Alonso takes Ferrari’s first pole of 2010 in Monza (Italian Grand Prix qualifying)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Monza, 2010

Fernando Alonso will start from pole position for Ferrari in tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

With Jenson Button taking second place for McLaren there is no Red Bull on the front row for the first time this year.

Felipe Massa took third place ahead of Mark Webber.


Timo Glock was the first driver out on the track but that didn’t mean he could enjoy a traffic-free run. Renault inexplicably sent Vitaly Petrov out just in time to hold up Glock as the Virgin driver reached the first chicane.

An engine problem on Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car left him stuck in 18th place and unable to progress into Q2.

The Lotus pair managed to beat Liuzzi’s time before the end of the session to take 18th but was over a second behind the next driver.

Felipe Massa was the fastest driver in the first part of qualifying ahead of his team mate and the two McLarens.


Unusually, Hamilton went out on soft tyres at the start of Q2 while his principal title rivals went out on hards. They all returned to the track after their first runs to try a lap on soft tyres.

Alonso didn’t need to, because his lap on hard tyres was quicker than Hamilton’s on softs. Hamilton ended the session third behind his team mate, who improved to second with his soft tyre lap.

Mercedes power failed to help Adrian Sutil and Michael Schumacher into the top ten – they ended up 11th and 12th.

The two Saubers and Toro Rossos were also knocked out, along with Petrov.


The Ferraris, McLarens and Red Bulls all headed out together at the start of the final ten minutes for the qualifying showdown.

Alonso became the first man to dip under the 1’22 mark, setting a 1’21.962. Meanwhile Hamilton made a mistake at the Roggia chicane, leaving him fourth behind Massa and Button.

Massa stayed out for another lap while the rest pitted, but he wasn’t able to move up from third place.

Alonso’s time proved so good that he couldn’t do any better on his next effort. Fortunately for him, nor could anyone else. Button improved to a 1’22.084 to cement second place while Massa held third.

A late improvement from Mark Webber moved him up to fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton and team mate Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull failed to get a car on the front row for the first time since last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

Full qualifying times

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.646 1’22.297 1’21.962
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.085 1’22.354 1’22.084
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.421 1’22.610 1’22.293
4 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.431 1’22.706 1’22.433
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.830 1’22.394 1’22.623
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.235 1’22.701 1’22.675
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.529 1’23.055 1’23.027
8 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’23.516 1’22.989 1’23.037
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’23.234 1’22.880 1’23.039
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.695 1’23.142 1’23.328
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.493 1’23.199
12 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.840 1’23.388
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.273 1’23.659
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.744 1’23.681
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.086 1’23.819
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.083 1’23.919
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.442 1’24.044
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.540
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.742
20 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’25.774
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.974
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.847
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’27.020
24 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.934

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