Saturday, 12 September 2009

Formula1 :Hamilton claims Monza pole

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will start at pole position at the Italian Grand Prix after leading qualifying, and Giancarlo Fisichella will make his Ferrari debut from 14th on the grid.
The defending Formula One champion earned his 15th career pole after setting a leading lap time of 1 minute, 24.066 seconds to edge Force India driver Adrian Sutil at the Monza circuit.
Kimi Raikkonen, coming off a victory at Belgium, goes third for Ferrari at its home circuit and the season's fastest race, where cars average nearly 155 mph.
Overall F1 leader Jenson Button starts sixth, one spot behind closest title rival and Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello, while Red Bull pair Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber start ninth and 10th, respectively for Sunday's 53-lap race.
Flying lap
Hamilton took his second pole position in three races right at the finish with a flying lap that was just under two-tenths faster than Sutil. The driver starting first on the grid here has won seven of the last 10 races.
"I don't think we anticipated being as quick as we are this weekend,'' said Hamilton, who came second here in 2007 and who will now enjoy his KERS power boost at the start.
"It was a very close qualifying session ... but I was able to put the lap together.''
Sutil will be looking to follow up Force India's first finish in the points with another top-three finish after Fisichella finished second from pole position at Spa.
"It's a great moment, a great day for me,'' the German driver said.
"The car is amazing, really quick, unbelievable. It's such a different feeling in the car right now knowing that you have a chance.''
Sutil, a close friend of Hamilton's and who he also raced against in feeder series, knows he will have to stay aggressive going into the first corner, especially with Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren starting fourth.
"A lot of KERS cars around me,'' Sutil said.
"It's going to be a hard fight for my position at the start.''

Qualifying positions
1 L Hamilton (GBR) McLaren-Mercedes
2 A Sutil (GER) Force India-Mercedes
3 K Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari
4 H Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren - Merced
5 R Barrichello (BRA) Brawn - Mercedes
6 J Button (BGR) Brawn - Mercedes
7 V Liuzzi (ITA) Force India-Mercedes
8 F Alonso (ESP) Renault
9 S Vettel (GER) RedBull - Renault
10 M Webber (AUS) RedBull - Renault
11 J Trulli (ITA) Toyota
12 R Grosjean (FRA) Renault
13 R Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber
14 G Fisichella (ITA) Ferrari
15 N Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber
16 T Glock (GER) Toyota
17 K Nakajima (JAP) Williams - Toyota
18 N Rosberg (GER) Williams - Toyota
19 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
20 J Alguersuari (ESP) T Rosso - Ferrari

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