Hamilton wins pole position in Italy
Lewis Hamilton won his seventh consecutive pole position in Monza. The reigning champion fought and won a fierce battle with Ferrari as Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third, respectively.
The first qualifying round for the Italian Grand Prix was just a chance for Mercedes to warm-up for the next two rounds as they looked superior to the rest of grid. Lewis Hamilton was on top with 1:24.251, 0.258 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg, while Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.411s behind.
Both Marussia cars stayed out of Q2 with Roberto Merhi and Wll Stevens. Both McLaren drivers — Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, also failed to set lap time. Max Verstappen also had a disappointing performance especially with his Toro Rosso literally falling apart in the last moments of the session with carbon fibre parts flying into the air as he left a turn.
The second round was more interesting as Ferrari separated the Mercedes drivers, with Sebastian Vettel on the second spot just 0.194s slower than championship leader, and Raikkonen in the their spot. Hamilton was once again the fastest with 1:23.323 seconds which was set in the early stage. Daniel Ricciardo stayed in a garage in Q2 so he was eliminated, just as Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Felipe Nasr and Pastor Maldonado were too. This was the first in almost seven years that Red Bull failed to qualify for Q3.
The third qualifying round which was very close as well, Lewis Hamilton confirmed his perfect form and once again had the fastest lap – 1:23.397. Kimi Raikkonen was second, while Sebastian Vettel took third place, leaving Nico Rosberg on fourth.
The third row in the starting grid on Sunday is reserved for Williams’ drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Behind them are Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson.