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  1. Final practice under way
  2. Rosberg out with gearbox problem
  3. Alonso 2nd, Bottas 3rd, Massa 4th
  4. Button 5th, Vettel 6th
  5. Perez stops on track
  6. Qualifying follows at 13:00
  7. Hamilton fastest in FP1 yesterday; Rosberg in FP2
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Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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So Lewis Hamilton holds the edge over Nico Rosberg and ends a miserable run of form in qualifying which stretches back seven races.

Can he turn pole into victory tomorrow and thus chip away at Rosberg's 29-point championship lead? Join me from 12:00 BST to find out. Until then, it's a very good afternoon from me. Ciao.

Catch up on the action with Andrew Benson's developing

qualifying report or keep an eye out for video highlights on the website later this afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton salutes the crowd after qualifying

You may also be interested in hearing from McLaren chairman Ron Dennis who says the tensions between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could result in one of them leaving Mercedes at the end of this season.

Read more on that story here.

Daniel Ricciardo
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"I'm a bit disappointed, ninth isn't something to get excited about," says Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "As a team, we would have loved to have been closer to the top five. Fingers crossed we have better race pace tomorrow.

"The start is going to be crucial. Once everyone gets going, with top speeds, it's going to be tough for us, especially as it looks like it's going to be a one-stop race.

Fernando Alonso

"It's OK," says Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who starts seventh. "In the end, I'm happy. I have a huge support here, the people are crazy about Ferrari. They hope a Ferrari will win. They will see me qualify seventh, but it doesn't matter. Tomorrow they think that you will win. That motivates me a lot. Hopefully we can give them something in return."



Dean: Lewis has been in this position before, racing for a World championship. On the other hand Rosberg hasn't. Pressure.

AADZ: Tension between Hamilton and Rosberg is there for all to see. Wow. Cut the tension with a knife!!

"We're always going to be faster and slower in different parts of the lap relative to each other," says Nico Rosberg when asked baout his lap compared to team-mate Lewis Hamilton's. "Relative to my own lap it was an OK lap and from that second position is still good for tomorrow.

"In the race anything can happen and we need to work towards the race and get a good strategy and have a good race. For the team again, even at a track like Monza, even coming here and being so dominant. There's still the race tomorrow but it's still really awesome for the team."

Valtteri Bottas

When asked if he can challenge the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the race, Valtteri Bottas, who starts third, says: "I really hope so. From Friday to today they had a bit more pace. We hoped we could be close to them. I think we have a solid race pace. "

Lewis Hamilton adds: "Free to race, that's the decision so it continues as usual. I hope tomorrow will be good. It would be really good to get another 1-2 for the team. I hope we have some competition with these guys (Williams) - I think that would be great for the fans."

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is keeping a lid on his emotions and expression in the news conference. "I feel excited for tomorrow," he says. "I'm very proud of my guys on my side of the garage. They have been through the difficult times with me. They've done a remarkable job bouncing back, so we've done this as a team and it's great to have another 1-2 for the team."



James Blyth: That's how it's done, fair game for once and Hamilton on top. Bring on tomorrow.

David Nestor: First chicane could be interesting tomorrow!! Can't wait for lights out!

Mercedes: Pole at the #ItalianGP for Lewis Hamilton, P2 for Nico Rosberg. Front row lockout!! #NoSPArring

The top six cars on the grid are Mercedes-powered, with Mercedes heading the field followed by Williams and McLaren. Ferrari-power is the next best with Fernando Alonso in seventh.

"It was close," said Red Bull's reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, who starts eighth. "I'm not entirely happy, the gap is so close so you always think you could have gone quicker. But overall, I think it was what we could do. [In the race], we should be quicker than McLaren - it's difficult to say where Ferrari are but we should be quicker than them.

"I think Williams and Mercedes are a bit too quick - but you never know. It's easy to say 'maybe we can pick up on other people making mistakes', but first of all you have to look after yourself."



Luke Spurdle: An amazing well deserved pole position for Lewis Hamilton. Let's bring on the race tomorrow.

Ben Silveston: That pole lap by Lewis Hamilton - simply brilliant! Another Mercedes lock-out!

Nigel Gilbert: As soon as Hamilton's car works properly, he's fastest. Simple as that.

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"All weekend it's been pretty good, just tweaking the set-up throughout the weekend," says Jenson Button, who starts sixth. "We are surprised at how quick Williams are. The Lesmos were very clean on my final run, but it's OK - fifth and sixth. Our long runs on Friday were not as good as our short runs but we'll see what happens."

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All smiles as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas pose for the top three photo. They wave to the fans before heading off to the news conference.


1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Magnussen 6) Button 7) Alonso 8) Vettel 9) Ricciardo 10) Perez

11) Kvyat 12) Raikkonen 13) Vergne 14) Hulkenberg 15) Sutil 16) Gutierrez

17) Maldonado 18) Grosjean 19) Kobayashi 20) Bianchi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

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David Coulthard points out that there was no handshake between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after they climbed out of their cars.

Kevin Magnussen improved on his final run to leapfrog McLaren team-mate Jenson Button into fifth. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel got the better of Daniel Ricciardo for a change.

Lewis Hamilton is told he has got pole position. What's his response? "Did anyone else improve?" He knows it's job done but it's tomorrow that counts.

At last, Lewis Hamilton turns his fortunes round and makes it happen in qualifying, the Briton taking his third pole position at Monza and first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.


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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Italian Grand Prix.


Nico Rosberg improves but it's not enough to steal pole position! He stays second, with Valtteri Bottas in third.

They're all back out. This is it. One final run for everybody. What has Rosberg got left?

All 10 cars head back to the pits for new boots ahead of one final run. Hamilton leads Rosberg ahead of Bottas, Massa and Button. Vettel, Alonso, Magnussen, Ricciardo and Perez complete the top 10.

It's a stunning opener from Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:24.109 which is a massive four tenths off a second quicker than Nico Rosberg. At last, a trouble free run in qualifying. Pressure well and truly on the German now.

Nico Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:24.552, just over a tenth quicker than Valtteri Bottas in second.

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Johnny Welbeck: Could be the one of the most important Q3 sessions of the season.

Suhaib: Kimi looks a bit too nervous with the Ferrari this season. He needs to step up, or out.

Sergio Perez clocks a 1:26.230 to get us off the mark. All other nine drivers are now on track, so we should have an early picture shortly.

Sergio Perez is the first man out in the Force India.


And then there were 10. Let the pole position shoot-out begin!

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Super Mario: Kimi Raikkonen doesn't look like the driver he once was.

Emma Henry: Ah! Kimi! I love you but you really aren't setting the world alight this season.

Jay McMahon: Raikkonen should hang up his gloves and return to WRC, other drivers deserve his seat.

Daniil Kvyat will start 21st tomorrow because he became the first driver to be hit with an engine-related grid penalty this season. The Russian will drop 10 places as a result of using his sixth engine.


1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Alonso 6) Button 7) Vettel 8) Perez 9) Ricciardo 10) Magnussen


11) Kvyat 12) Raiokkonen 13) Vergne 14) Hulkenberg 15) Sutil 16) Gutierrez

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Kimi Raikkonen made a mistake at the second chicane and can't improve, so he'll start tomorrow's race from 12th. That'll be disappointing for the home fans. His Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso is up in fifth.


Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for their Italian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen makes a mistake on his second run, so decides to back off before going again. Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa stay second, third and fourth.

Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil are in the drop zone, with Kimi Raikkonen on the bubble in 10th.

Lewis Hamilton gets a lap on the board - and it's a good one. A 1:24.560 is the quickest of the weekend and a tenth better than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Valtteri Bottas is third with Felipe Massa fourth and Fernando Alonso fifth. Jenson Button is sixth with Sergio Perez seventh.