Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monza, 2015

2015 Italian Grand Prix grid

2015 Italian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen alongside him on the front row.

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’23.397
2. Kimi Raikkonen 1’23.631
Row 2 3. Sebastian Vettel 1’23.685
4. Nico Rosberg 1’23.703
Row 3 5. Felipe Massa 1’23.940
6. Valtteri Bottas 1’24.127
Row 4 7. Sergio Perez 1’24.626
Force India
8. Romain Grosjean 1’25.054
Row 5 9. Nico Hulkenberg 1’25.317
Force India
10. Pastor Maldonado 1’24.525
Row 6 11. Felipe Nasr 1’24.898
12. Marcus Ericsson******* 1’26.214
Row 7 13. Will Stevens 1’27.731
14. Roberto Merhi 1’27.912
Row 8 15. Jenson Button***** 1’26.058
16. Fernando Alonso* 1’26.154
Row 9 17. Carlos Sainz Jnr**** 1’25.618
Toro Rosso
18. Daniil Kvyat** 1’25.796
Red Bull
Row 10 19. Daniel Ricciardo*** No time
Red Bull
20. Max Verstappen****** No time
Toro Rosso

*Ten-place penalty for power unit component change
**35-place penalty for power unit components change and gearbox change
***50-place penalty for power unit components change
****35-place penalty for power unit components change
*****Five-place penalty for power unit component change
******30-place penalty for power unit component changes and missing engine seals. Permitted to start after failing to qualifying within 107% time in Q1
*******Three-place penalty for impeding

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46 comments on “2015 Italian Grand Prix grid”

  1. Whoever managed to work this out deserves a medal.

    1. How does Ricciardo start ahead of Verstappen if he has a 35 grid place penalty? Unless that 20 place on Verstappen means that he starts from the pitlane, which would mean he starts last..

      1. It’s the order the penalties are applied

      2. It is because Verstappen did not set a time and therefore was not within the 107% time. A driver who finishes outside 107% time cannot start ahead of someone who does.

    2. @jules-winfield, as a token of appreciation ;)

  2. *50 grid place penalty

    1. ColdFly F1 (@)
      5th September 2015, 23:56

      take 4 and we ‘call it quits’!

  3. top 14 mercedes – ferrari engines, row 8 honda, last 2 rows renault nough said

    1. Your right, that’s astonishing.

  4. This is getting beyond now.

  5. Button qualifys 16th, gets a five place grid penalty and starts 15th, welcome to Formula 1!!

    *stolen from the web!!…lol

    1. LOL. Love it.

  6. This is getting silly. So Button and Alonso qualified in 16th and 17th, take penalties and will start 15th and 16th.

    1. @jaapgrolleman – They had a better penalty strategy? ;-)

      1. hahahaha

  7. Well, it might still change if Mercedes decide to change Hamilton’s engine. It is still a possibility.

    1. Why should they do that?

      1. He didn’t say they should he said they might. Here’s a link to a story confirming that they are concerned about it as they are not yet sure what happened to Nico’s engine. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12472/9980506/mercedes-still-have-big-question-mark-over-new-engine-at-monza

        As previous ‘kanan’ noted, not saying it will happen for sure, but you can’t rule it out either.

    2. nah, they’d just stick in an old one like they did Rosberg and avoid a penalty.

      1. @selbbin And leave Ferrari to start from a front-row lock-out?

      2. That’s violation of parc ferme. Which means starting from pit lane.

  8. I knew this from the beginning. It’ll get funnier and funnier till the end of the championship.

  9. What’s the point of a 50-place penalty with a grid of 20 and he’s not even starting last?

    1. Funniest part is the fact that he’s not even starting last :D

  10. Honda better start announcing their engine changes and component replacements 1 week before each grand prix, because that’s probably a better way to qualy further up the road than actually building a good engine.

    With all the others taking more and more penalties every weekend, they’ll be the first guys to take them and they just move ahead after everyone else is penalized.

    1. This idea looks like the best penalty strategy, as Honda could even try a new engine every single race AND qualy further up. Actually, if they don´t care much about the costs, by doing that they would not need to worry about reliability and and could burn an engine per race by “overclocking” the engine´s power:-)

  11. Wow Manor on row 7 with 6 cars behind them.

  12. How many asterisks can we get to at Singapore?

    1. Why don’t we use other special characters instead of counting the number of asterisks to find out what is happening with the driver’s grid position, @keithcollantine? 😀

  13. I think I may be starting 28th in my Prius. I just got a note from the FIA.
    These rules are so confusing.

    1. Sorry but you have 0.2l too much with the newest spec Prius ;)

  14. Some drivers are getting so many grid penalties they’ll have to start from their home countries.

  15. maarten.f1 (@)
    5th September 2015, 21:36

    It’s funny how Monza is the one circuit where Manor has its highest start position ever.

    1. Absolutly.

    2. Absolutely, although Jules Bianchi started 12th at Silverstone last year on merit.

      I wonder where they will be after lap one.

  16. With the number of penalties invloved, why not decide the grid with a handful of dice?

    1. /invloved/involved/

  17. I’m surprised teams didn’t go for Bernies reverse grid idea. Take an engine penalty, hold a few people up and let yourself be promoted to the front.

  18. Honestly, I’m not against the grid penalties for using too many PE components, but the sheer numbers make the rules laughable. I never minded the limiting of engine use when it was first introduced, nor when it moved from 1 engine per weekend to multiple weekends to a handful of engines. But the penalty system needs a revamp. It’s easy to say ‘well, Renault and Honda need to do a better job’, but at this point a time penalty would almost make more sense than a grid penalty in their cases.

    As for Verstappen getting a drive through because his team sent him off with a engine cover fixed with off-brand duct tape, I’m sure 50% of the field has had penalties dished out to them that were pure team errors, but alas.

    1. The way the grid penalties are accumulating, if it was time penalties instead, then it’d make taking part in the race kinda pointless, both figuratively and literally.

      1. Yep, I count 158 grid place penalties here, which is ridiculous in itself, but Button’s time penalty at Montreal made his race pointless, we’d probably see safety cars triggered eventually to gain that sort of lost time back.

  19. The dude takes 50-place penalty and is not the last one on the grid.
    This is beyond ridiculous.

  20. Are Ricciardo and Verstappen going to start from pitlane?

  21. At this rate by the time we get to Abuse Dhabi, every single car will have penalties and the mess that causes will somehow probably result in a Manor on pole. As it is now this is just an incomprehensible mess and only going to get worse every grand prix from now on, especially with more and more teams experimenting with the “multiple engine changes during one weekend to ‘stockpile’ multiple PU components” loophole

    1. Of course I meant to say Abu Dhabi. Autocorrect has foiled me again!

  22. Getting back to basics, this is all supposed to be about racing and competition and entertainment. How on earth did we get to this crazy mess?

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