Lewis Hamilton took a dominant pole position for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg slotting himself in second place on the grid.
Hamilton held provisional pole after the first run, having set a laptime of 1:21.358, three tenths quicker than Rosberg’s mark of 1:21.646.
The Englishman went even quicker on his final stint, lapping around Monza in 1:21.135. Rosberg, by contrast, only went marginally faster, allowing Hamilton to take his seventh pole of the season.
Ferrari grabbed the second row of the grid, with Sebastian Vettel outpacing Kimi Raikkonen with a late surge to qualify third.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas continued his strong run, outqualifying both Red Bulls to finish in fifth place.
Both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, however, will start the race on soft tyres, allowing them to stretch their first stints.
Behind, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg qualified eighth and ninth respectively, with Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez completing the top 10.
Both the McLarens were eliminated in Q2, with Williams’ Felipe Massa being the other high-profile casualty of the session.
by Rachit Thukral