Straight line speed at Monza secures front row for McLaren

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Updated: September 8, 2012

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday, while teammate Jenson Button made it a McLaren one-two.

Amid speculation about his future and a possible switch to Mercedes, Hamilton took his fourth pole of the season in a time of 1 minute, 24.010 seconds, just over a tenth of a second faster than Button.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was third – much to the delight of the home fans – but championship leader Fernando Alonso had another disappointing day. The Spaniard, who was just a thousandth of a second behind Hamilton in the final practice, will start way back in 10th position in Sunday’s race.

It is McLaren’s 63rd front row sweep in Formula One – a record for the sport. It is also the team’s third all front row this season.

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:24.010
2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:24.133
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:24.247
4. Paul Di Resta* (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:24.304
5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:24.540
6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:24.802
7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:24.833
8. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:24.855
9. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 1:25.109
10. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:25.678
11. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:24.809
12. Pastor Maldonado** (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:24.820
13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:24.901
14. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 1:25.042
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:25.312
16. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Belgium) Lotus – Renault 1:25.408
17. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:25.441
18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 1:26.382
19. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1:26.887
20. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 1:27.039
21. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:27.073
22. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 1:27.441
23. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 1:27.629
24. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes