FERNANDO ALONSO secured Ferrari’s first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of the team’s home race tomorrow.
The 2005 and 2006 World Champion’s fastest Q3 time around the legendary Italian track was 1:21.962, an average speed of 158.122 mph. Reigning World Champion Jenson Button (McLaren) will line up second on the grid, making this the first race since Italy 2009 that a Red Bull will be off of the front row of the grid. Alonso’s team-mate and rear gunner Felipe Massa will start the race from third.
The rest of the top ten from fourth to tenth are: Webber (Red Bull), Hamilton (McLaren), Vettel (Red Bull), Rosberg (Mercedes), Hülkenberg (Williams), Kubica (Renault) and Barrichello (Williams).
Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) once again failed to make it into Q3, ending up 12th on the grid.
Timo Glock (Virgin) has been given a five-place grid bump for having his gearbox changed, and Vitaly Petrov (Renault) was given a five-place bump for impeding Glock in Q1.
I was surprised to see Button and Hamilton where they are on the grid. Surly with the different set ups they were running they should be in each other’s grid slots?
Naturally I will be cheering the two McLarens on during tomorrow’s race, but Alonso looks like he has got the bit between his teeth and seems the most likely to win Ferrari’s first Italian Grand Prix since Schumacher won in 2006.