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

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

  1. If the result tomorow is the same as today, then Hamilton as blown his championship and it’s all his fault. Hamilton needs a 1st or 2nd because all the other races will probably be all redbull. He blows it at the crucial points yet again, I’m really dissapointed in him, there’s no excuses

  2. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 11th September 2010, 14:51

    Great result – the only thing better than a Ferrari pole at Monza is a Ferrari win at Monza. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow for that though, hehe.

    Man of the session for me though is without a doubt Webber. With the limited running he had in practise, to not only out qualify Vettel but Lewis as well is a great result for him. If he can keep his head like this for the remainder of the season he has to be the strongest bet for the title.

  3. I have a feeling hamilton might pull off a senna tommorow…lets say 4 car’s within 2 laps? :)

  4. Joey-Poey said on 11th September 2010, 14:57

    that was… unexpected o_o

  5. SPIDERman said on 11th September 2010, 15:10

    it is highly possible that two of the top six cars will take each other out by the first corner.
    safety car situation comes in and barichelo and kubika will come into play…

  6. gwenouille said on 11th September 2010, 15:10

    The pole is on the left side of the track isn’t it ?
    Any information about that dity/clean side of grid matter ?

    I will miss the direct ! I hope I will be able to see the race later !

  7. Mclaren get on my nerves with the ” let’s be different ” strategy yet again. It’s backfired big time and ruined hamiltons title hopes barring problems for redbull

    • charlieboy said on 11th September 2010, 15:28

      Why all the doom and gloom am I the only one looking forward to a exciting race tomorrow?

      My prediction is Webber wont finish

      Vettel has a boring afternoon but no crashes for the crash kid

      Button will slide backwards over the first few laps.

      Massa and Alonso to scrap it out and another argument about team orders.

      Hamilton will get a podium and if lucky with the Ferrari fallout will get a win.

      Any bets? :P

    • SPIDERman said on 11th September 2010, 15:30

      EXACTLY…Hamilton has now been put into a situation whereby he will be chasing BUTTON again like last year…and we all know how that ended.
      it will be interesting to see the dash for the first corner and who will be surviving after the fisrt lap

    • Hang on one second. Hamilton took the safe strategy, and Button the risky obscure strategy. And this has cost Hamilton places??

      It just so happens that this risk has paid off…. So far. Let’s wait for the race tomorrow and see.

  8. “I am obviously not very happy with our qualifying today but my position is probably what my car was giving me,” said Schumacher.

    Yawn – yawn,

    Rosberg seemed to be doing OK.

  9. oh and if Hamilton doesn’t loose a front wing in the 1st corner he will be in the top three IMO.

    Would love to see Massa leading the end of lap 1, that would be so funny.

  10. Can’t stand Ferrari, or Felipe ordinarily, but I was really hoping Felipe would repeat “Chu juan” and get pole. I still hope he can jump up through from the second row tomorrow to win it. Ignore the orders.
    Surprised by Hamilton’s fifth, but unfortunately I don’t think he’ll have too many problems slipping past Mark tomorrow with the extra revs his car has, and his ability to break deeper. Web would be better off watching for Mr Impetuous behind him.

  11. I am also a bit dissappointed by Lewis’ qualifying. He should have gotten pole, P2 at least. Monza is the track he should score maximum points before we move to RBR territory. The race is tomorrow, he better pull something out of the bag then

  12. troutcor said on 11th September 2010, 20:12

    Nobody noticing a good qualifying result by Williams? Not sure they should have stopped work on the 2010 car. If they don’t make some noise now, they may not have the sponsors to do anything with that early jump on 2011. Time for them to take a step forward, or step out altogether. There’s no honor in being a sentimental favorite of the past (or of the passed).

  13. troutcor said on 11th September 2010, 20:16

    Webber, Hamilton and Vettel 4, 5 and 6? That should be interesting at the start.

  14. anthony said on 11th September 2010, 22:12

    i wonder will button be moving over for lewis lol

    forza ferrari xxxx

  15. MouseNightshirt said on 11th September 2010, 22:23

    “Yes Helmut?”
    “We need you to clip off Hamilton’s front wing”
    “What?! Why?”
    “So that he pits and Seb can get past him”
    “You gotta be kidding mate! That could puncture my tyres and would be illegal!”
    “Do it, team orders. Plus the fine is coming out of your salary, Seb wants a new jacuzzi, you know the one with the *extra* bubbles! Man it’ll be exciting… anyway, do it.”

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