid not to take a penalty
- It took the race officials four hours to determine the starting grid
Lewis Hamilton joked that he will take his iPad with him for the race at Monza on Sunday because of the difficulties in making progress on the track.
The seven-time world champion qualified fifth for the race but was demoted to 19th after being given a penalty for his fourth powerplant of a difficult season for him and his Mercedes team. Each driver is limited to three power units for the season.
Ahead of Sunday’s race, Hamilton joked that he would be able to watch Game of Thrones from behind the wheel because he would likely get stuck on the ‘DRS train’.
Lewis Hamilton was demoted to 19th from his original qualifying position of fifth for earning his fourth power unit of the season
He said: “I was behind Valtteri Bottas in practice and couldn’t overtake or pass him. So I hope I don’t get stuck tomorrow.
“But I imagine myself on a DRS train and hoping for opportunities through strategy and tire degradation from other drivers.
“I was thinking of taking my iPad into the race and if I’m in a DRS line I’ll just go watch Game of Thrones.”
Ferrari had huge support for their home race and Charles Leclerc delivered the fastest lap time
With nine drivers given a grid penalty, including Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, first and fifth respectively in the world championship standings, only Charles Leclerc will start the race where he qualified on Saturday.
Leclerc beat the runaway world championship leader Verstappen by 0.145 seconds and now that the Dutchman has been relegated to seventh, he hopes to close some of the huge gap that has grown between the two drivers in recent weeks.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez will start 13th and will receive a lower penalty for buying fewer new engine parts.
Hamilton joked he could watch the HBO show while trapped on the ‘DRS train’
Meanwhile, after qualifying sixth, George Russell saw his share rise to second place, with the number of penalties taken affecting almost the entire grid. It took race officials four hours to figure out who would start where on Sunday.
Ahead of a lively tifosi at Ferrari’s home Grand Prix, Leclerc was delighted to have qualified at the front of the grid and said he was able to use his car’s full potential on his final qualifying lap.
‘It is awesome. It was not an easy qualifying session. I knew there was quite a bit of potential in the car but I couldn’t put it all together and on the last lap I did,” he said.
“The car feels great all weekend and I really hope I can finish like I did in 2019.”
Max Verstappen starts race seventh after grid penalty at Monza