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Monza is Toto chaos; F1.

Ticked-off Toto Wolff branded Monza's qualifying embarrassing as Charles Leclerc claimed pole.

As they left the pits, drivers trying to slipstream one another bunched up, first going too slowly then speeding up.

The traffic jam meant nobody eclipsed Leclerc's opening lap with Lewis Hamilton second on the grid, Valtteri Bottas third and Sebastian Vettel fourth.

Mercedes boss Wolff said: "That was not even worthy of a junior formula and everybody looks like idiots."

His star driver Hamilton said: "It doesn't look good for Formula One. I am sure it is going to continue to be an issue for the sport until someone crashes. Everyone was slowing right down and blocking so you couldn't get through. It was a dangerous and risky business."

Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz were handed reprimands by stewards over the farce but escaped grid penalties.

The sport's safety record is in the spotlight after the death of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend.

A terrifying crash overshadowed yesterday's F3 race when Alex Peroni's car somersaulted through the air three times before landing upside down on the catch fencing. The Aussie walked away unaided but tests revealed he'd suffered a broken vertebrae and he is recovering in hospital.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 8, 2019
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