Lewis Hamilton led a McLaren front row lock-out at the Italian Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso proved unable to match his performances from earlier in the session.

While Ferrari appeared to be trying to use drafting to improve their position, Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button followed their own programme, with the former securing pole position on his first run and Button moving up to second as he became the last car to cross the line under the chequered flag. Alonso, meanwhile, will start only tenth in front of the adoring Ferrari fans, after being unable to keep up with team-mate Felipe Massa as the Scuderia sent both out at the same time. Massa will line-up third overall after out-qualifying the Spaniard, who appeared to make a mistake at the first chicane on his flying lap, for the first time this year.

Paul di Resta briefly held second spot before being deposed by Massa and then Button, but the Scot will take a five-place grid penalty which drops him to an eventual ninth, sharing row five with points leader Alonso.

Michael Schumacher moves up to take di Resta's fourth spot, with Sebastian Vettel, who only just made it into the final phase of the session, assuming the inside of row three for Red Bull Racing. The German will be joined by countryman Nico Rosberg, while Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi fill row four for Lotus and Sauber respectively.

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