GP Italy qualifying: Hamilton is in command ahead of the Ferrari squad

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Lewis Hamilton bears away in the final qualifying session, while the Squaderia dazzles in the home race and places both pilots in the 2nd and 3rd spot on the grid.

Lewis ticks one more pole-position, towering above the qualifying session in Monza. Even though the Mercedes hopes were high after introducing a revised engine, Rosberg was unable to find a first row spot and will start fourth tomorrow. The German was bound to change the new engine with the one he has been driving until now, due to some power fluctuation and that was how he justified his performance.

Those in Ferrari manage to put on a proud performance right in front of the tifosi and finishes 2nd and 3rd, first Raikkonen, Vettel second, as this embodies the best result of the Scuderia in 2015. Half a second behind Rosberg, there come Massa and Bottas, the two Williams drivers. Perez and Hulkenberg join the top 10 in the 7th and the 9th spot, as they were separated by Romain Grosjean, the man who got 3rd place in Spa. Ericsson also makes it into the Q3, yet unable to set a time good enough and finish last in the third qualifying session.

Pastor Maldonado failed to go from the Q2 into the Q3 for only 15 thousandths of a second and will start from the 11th position tomorrow, while Felipe Nasr goes 4 tenths of a second slower than his teammate and is bound to settle for the 12th position. The squads propelled by Renault could not make any claims to the top spots, the more so as the 4 Red Bull/Torro Rosso drivers are going to comply with penalties for replacing the engines. Verstappen and Ricciardo will start from the last two spots, while Sainz and Kvyat are starting out from the 16th, 15th respectively.

Therefore, despite getting the worst of times, the Manor drivers are going to start out pretty high, trading on the penalties for those in Red Bull, Torro Rosso and McLaren-Honda. Stevens does well in outperforming Mehri, finishing the qualifying session in the 13th spot. Trouble goes on for McLaren Honda on this racetrack, where engines are critical. Button, as well as Alonso went through a difficult session and ended in the 17th spot, 18th respectively.

The race is Monza starts tomorrow at 14 CET.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m23.397s
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari0.234s
3Sebastian VettelFerrari0.288s
4Nico RosbergMercedes0.306s
5Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes0.543s
6Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes0.730s
7Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1.229s
8Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1.657s
9Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1.920s
10Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari2.817s
11Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1.128s
12Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1.501s
13Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari4.334s
14Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari4.515s
15Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault2.221s
16Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault2.399s
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda2.661s
18Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda2.757s
19Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault-
20Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault-