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F1 Italian GP: Hamilton secures dominant Mercedes pole

Lewis Hamilton has produced a flawless pole position lap to convert Mercedes' dominance at Monza as Nico Rosberg fails to keep pace.
Click here for full qualifying results for the Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has produced a flawless pole position lap to convert Mercedes' dominance at Monza as Nico Rosberg fails to keep pace with his team-mate while Ferrari is left trailing at its home round.

The defending F1 champion has claimed his third consecutive pole position at Monza while equalling Ayrton Senna and Juan Manual Fangio's joint record of five career poles for the Italian Grand Prix.

After leading proceedings into Q3, Hamilton laid down the time to beat on his opening flyer with a 1m 21.358s with Rosberg trailing by three-tenths.

Despite the German driver improving on his second run it proved to be only marginal while his title rival chipped away another two-tenths to eventually take a comfortable pole position by almost half a second with a 1m 21.135s.

While the battle for pole was exclusively fought between the Mercedes drivers, Ferrari was able to lockout the second row with Sebastian Vettel snatching third on the grid from Kimi Raikkonen with his final effort.

Valtteri Bottas put his Williams ahead of both Red Bulls using the Mercedes power to his advantage, beating Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.001s from fifth on the grid, while Max Verstappen will start from seventh.

The Force India duo duly settled for eighth for Sergio Perez and ninth for Nico Hulkenberg respectively, as Esteban Gutierrez secured Haas' first jump into Q3 of the year taking 10th on the grid.

Having announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the season this weekend, Felipe Massa was the unlucky driver in Q2 by finish 11th.

Romain Grosjean ended qualifying 12th but with his five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change the Haas driver will be shuffled back to 17th.

As a result, Fernando Alonso has a net 12th place on the grid as Manor's Pascal Wehrlein splits the McLarens with the Toro Rossos following with Carlos Sainz ahead of Daniil Kvyat.

At the back of the grid both Saubers beat Renault with Felipe Nasr 18th, Marcus Ericsson 19th, Jolyon Palmer 20th and Kevin Magnussen 21st as Esteban Ocon was unable to set a time in Q1 due to a power failure in his Manor.

Click here for full qualifying results for the Italian Grand Prix
by Haydn Cobb



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benignlyindifferent

September 03, 2016 2:43 PM

A great lap for Lewis, and a significant improvement in lap time from last year for the entire field. Still, two seconds off the fastest lap ever. I enjoy F1 and I know we can never go back to the past. However, watch the 2004 video of Montoya's fastest lap ever, in a Williams with groove tires, narrow chassis, and V12 engine, and you can see how much he has to work to achieve what is a spectacular time. Watching the lap and the in car leaves you on the edbe of your seat, and the sounds are incredible. Watching Lewis in 2016, the car is extremely stable, without drama, and while you appreciate his talents, the average viewer cannot appreciate them like they can by watching Montoya. I hated the narrow chassis and grooved tires at the time. Now I wish we had them today. And the high revving engines, well, we all wish for their return. I find it difficult to accept that the sport needs hybrids to showcase energy efficiency when they run through ten sets of tires per weekend.



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