F1 2014

Hamilton Trumps Rosberg For Monza Pole

Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole position of the 2014 Formula One season since May’s Spanish Grand Prix by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying at Monza.

Hamilton edged out his rival and erstwhile friend by just 0.2 seconds to hold the advantage at the start of Sunday’s race, while Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row. There was something of a surprise – and disappointment for the loyal Ferrari tifosi – to see Mclaren sweep the third row ahead of Fernando Alonso; Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t even make it into Q3 and will start 11th on Sunday. Kevin Magnussen had been significantly slower than team-mate Jenson Button across all three practice sessions and the first two segments of qualifying, so his demotion of the Englishman to 6th came as another minor shock in an otherwise predictably Mercedes engine-dominated session.

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo planted their Red Bull’s 8th and 9th, with Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten for Force India.

Daniil Kvyat set the 11th fastest time but is set to drop to 21st on the grid following a penalty for an engine change. Equal misery abounded at Lotus with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado both crashing out of contention during the opening salvo, only managing 17th and 18th places ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, who put Caterham ahead of Marussia for the first time in many races.

CLASSIFICATION – Qualifying – Italian Grand Prix – 6th September 2014

Position Name Team Time
1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:24:109
2 Rosberg Mercedes 1:24:383
3 Bottas Williams 1:24:697
4 Massa Williams 1:24:865
5 Magnussen McLaren 1:25:314
6 Button McLaren 1:25:379
7 Alonso Ferrari 1:25:430
8 Vettel Red Bull 1:25:436
9 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:25:709
10 Perez Force India 1:25:944
11 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:26:070*
12 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:26:110
13 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:26:157
14 Hulkenberg Force India 1:26:279
15 Sutil Sauber 1:26:588
16 Gutierrez Sauber 1:26:692
17 Maldonado Lotus 1:27:520
18 Grosjean Lotus 1:27:632
19 Kobayashi Caterham 1:27:671
20 Bianchi Marussia 1:27:738
21 Chilton Marussia 1:28:247
22 Ericsson Caterham 1:28:562
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