Mighty Vettel stuns rivals takes Italian GP pole

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday 9 September 2011.

Sebastian Vettel will start the Italian GP from pole position

Sep.10 (PVM) World champion Sebastian Vettel stunned his rivals with a mighty final lap in qualifying to claim pole position for the Italian Grand Prix by almost a half second.

Top three in qualifying (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (second), Sebastian Vettel (pole winner) and Jenson Button (third)

Top three in qualifying (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (second), Sebastian Vettel (pole winner) and Jenson Button (third)

The Red Bull driver was in imperious form throughout qualifying, totally hooked up for Q3 when it mattered to take his 25th career pole position and his ninth of this season.

Vettel said afterwards, “We thought it would be much closer than that. We knew we had more time in the car and I had some cars in front which always helps in Monza, but we did not think we would be on pole by such a big margin at a track that for the last two years did not suit us. We have quite a racy approach, so I’m happy.”

Lewis Hamilton was expected to challenge for pole position but the end he admitted that the Mclaren MP4/26 simply did not have a half second in it to usurp Vettel.

The 2008 world champion said, “I didn’t have another half a second in the bank, maybe two or three tenths. Sebastian was mega quick today. That was untouchable.”

Jenson Button was third, and if anyone can challenge Vettel at Monza on arce day it is likely to be one of the McLaren pair, but in qualifying they could not match the runaway championship leader.

Ferrari fans were out in force for qualifying at Monza

Ferrari fans were out in force for qualifying at Monza

Button commented, “We were never going to challenge Seb. The strange thing is they don’t look like they’re carrying a lot of wing, but they’re still half a second quicker than us in the second sector, which is the high-speed corners. Difficult to understand.”

Fourth fastest was Fernando Alonso, carrying the hopes of the Ferrari faithful,  but falling short of matching the sensational pole position he scored last year and by his own admissionthe 150 Italia lacking performance to match the pace setters.

Alonso said, “We didn’t find the right balance or speed all weekend, yesterday we struggled with balance and top speed, today we are lacking a bit of braking stability and top speed. That was the negative part of the weekend that we are never happy with the car. But fourth is a good result, it opens us a possibility of the podium, which is very good news regarding how the weekend went.”

Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber, who has yet to win this season, lines up fifth alongside Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and ahead of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov who will start seventh and five times grand prix winner at Monza Michael Schumacher starts his Mercedes GP from eighth.

His team mate Nico Rosberg heads up the fifth row with the ninth fastest time in the session with Brazilian Bruno Senna alongside him, in his second race with Renault, will again start in the top 10.

At the very tail of the field rookie Daniel Ricciardo, for the first time, out-qualified his much more experienced HRT team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. A good effort by the young Australian who endured a host of problems during the practice sessions which seriously compromised his track time.

Saturday, 10 September – Qualifying

Pos No



Q1 Q2 Q3


1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:24.002 1:22.914 1:22.275 15
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.976 1:23.172 1:22.725 16
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.013 1:23.031 1:22.777 17
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.134 1:23.342 1:22.841 18
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:24.148 1:23.387 1:22.972 14
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.523 1:23.681 1:23.188 17
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.486 1:23.741 1:23.530 19
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:25.108 1:23.671 1:23.777 13
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.550 1:23.335 1:24.477 17
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:24.914 1:24.157 20
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.574 1:24.163 15
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.595 1:24.209 18
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:24.975 1:24.648 19
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:24.798 1:24.726 16
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.113 1:24.845 17
16 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:25.164 1:24.932 18
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.879 1:25.065 16
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:25.334 11
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:26.647 12
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:27.184 13
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.591 9
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.609 11
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:28.054 12
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:28.231 11
Q1 107% Time 1:29.854


  • aknit

    Well, I guess nobody can say, any longer, that the Redbull has no straight line speed. To be on pole both at Spa and Monza – something is going their way. If it’s the aerodynamics, good on them. If it’s the engine, well, I guess the Renault power plant isn’t as deficient as some may, then, think.

    Let’s see how it shapes out during the race, tomorrow.

  • Twiinz

    Both Maclaren and Ferrari have a solid race pace, so I think it will be closer than qualifying seemed. Maybe Mercedes and Renault will get in the mix in the top 5. Should be fun to watch. Last year was a classic tight fight with Button and Fernando.