September 8, 2019 / 12:35 PM / 3 months ago

Raikkonen starts from pit lane, Verstappen last on grid

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 7, 2019 Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen walks to the garage after crashing out during qualifying Antonio Calanni/Pool via REUTERS

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix from the pit lane, a year after he took pole position for Ferrari, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lines up last on the grid.

Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion with Ferrari, crashed in the final phase of qualifying and picked up grid penalties as a result of engine and gearbox changes.

Verstappen was one of several drivers who dropped to the rear after engine changes.

The official starting grid placed McLaren’s Lando Norris 16th, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 17th and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who stopped on track in qualifying, lining up 18th.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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