Giancarlo Fisichella's switch to Ferrari appeared a little more misguided after second qualifying at Monza, with the Italian veteran failing to progress while his former team got both cars into the top ten shoot-out.

Fisichella had two late attempts to break out of the drop zone, but could only improve to 13th and 14th respectively, leaving him on the outside of row seven for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix. While better than the lacklustre Luca Badoer managed on either of his outings with the Scuderia, the result left Fisico behind both Adrian Sutil and stand-in Tonio Liuzzi, as both qualified for the top ten run-off.

Liuzzi needed his own last-ditch lap to escape the bottom five, but vaulted into fifth spot, one place behind team-mate Sutil, and demoting Jarno Trulli into the relegation zone. The two Italian veterans were joined on the sidelines by BMW Sauber twins Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, who succumbed to identical engine problems, and Romain Grosjean, who looked ragged on his way to twelfth.

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