2011 Italian Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying – Red Bull tame Monza as Vettel takes Pole

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull tamed the super fast Monza Circuit – which has traditionally never suited them – and racked up his tenth pole position of the season. McLaren were their closest competitors as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button took P2 and P3 with Fernando Alonso starting from P4 at Ferrari’s home grand prix.

Monza Qualifying Results

Mark Webber couldn’t replicate his team mate’s pace and had to settle for fifth place on the grid ahead of Felipe Massa in sixth, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov in seventh, the two Mercedes’ of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in eighth and ninth. Bruno Senna, who replaced Nick Heidfeld at Renault, elected not to run in Q3 and will start from tenth place on the grid.

Red Bull were expected to struggle at the track where they’ve never managed a podium finish or a pole position but that statistic was consigned to history as their aerodynamic modifications and Vettel’s aggressive driving style yielded yet another pole position. McLaren will no doubt be strong in the race, with Jenson Button looking impressive. Hamilton looked to be trying too hard and that led to a mistake on his final run and had to settle for second place. Ferrari never seemed to have the pace to challenge for pole but Alonso nevertheless eked out the fourth fastest time.

I expect both the McLarens to challenge Vettel at the start and that might open up for an opportunistic move for Alonso 😉 . Over the race distance, I kinda fancy Button for the win!

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