Alonso takes Monza F1 pole

Fernando Alonso gave the tifosi the result it wanted in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, heading up a Ferrari 1-3 as title rival Red Bull Racing missed the front row for the first time all season.

Alonso led throughout the third and final phase of knock-out qualifying, with McLaren and Red Bull unable to do anything about his 1min 21.962secs lap, the best posted by anyone all weekend. The Spaniard even felt comfortable enough to abort his final effort, pulling back into the pits even as the other contenders remained on track. It proved to be a good decision, for no-one could get within a tenth of his time.

World champion Jenson Button, following a different strategy to McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton by running higher downforce and the F-duct, eventually came closest, posting a 1min 22.084secs lap that not only secured a front row start, but also put him ahead of the three drivers that he is chasing in the title fight.

Felipe Massa claimed third for the home team, setting both Ferraris up on the cleaner side of the grid, while Hamilton will also feel content with an odd-numbered spot, despite being pipped for fourth by Red Bull’s Mark Webber in the closing moments. The Australian is half a second off pole, with Hamilton a similar margin behind his team-mate, but still ahead of RBR’s Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, who failed to set an early lap, heads Nico Hulkenberg on row four, with Robert Kubica and Rubens Barrichello rounding out the top ten.

Qualifying times:

1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 21.962s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.084s
3. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 22.293s
4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.433s
5. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.623s
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.675s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.027s
8. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 1m 23.037s
9. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 1m 23.039s
10. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 23.328s

11. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 23.199s
12. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.388s
13. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 23.659s
14. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 23.681s
15. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 23.819s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 23.919s
17. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 24.044s

18. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth 1m 25.540s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 1m 25.742s
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes 1m 25.774s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 25.934s*
22. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 1m 25.974s
23. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 1m 26.847s
24. Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth 1m 27.020s

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for once i actually wish red bull had been dominent

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well done ferrari

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Anyone but Ferrari please. Especially Alonso he doesn’t deserve it!

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hamilton could still win. GO LEWIS!!!!!!!!!

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Very well done to Ferrari. The Ferrari is lightest on tyres and has been quick all weekend so Alonso should win. FORZA FERRARI!

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I’ve come to really hate Ferrari, so i was a bit pissed when alonso won the pole-position. But, both JB and Hamilton can turn the tables at ferrari. What really disappointed me (so far) is Red Bull’s performance, which was, erm, not outsanding.

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there is no way hamilton to win button will slow down the rest ( massa ,webber,hamilton and vettel) and alonso will win easily and then take the tournament,
the final championship standings for me:1st alonso ,2hamilton 3rd vettel

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Good show ferrari fgo on and win it.

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I think the race will finish in the same way as it starts. All the cars are cars are just too similar and the strategists just too equal. Bring on the rain or a safety car.

Saying that, I think Massa will be ordered to take out Hamilton. That’ll finish as Alonso, Button, Webber. I think Ferrari would like that… ;-)

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You Brits are so biased… Alonso is super fast and always takes his car to the limit no matter where he’s standing… 1st or last… so he deserved to win the pole.

Please note, that Alonso won the greatest title an F1 driver could win… he beat M. Shumacher and his mighty Ferrari twice in a row… and that’s an honour no other F1 driver can win. And I think we should thank Alonso for ‘kicking’ Shumi out of F1 and letting the true sense of competition return into F1. ;)

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I wish Ferrari can get good position

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HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
GO LEWIS?? yes , lewis go home hahahahahahaha
FORZA FERRARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII II
FORZA ALONSO
BYE BYE HAHAHAHAHHAMILTON

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@ Typhoon
I guess Hamilton took care of that himself :-)

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Ferrari, have won another race this season ,…. wow, Alonso has one fresh engine left. Fourteen races in, and five to go. I wonder what strings/stings will be pulled to allow him a few more of their obviously fragile motors. But never mind, the good old FIA will find an answer, he will probably be allowed some of Felipe’s ‘slow’ engines, after all FIA ,… does stand for, ‘Ferrari Irregularities Accepted’.
Their number one driver, has a career shrouded in hints of scandal and cheating, at Renault, McLaren and now Ferrari. He seems to tarnish everything he touches. Shabby days for the once proud F1

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@Print.Man: orly? I thought FIA standed for “Federation internationnel du Automovilisme” or something like that.

And for those who don’t know, Ferrari IS PAID (and a hella lot of money) for entering the competition each year, because they positively know that, if Ferrari is off, there’s no more money income. This comes from the original pact between Ferrari and FIA.

Back to print.man’s alonso hating, I’d like to point out that not everybody has been able to win a world championship with renault twice… So he HAS to be fast. All those scandals are also outside of his control, because as I said in other rant, he didn’t spy, he didn’t create the mass damper and he didn’t tell Piquet to crash, and obviously he didn’t tell Massa to let him pass.
Oh, and if it actually was “Ferrari Irregularities Accepted”, I don’t remember Hamilton driving a Ferrari you know… Just sayin’

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All these guys hating Alonso, do they really care about F1? Or were they still playing with their dinky toys when Alonso drove for Renault alongside Trulli, Back than, it wasn’t hard to notice he’d be a future World champion, even without any scandals.
Yes, I admit, With Mc-Laren, Me too found it hard to swallow that Hamilton outclassed him a few times, but hey, they’re all winners, aren’t they? Otherwise they wouldn’t be there in the first place

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Dont worry is just envy bout alonso
Thanks alonso, thanks spain

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look at this great video
how can anybody being as stupid as him..??

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Jenson Button is a gentleman and let him pass, like Massa did it with Alonso.

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You moron, can´t you see the right wheel? He couldn´t turn right, dumb ass.

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