Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel achieved one of his dreams on Saturday when he claimed pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Vettel, who only made his F1 debut last year at the USGP, posted a 1 minute 37.555 second lap in Q3 and while his rivals tried to overhaul him, in the end it was sufficient to give him the top spot.
The German now becomes the youngest ever F1 pole sitter in the history of the sport – and the first to ever put a Toro Rosso in P1 on the grid.
"It will take time for this to sink in," he conceded. "It was my dream to one day drive a Formula 1 car and even if my target now has been to fight for poles and race wins, I didn't expect it today and it feels fantastic.
"Doing it here in Italy is also amazing. There are two Italian teams, Ferrari is the bigger one, but I think today, people will also know about Scuderia Toro Rosso.
"Already it's great just to be part of Formula 1, but to be sitting in the top spot is fantastic. It was very difficult to see anything out there and I think all the drivers did a good job to avoid any incidents.
"We improved the car a lot and I was very happy with it this morning and when you feel confident in your car, then that is the key. In the second session, conditions were very difficult and I managed to put together a good lap quite early. I think we did the right thing to go out and do a few laps, rather than just focus on trying for one quick one."
Sebastien Bourdais meanwhile also went well in the sister STR machine and he will start from the second row of the grid, having been knocked down to fourth by Red Bull 'A' team member Mark Webber late on.
"It was a bit crazy out there. Seb pulled out a great lap and pole is fantastic for him and the team and so is having both cars on the two front rows. I was third for a moment, but I'm not complaining," said the multiple Champ Car champion. "Given how things went in the dry in practice, I certainly could not have hoped for better than this.
"These conditions equalize everything and if you have a good feeling in the car, you can attack. That's what we did and it paid off. The team has given us a car that is very reliable and quite easy to drive, especially in the wet. A super performance from everyone."