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Hamilton on Pole in Monza

September 12, 2009

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from pole position after stealing the top spot from Adrian Sutil in the final moments of qualifying this afternoon.

The reigning world champion was on the pace throughout the whole of Q3, retaining the fastest time for most of the session. After Sutil momentarily went faster at the end of quali three, Hamilton put in a charge to go even faster and secure the top spot in 1:24.066, ahead of Sutil in the Force India, and Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari.

In terms of tomorrow’s race however, it remains to be seen who has the upper-hand, as the weights will confirm who is two-stopping and who is going for just one stop.

It looks likely that Hamilton will stop twice, while the Brawns of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, in fifth and sixth respectively are set to stop just the once.

Hamilton’s teammate, Heikki Kovalainen will start in fourth, ahead of the Brawns, with Vitantonio Liuzzi, who is filling Giancarlo Fisichella’s seat in the second Force India, starting in seventh. Liuzzi, who has not raced in F1 for 2 years, managed to get into Q3, while Fisichella, who makes his debut at Ferrari this weekend, failed to get into the top ten shoot out, and will start in 14th.

Fernando Alonso, whose team has made the headlines throughout the weekend over Nelson Piquet’s crash in Singapore last year, will start in eighth, ahead of the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in ninth and tenth.

BMW got both their cars through to Q2, however, engine problems saw both Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica fail to finish the session. Kubica will start in 13th, with Heidfeld in 15th.

However, there is a slim possibility that pole-sitter Hamilton could get a penalty for impeding the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi in Q1. Hamilton had been exiting the pits, while Buemi had the racing line going down to the first corner on a hot lap, however, Lewis failed to see the Toro Rosso, which meant the latter had to take the escape road. Buemi, who it is likely wouldn’t have made it through to Q2 anyway, will start in 19th, just ahead of teammate Jaime Alguersuari in 20th. Time will tell whether the stewards will take any further action.

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One comment

  1. Nice write up! I was unable to watch qualifying live for the first time in while and this perfectly and concisely brought me up to date! 🙂



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