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  1. Hamilton on pole, Raikkonen 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Rosberg 4th after changing back to older engine
  3. Massa 5th, Bottas 6th, Perez 7th, Grosjean 8th
  4. Hulkenberg 9th, Ericsson 10th
  5. Verstappen's engine cover disintegrates
  6. Both McLarens, Manors, Verstappen out in Q1

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Red for danger?

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Lewis Hamilton on pole. Nothing unusual about that, but what is unusual is that for the first time in 27 races he hasn't got his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in close company.

Instead, it will be a different face alongside Hamilton, one he hasn't seen so high up the grid since 2013 - Kimi Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, is primed to pounce from third.

The Tifosi will want to see a Ferrari fight tomorrow, will they oblige? Join us tomorrow 11:30 BST to find out.

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Well done Seb and Kimi! Hopefully we can be 1st and 2nd tomorrow. #F1 #Monza #bbcf1

As long as lewis gets through the first couple of corners in 1st place no one will catch him. #bbcf1

Red Bull's bad day

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Almost time for us to wrap up, but it is worth mentioning that Red Bull failed to get a car through to Q3 for the first time since Brazil 2008, David Coulthard's last race in F1.

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The wait goes on for a non-Mercedes pole. Ferrari fans won't care though. They know they've got a great chance of seeing their team put up a fight tomorrow, and will be especially buoyed by Lewis Hamilton's pretty poor starts in some of the recent races.

Andrew Benson's qualifying report is up and you can have a read here.

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Nice to see the Ferrari drivers in P2 and P3 for tomorrow's Italian GP. Hope that they can challenge for the win #bbcf1

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Here's the top four's lap times from qualifying. Fourth is undoubtedly a big blow for Nico Rosberg, who heads into the race already 28 points behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship.

Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, is on the front row for the first time since 2013. He qualified second at the Chinese Grand Prix that year, finishing in the same position in the race.

Kimi Raikkonen
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2013 Chinese GP qualifying
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I'm very happy. The guys have done a great job with the car and we have improved reliability really well.

Lewis Hamiton, first on the grid

We expected a strong weekend, knew this place is not our strongest and the car turned out to be pretty good. Nice to be here, its a home race for us. This was our best qualifying performance this year as a tam and will try and have another go tomorrow to get a good result tomorrow.

Kimi Raikkonen, second on the grid

Face says it all

Kimi Raikkonen
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Yes Kimi, I know it is hard to believe, but you are on the front row tomorrow.

"We'll have to fight"

Sebastian Vettel
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We have finished second and third and we are close to Lewis and that will give us confidence for tomorrow. I hope we both finish ahead of him, that would be a dream come true. But the Mercedes have serious pace which we have found out many times this year and we will have to fight and do all we can.

Sebastian Vettel, third on grid
Kimi Raikkonen
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Kimi Raikkonen has qualified in the top six at Monza  for the first time since 2009. That, incidentally, was also the last time he finished on the podium at the Italian GP, taking third.

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Lewis Hamilton is speaking now in the post-qualifying news conference, flanked by Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. It has been a while since he has experienced that.

Pole for Hamilton was his seventh in succession. He is now one short of Ayrton Senna's all-time record of eight.

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Great job Kimi! Wasn't expecting a Ferrari to beat merc... Hopefully we can have a repeat of Austria?! #bbcf1 #F1 #Monza

Closing in on a record

Damon Hill in action for Williams during the 1993 Hungarian GP
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Mercedes have taken their 23rd pole position in succession, leaving them one short of Williams' all-time mark of 24, set over the 1992/93 seasons.

Can anyone not see them breaking that record?

Qualifying result

11) Maldonado 12) Nasr 13) Sainz 14) Kvyat 15) Ricciardo 16) Button 17) Alonso 18) Stevens 19) Merhi 20) Verstappen  

Penalties still to be applied

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

That was a fantastic qualifying session with no drivers making big errors. Great battle lined up for tomorrow. Really strong comeback from Ferrari, didn't have pace in Spa, here they genuinely have the speed.

Qualifying top 10

1) Hamilton 2) Raikkonen 3) Vettel 4) Rosberg 5) Massa 6) Bottas 7) Perez 8) Grosjean 9) Hulkenberg 10) Ericsson

Chequered flag

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Nico Rosberg can't better Kimi Raikkonen's effort! Raikkonen is on the front row at Monza!

Final qualifying ends

The chequered flag is being waved and Sebastian Vettel briefly goes second fastest, but then Kimi Raikkonen goes faster! Raikkonen is set to be on the front row, but Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are coming round...

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DING DING! Round two as the drivers head out for one final lap.

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

Ferrari have not had a pole at Monza since Fernando Alonso in 2010. It would be massive if they could get one car and maybe two in front of Rosberg.

Sebastian Vettel
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The Ferrari fans like that! Huge cheers and vigorous flag waving as Sebastian Vettel currently sits second fastest after that first effort. Kimi Raikkonen third fastest.

Could we be on course for a Ferrari on the front row at Monza?

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

All out of that excitement left Rosberg in sixth place, he is struggling to find the balance to attack the lap.

Nico Rosberg dips below 1:24 to briefly go top but he quickly tumbles down the timing board to sixth as Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen all go faster.

It is Hamilton who leads the way after that, with a 1:23.397. Everyone heads back in to prepare for one final attempt of locking down a strong position on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton's pole time from last year - a 1:24.109 - has already been beaten. The Briton heads on out, with Nico Hulkenberg already out there and he puts a first time of this session on the board with a 1:25.317.

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

Lewis Hamilton looks unstoppable, but it is the fight behind between the two Ferraris and Rosberg - there is nothing to separate them.

Final qualifying starts

Right then. Here we go. The top-10 shootout is under way. Will it be a Mercedes on pole? Or can Ferrari give their fans something to cheer about?

Time to find out.


1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Raikkonen 4) Rosberg 5) Massa 6) Bottas 7) Perez 8) Grosjean 9) Ericsson 10) Hulkenberg


11) Maldonado 12) Nasr 13) Sainz 14) Kvyat

No time - Ricciardo,   

Second qualifying ends

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

Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz emerge for a lap but their efforts are not good enough to get them through. Daniel Ricciardo, with his 25-place grid penalty to come, opts to stay in the garage.

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

The average speed on the lap is 160mph, which shows the high speed nature of this circuit.

Sebastian Vettel rolls out for another run as his Ferrari team-mate stays put. Nico Rosberg is also back out.

Four minutes left and it is Felipe Nasr and Romain Grosjean in danger at the moment from the 12 drivers to have set a lap time in Q2. Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are yet to venture out of their garages.

Then Kimi Raikkonen goes second fastest and you'd imagine that's Ferrari safely through to Q3, something they hadn't managed to do in three of the last five races.