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.
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.
Full report and times to follow....