Lewis Hamilton secures Italian Grand Prix pole position

Nico Rosberg took a new engine prior to the start of qualifying, reverting to his Spa engine while practice pacesetter Lewis Hamilton continued to use Mercedes’ upgraded unit. Both Red Bulls also took engine changes along with the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen and the McLaren duo.

Q1

Nico Hulkenberg was impeded on his first flying lap by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson – an incident which was investigated by the stewards after the session. Lewis Hamilton set the initial pace, going three tenths of a second clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso spent most of the session in the garage as the team worked on his car. He only got out with less than a minute left meaning he only had time for sectors and not a flying lap. He lost huge chunks of his bodywork on the track. The Mercedes cars and the Ferraris were the only ones to set their lap-times on the medium compound tyres rather than the softs which were used by the rest of the field.

  1. Lewis Hamilton 1:24.251
  2. Nico Rosberg 1:24.609
  3. Kimi Raikkonen 1:24.662
  4. Sergio Perez 1:24.801
  5. Nico Hulkenberg 1:24.937
  6. Valtteri Bottas 1:24.979
  7. Sebastian Vettel 1:24.989
  8. Felipe Nasr 1:25.121
  9. Marcus Ericsson 1:25.122
  10. Romain Grosjean 1:25.144
  11. Felipe Massa 1:25.184
  12. Carlos Sainz 1:25.410
  13. Pastor Maldonado 1:25.429
  14. Daniel Ricciardo 1:25.633
  15. Daniil Kvyat 1:25.742
  16. Jenson Button 1:26.058
  17. Fernando Alonso 1:26.154
  18. Will Stevens 1:27.731
  19. Roberto Merhi 1:27.912
  20. Max Verstappen No Time Set

Q2

Nico Rosberg set the initial fastest lap but was quickly beaten by team-mate Lewis Hamilton by seven tenths of a second. Sebastian Vettel’s first effort was enough to go second before Kimi Raikkonen edged ahead. The gap to the front was reduced to three tenths of a second between Hamilton and the leading Ferrari driver. In the dropzone after the first runs were Felipe Nasr, Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, and Daniil Kvyat. Ricciardo did not get out to set a lap-time and will start the race from the back any due to his engine penalties.

  1. Lewis Hamilton 1:23.383
  2. Sebastian Vettel 1:23.577
  3. Kimi Raikkonen 1:23.757
  4. Nico Rosberg 1:23.864
  5. Felipe Massa 1:23.983
  6. Valtteri Bottas 1:24.313
  7. Sergio Perez 1:24.379
  8. Romain Grosjean 1:24.448
  9. Marcus Ericsson 1:24.457
  10. Nico Hulkenberg 1:24.510
  11. Pastor Maldonado 1:24.525
  12. Felipe Nasr 1:24.898
  13. Carlos Sainz 1:25.618
  14. Daniil Kvyat 1:25.796
  15. Daniel Ricciardo No Time Set

Q3

Going through to the pole position shoot out were both Mercedes, both Ferraris, both Force Indias, both Williams, a Sauber and a Lotus. Nico Hulkenberg set the first flying lap – a 1:25.317 – which was bettered by Nico Rosberg and then Felipe Massa. Lewis Hamilton took provisional pole by three tenths of a second ahead of the Ferrari duo who were separated by mere thousandths of a second. Hulkenberg crawled back to the pit-lane reporting that he had lost power. The times dropped on the second runs but no-one was quick enough to beat Hamilton’s time. Raikkonen improved to second – just two tenths off the pole time – with Vettel third and Rosberg fourth.

  1. Lewis Hamilton 1:23.397
  2. Kimi Raikkonen 1:23.631
  3. Sebastian Vettel 1:23.685
  4. Nico Rosberg 1:23.703
  5. Felipe Massa 1:23.940
  6. Valtteri Bottas 1:24.127
  7. Sergio Perez 1:24.626
  8. Romain Grosjean 1:25.054
  9. Nico Hulkenberg 1:25.317
  10. Marcus Ericsson 1:26.214
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