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Historic pole for Vettel, Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel came through to take the honours in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, after rain produced one of the most unexpected grids of the season.

The German, who set the pace in Q2, pumped in a 1 minute 37.555 second lap during the final session and that was enough to give him his first ever pole position - and also the first for Scuderia Toro Rosso, which was born at the end of 2005, following Paul Stoddart's decision to sell the Minardi team to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Heikki Kovalainen will start second - and while the Finn edged to within 0.076 seconds of the top spot late on, despite the worsening weather, he couldn't match the marker set by Vettel.

Mark Webber meanwhile snatched P3 in the dying seconds and knocked the second STR car of Sebastien Bourdais down to fourth. Webber's best however was still 0.562 seconds off P1, while Bourdais was a further three hundredths or so further back.

Nico Rosberg put his Williams in the top five again, maintaining the promising form he had shown in practice this morning and on Friday.

Further down the order Felipe Massa did the best of the championship contenders and secured sixth. The Brazilian just got through to Q3 when he put his F2008 in tenth, even though the rain was getting heavier and track conditions were consequently more taxing.

Toyota duo Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were seventh and ninth, sandwiching the Renault of Fernando Alonso, followed by the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld, who completed the top ten.

Heidfeld's team-mate, Robert Kubica ended Q2 just on the wrong side of cut in eleventh, as did Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton made the mistake of trying Bridgestone's intermediate tyre at the start of the second Q session but, having found that it offered no advantage, missed the window when the best times were being set on the more extremely-cut rubber. Mired in 15th place, he still had the opportunity to improve, but simply could not find the time in his McLaren to do so, spinning at Ascari.

Raikkonen also had a moment at Ascari and the Finn will start just one place in front of the Englishman in 14th.



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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Toro Rosso STR03, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Toro Rosso STR03, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Toro Rosso STR03, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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Raw Dawg - Unregistered

September 13, 2008 4:47 PM

S.Bourdais don't look too bad either. He has shown well here and Spa. He looks to be getting to grips with the Torro. I hope he's around next year if he keeps this pace.



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