Fernando Alonso has pleased the ‘tifosi’ and secured pole position for tomorrow’s Italian GP at the legendary Monza race track. The double World Champion became the quickest driver through out the session and will start the race ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and teammate in the other scarlet Ferrari, Felipe Massa. Red Bull failed to break into the top three as Mark Webber only managed fourth place. The Australian snatched that position from championship leader Lewis Hamilton from McLaren in the dying seconds of Q3.
Sixth place went to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg, Renault’s Robert Kubica and Rubens Barrichello in the other WIlliams car will start the race from seventh, eight, ninth and tenth places respectively. Seven times World Champion Michael Schumacher only managed 12th for Mercedes. Yet again, the German failed to position himself ahead of his teammate and failed to get into Q3.
Lotus Racing did well today as both drivers achieved 18th and 19th places. Local driver Jarno Trulli is ahead of Hekki Kovalainen while Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi is 20th. He will start the race ahead of both the Virgin and Hispania drivers. Today was Ferrari’s first pole in Monza since 2004 with Rubens Barrichello.
Alonso’s pole which could also lead to a race win brings him back into the contention for the Driver’s title. He is exactly 41 points behind leader Hamilton. Its definitely cooking up to be an exciting race tomorrow as the championship is still open. Both Ferrari and McLaren will definitely have a good fight while one should not discount the Red Bulls too!