Updated: 09/09/2012 15:17 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton claims Monza pole



Lewis Hamilton, front, starts the Italian Grand Prix on pole

Lewis Hamilton, front, starts the Italian Grand Prix on pole

Lewis Hamilton proved the furore surrounding his future is firmly at the back of his mind by grabbing pole for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will lead away an all-McLaren front row at Monza as team-mate Jenson Button, runner-up in this race on the last three occasions, starts second, the duo split by a tenth of a second.

Remarkably, for the first time this year, Felipe Massa managed to out-qualify Ferrari team-mate and championship leader Fernando Alonso who starts a lowly 10th.

Ferrari had employed slipstreaming tactics during the first two sessions to aid their cause, notably with Alonso quickest at the end of both.

Monza's long straights lends itself to slipstreaming, but it all went horribly wrong for the Spaniard in Q3 as he made a mistake on both flying laps to leave himself in the midfield come the race.

Paul Di Resta conjured the best qualifying performance of his career with fourth, but sadly takes a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change to his Force India, so will start ninth.

Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull will move up a place to fourth and fifth. The same applies to Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus and Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi who will start sixth, seventh and eighth, with Di Resta ninth and Alonso 10th.

For the second time in three races Mark Webber failed to qualify for the top-10 shoot-out, and for the third consecutive race Red Bull failed to get both cars into Q3 such has been their drop in pace of late.

Webber will start 11th after missing out on a top-10 shot by 0.067secs to Raikkonen in Q2. Williams' Pastor Maldonado qualified 12th, but the Venezuelan faces a 10-place grid penalty for two separate incidents in last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, so will start 22nd.

From Q2, it means Sauber's Sergio Perez, Bruno Senna in his Williams, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, Jerome D'Ambrosio for Lotus and the second Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne will all move up a place from their qualifying positions of 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th.

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ITS ABOUT TIME MSN BARRED THE STUPID IDIOTS ON COMMENT PAGES FOR ADVERTISING THEIR DATING AGENCIES
08/09/2012 15:49
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Well done Lewis - best way to answer your critics. Now make sure you turn it into points.
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FERRARI  **** it up in Italy.    Ha Ha Ha.
08/09/2012 22:41
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This little prik is too overrated " come on Jenson you can win it mate your a true driver!
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I do not like Hamilton, there is something about him that I cannot identify. I think Jenson Button is a far nicer person. I may have got that totally wrong, but its a gut instinct. I would far sooner have a pint with Button, than Hamilton.
08/09/2012 17:54
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Am sorry, I really don`t see the point here, he dropped his Dad as his manager 2 years ago and employed Simon Fuller (of the Spice Girls) thats when he got too big for his boots.... everytime I hear him speak I would personally like to wring his neck, I would welcome him landing back on planet Earth and get in touch with his roots and discovering that all the hangers on he`s got are not genuine, he`s even got a pop star girlfriend.. talk about 2 ego`s clashing.

its obvious the boys got talent...... its obviously money corrupts

08/09/2012 16:46
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will he get a financial bonus for getting pole position i used to rate him but hes just a greedy little man who doesnt understand loyalty and has crapped on the team that set him up for life nice way to say thanks mr hamilton most people would be very happy with 75 million a year for driving a fast car round and round race tracks all over the world
09/09/2012 07:19
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For years, I followed Webber, Hamilton & Button, as being the best drivers on the grid. I have to say that I am bitterly disappointed that Hamilton has turned out to be as nastier snake as his former team-mate 'cry-baby' alonso.

I still find it hard to believe that this pair maintain their innocence over the 'Mclaren/ferrari' watergate affair. Funny that Hamilton could end up with a seat at the dancing donkey along side of his 'so called' arch rival.. Hm, something stinks in the house of Ecklestone............

09/09/2012 09:44
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yes I hope he leaves maclaren... and joins kart racing!!!
09/09/2012 20:44
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This is just the start of better things to come and Lewis will continue doing his best for the team.
09/09/2012 12:09
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Probably the diva side of him is from being with his so called talented girlfriend has taken over.. Thats the way "pop" stars act and its definatley showing on him since he met her.  Before he was just out there to win but now the public image is taking priority as with all "pop" stars.
09/09/2012 18:37
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WELL DONE LEWIS ,YOU WON . YEEEEEPEEE!
09/09/2012 09:38
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if there's anyway to cheat or find a shortcut Alonzo will find it then if he gets caught blame it on someone else.
08/09/2012 23:51
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 Re Garth...........O c'mon he couldn't turn the first corner in his last race........!
09/09/2012 07:42
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Folks, dont get so upset, its all about the money. Loyalty to family, to ones team (who supported you throughout the learning years) come second place to the great god 'Money'.

As another blogger said, it is just as much fun watching the politics unfold as it is to watch the racing. I think that it is all fixed, just as the 'Professional Wrestling' was. And yes, I know even they could end up badly hurt, or even dead.

08/09/2012 22:54
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yes,   any  guy that  could  drop  his  dad,  after  what  his  dad  did for  him  is  a  real  unt
he  never  won  the  world  championship,  that  was  stolen  from  Massa,   in  2008.  
under  normal  circumstances  a  driver  would  never  let  another  driver  pass  him,  unless  they  were  due  to  drive  for  that  very  team  the  following year.    Kovalainen  did.
it was  Massa's  world   championship  ..
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