Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton joins two true F1 greats with five pole positions at Monza – Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna.
Brit took the all-important pole position for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, beating teammate Nico Rosberg’s time by nearly half a second in a commanding performance.
The pole sitter has won at Monza the past six years — with Hamilton himself taking three of those victories.
Hamilton finished 0.478 ahead of Rosberg.
The home heroes Ferraris followed, with Sebastian Vettel eight tenths back in third and Kimi Raikkonen nearly a second behind in fourth.
Williams F1 ace Valtteri Bottas secured fifth place by just 0.001s from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, and Max Verstappen seventh ahead of Force India duo Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and HaasF1’s Esteban Gutierrez completed the top ten.
.The Mexican was the one of the stars of the afternoon as he progressed to Q3, his first showing in the final segment for this season.
The new F1 entrant Esteban Ocon’s qualifying session came to a premature end when his Manor ran into technical problems, leaving him stranded at the final chicane. “Same problem again,” he reported as he failed to set a lap time.