F1 2014 Monza Italian Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton claims pole position
PUBLISHED: 14:09 06 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:02 07 September 2014
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix and will start the Monza race on Sunday from pole position.
The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas racer from Hertfordshire dominated qualifying at the historic Monza circuit today (Sunday).
He secured pole position with his first hot lap in Q3 and will line-up on the front row with Silver Arrows colleague Nico Robserg alongside him, after Mercedes claimed a sixth qualifying one-two of the season.
Nico Rosberg opened Q3 with a flying lap of 1m 24.552s, but that time was blitzed by Hamilton, who clocked a blistering 1m 24.109s for provisional pole position.
Rosberg improved on his second run with a 1m 24.383s, but was unable to beat Hamilton’s earlier time, with the Stevenage-born driver celebrating his first pole position since Spain.
Today’s result was Hamilton’s fifth pole of the year and the 36th of his F1 career. It was also Mercedes’ 12th pole in 13 races this season.
Monza – the stats you need
* Race distance: 53 laps (306.720km/190.596 miles)
* Start time: 14:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)
* Circuit length: 5.793km/3.600 miles
* 2013 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 53 laps in 1hr18m 33.352s (234.268km/h)
* 2013 pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1m23.755s (248.997km/h)
* Lap record: Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004) 1m21.046s (257.320km/h)
* First championship race 1950
Hamilton said: “It’s a great feeling to be on pole here at Monza and I’m really excited for the race tomorrow. It’s also a relief to have had a clean qualifying session, my first for quite a while.
“Big thanks to my guys in the garage, I’m very proud of the way they’ve worked this year and dealt with all our ups and downs, they’ve done a great job.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s grand prix, Hamilton added: “It’s business as usual tomorrow, we’re free to race and I hope we get a strong result for the team, hopefully a one-two.
“The other Mercedes-powered cars are looking strong here as well so it should be an exciting race. I’m looking forward to it.”
Valtteri Bottas took third place in the provisional qualifying results, with Felipe Massa completing an all-Williams second row.
2014 Italian Grand Prix qualifying result times
Top 10 from Monza:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.109
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:24.383
3 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:24.697
4 Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:24.865
5 Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:25.314
6 Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.379
7 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.430
8 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:25.436
9 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:25.709
10 Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:25.944
Kevin Magnussen claimed fifth place, with Jenson Button sixth in qualifying for a McLaren third row lockout, as Mercedes-powered cars took the top six places on the grid.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso will start from seventh place on the Monza grid, with Sebastian Vettel eighth for Red Bull.
The qualifying top 10 was completed by Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Kimi Raikkonen failed to reach the top 10 shootout.
Hamilton had earlier gone fastest in the first two phases of qualifying in Italy.
He topped the Q1 timesheets at Monza with a lap of 1m 25.363s, with Rosberg second fastest on a 1m 25.493s.
Hamilton was again quickest in Q2 with a time of 1m 24.560s, which was fractionally faster than Rosberg’s best lap of 1m 24.600s.
After qualifying, Rosberg thanked the team for getting his car ready after losing track time in third practice this morning.
He said: “Thank you to the boys, they did a great job making my car ready for qualifying. Also, overnight we improved the set-up a lot with the engineering support from Brackley, therefore I felt a lot better in the car today compared to yesterday.
“Today Lewis was quicker, but starting from second place is still a very good position to win here at Monza.
“I will need a good start and good race pace, but I’m quite confident to get it all right tomorrow.”
The world championship leader added: “So I’m very much looking forward to the race. Monza has always a great atmosphere and it’s so great to drive this great track with our phenomenal Silver Arrow.”
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport head Toto Wolff felt it was a “strong team performance” in qualifying today.
Wolff said: “When it came down to the final laps and the drivers had to lay it all on the line, Lewis delivered a special second sector while Nico had a small snap in the Ascari chicane. At this level, it’s small things like that which make the difference.
“Congratulations to the whole team after an intensive weekend and a special word, too, for our colleagues in Brixworth. It’s seriously impressive to see six Mercedes-Benz engines in the top six positions for qualifying at Monza.”
Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe added: “Our day did not start well with Nico’s loss of running in third practice, which meant he couldn’t do all the laps he would have liked.
“We were able to resolve the problem without any penalty, though.
“This afternoon, we saw a very tense qualifying session. There were a lot of competitive cars out there today, especially the Williams, so we needed the drivers to put together some stunning laps – and that’s exactly what they did.
“Lewis put together an extraordinary lap on his first run in Q3, then Nico was almost matching that on his second run, if it had not been for a small snap in the Ascari chicane.
“It’s great to secure the front row once again and to see Mercedes power in the top six positions. We’re now looking forward to a really good race at this iconic circuit, and to putting on a good show for the Tifosi in the stands.”
The 2014 Italian Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Sunday.
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