This Is What The Starting Grid Will Officially Look Like For The Italian GP – WTF1

This Is What The Starting Grid Will Officially Look Like For The Italian GP

We knew coming into this weekend that there’d be a penalty or two. However, almost HALF of the grid have taken various engine penalties, which has caused total chaos when trying to work out Sunday’s grid. 

Here’s what we think the starting grid will look like, as per the FIA documentation. 

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

If you want to see why each driver has their penalties and how many places they’re theoretically dropping, you can read our handy article here

What a bloody drama 🙄

5 thoughts on “This Is What The Starting Grid Will Officially Look Like For The Italian GP

  • Alfred Stephen says:

    Based on this result, actually the way penalty works is quite straight forward.

    1. Back of the grid penalty will definitely goes to the back of the grid. If there are more than one driver, the the order of those drivers is their qualifying result.

    2. N place grid penalty is sorted with the formula N + Q (quali result). If the result of N + Q place them behind any driver with back-of-the-grid penalty, they will instead be placed in front of the frontmost such driver. This is why Checo will start in front of Ocon even though Checo has 10 place grid penalty versus Ocon’s 5 (4 + 10 < 11 + 5), and why Magnussen and Mick could have 15 place grid penalty and qualify 19th and 20th, and yet start at 16th and 17th.

    3. Once the penalties are sorted, the remaining drivers will occupy the grid based on vacant slot and their qualifying result.

    If the rule is indeed that simple, I wonder why F1 couldn't figure out a way to convey the results immediately after the qualifying session. The only explanation is that the people in charge were not sure how the rule works themselves.

    • I think they don’t announce the order immediately because the drivers can take penalties after the quali as well, which would obviously change the grid. The teams of course need to be given time to inform FIA if some parts have to be replaced after the quali, so the final order can’t be announced before that time is out.

  • bhargav pavuluri says:

    Katy doesn’t know how penalty system works. Max with be starting 4th not seventh as 3rd, 4th and 5th qualified drivers are sent to back. He will be promoted up 3 places to 4th

    • Pretty sure you don’t know how it works. Max got 5 position penalty, that means he will start 5 places lower, no matter if some of the inbetweens have moved even further down. Penalty-free drivers are promoted ahead of Max to keep him 7th as long as there are penalty free drivers to promote. Only way for him to start 4th would be that out of the other 19 drivers, only 3 started without penalty. And even if one of those 3 qualified dead last, they would start ahead of Max.

  • Makes a complete farce of qualifying. Limiting component numbers was supposed to save money. Instead the just use penalties tactically as part of the game.

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