Fernando Alonso has said that he is really looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, after he dominated qualifying to secure the 17th Formula 1 pole position of his career.

The Spaniard, who set the quickest time in practice on Friday and this morning, was on top in all three Q sessions and easily had the upper hand over the rest of the pack, including his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who will line up alongside him on the front row.

In the end, while Lewis was only fractionally behind in the sister McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22, Fernando had a final run in hand, one he didn't need to use, as his 1m 21.997s lap was enough to hold off the Brit.

"It is great to get pole position; I have been doing some good qualifying laps at the last races but they have not always come together in the final session like it did today," reflected the two-time world champion.

"The car has been working really well all weekend and we already had a good idea that we would be fast from the test.

"The team has really taken the opportunity between now and Turkey to focus and from their efforts there has been a definite step forward in our pace.

"I am looking forward to the race tomorrow where hopefully we should have the same result," he added.

McLaren team boss, Ron Dennis meanwhile was delighted to see his drivers' lock out the front row, although his thoughts have already turned to the grand prix itself.

"Fernando has been really strong throughout this weekend and it was a brilliant, well deserved pole position for him," noted Ron.

"Lewis has not been quite as happy with the balance of the car, and in the circumstances therefore he did a great job."

"Whilst it is important to the team to be on the front row, we will now be concentrating all our efforts into repeating this performance tomorrow afternoon and rewarding everyone in the team for their tremendous efforts over the past few weeks," Dennis summed-up.