WATCH: Lewis Hamilton Storms Off After Disappointing Sprint F1 Qualifying at Monza

Published 09/11/2021, 12:09 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The second attempt at the sprint was much worse than the first for Lewis Hamilton. The champion dropped three places to qualify fifth in the session. Although he will start the race in fourth, it isn’t the position he’d hoped to get.

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Monza is a Mercedes track; the Silver Arrows dashed through the track with an incredible pace the entire weekend. However, a quick maneuver from the McLarens behind him and a quick start from Verstappen caused him to lose his P2 position.

Throughout the race, Hamilton fought hard against Norris’ machine, but to no avail. The Brit was stuck behind the car- just never finding the opportunity to make a move.

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Hamilton looked deflated after the session. As he headed to the motorhome, Hamilton got a much-needed boost from a fan close by. The fan cheered on, “It’s alright Lewis, you still have tomorrow!” With the pace of the McLarens ahead of him, a good start could help Hamilton. Otherwise, will he miss out on the podium?

Lewis Hamilton crushed after P5 position

Hamilton wouldn’t have expected to spend his race staring at the back of a McLaren car. His unlikely competitor, Lando Norris, battled hard and maintained his lead. The reigning champion looks ahead for the race on Sunday but knows it won’t come easy to him.

In a post-race interview, Hamilton said“Overtaking the McLarens was just impossible for me, unfortunately.”

He agrees that the pace in the Papaya cars came as an unpleasant surprise for him. The choice of tires and the strong circuit gave them the pace they needed.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Hamilton sounded disheartened at his position, and not much could be done to cheer him up. “I’ll do the best I can tomorrow.” It looks like it all boils down to strategy and a good start for Hamilton to win Sunday’s race.

A tough but fascinating race awaits us as the Italian GP reshuffles the grid for a thrilling competition on Sunday. With many different outcomes possible and a definite impact on the standings, once again, the action begins.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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