MONZA, Italy – official release — Mercedes photo — Lewis Hamilton captured his first pole position in eight Grands Prix with a storming performance at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday afternoon, eclipsing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the top spot.
The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row, while a last-gasp flyer from Kevin Magnussen lifted the Dane into fifth and into a share of the third row with McLaren teammate Jenson Button.
Rosberg set the initial pace in Q3 with 1:24.552, just below Hamilton’s best from Q2, but the Briton demolished that with a 1:24.109 and set up what seemed like a great climax to the session. Rosberg duly improved to 1:24.383, but that was insufficient to unseat Hamilton, even though his own second run was only good for 1:24.637.
Behind them, Bottas didn’t improve on 1:24.697 as Massa put the second Williams fourth with 1:24.865. Magnussen jumped past Button as they annexed the third row with 1:25.314 and 1:25.379 respectively, while Ferrari’s practice speed ebbed away as Fernando Alonso couldn’t do better than 1:25.430 for seventh.
Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 1:25.436 and 1:25.709 respectively for Red Bull, with Sergio Perez rounding out the top 10 for Force India on 1:25.944.