Date: 11th September 2011 at 8:40am
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Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel continued their dominance of qualifying this season yesterday afternoon.

The reigning Formula One champion and current championship leader took his tenth pole position of the 2011 season at Monza.

His time of 1minute 22.275 seconds was enough to clinch his 25th career pole ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The gap that Red Bull had over McLaren seemed to surprise everybody.

‘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. Vettel told the F1 press conference after qualifying.

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were both philosophical about the gap and quickly moved their attentions to this afternoons race.

‘I didn’t have another half a second in the bag, Maybe a couple of tenths but that’s all.’ Hamilton said after making a slight mistake on his final run.

‘I agree with Lewis, we were never going to challenge Sebastian today.

‘It’s difficult to understand but we are going to concentrate on tomorrow now. We can score some good points and it’s not so important to be on pole as you have DRS.’
Button added.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will start the Italian Grand Prix in fourth position, while Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber is fifth, 0.697 seconds slower.

Massa, Petrov, Schumacher, Rosberg and Bruno Senna completed the top ten.

The back of the grid has a familiar feel, both HRT’s, then both Virgin’s, then both Lotus’s, with Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari also being eliminated in Q1.

Both Force India’s look capable of scoring points later this afternoon with Paul di Resta in 11th and Adrian Sutil 12th, just 0.052 seconds behind Renault’s Bruno Senna who sneaked into Q3.

Williams also have an outside chance of some points with both Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado around half a second behind Senna.

It was another eventful qualifying for Maldonado who had previously crashed his car in Q1, unfortunately for him he didn’t have anyone else to blame on this occasion, so instead blamed his moveable rear wing for losing control.

 

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