Lewis Hamilton took his third pole position in a row at Monza, after out-qualifying title rival Nico Rosberg by nearly half a second.
Sebastien Vettel also beat Kimi Raikkonen to third by nine hundredths, though the margin remains nearly a second between them and the Mercedes drivers.
Hamilton was ahead by three tenths ahead of Rosberg, while Raikkonen also managed to get ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the initial Q3 runs. The gap was increased on the next run by a tenth between the two Mercedes drivers by Hamilton, while Vettel improved to third.
Daniel Ricciardo managed to beat Max Verstappen to sixth place on the grid, but Bottas beat them both and qualified in fifth by a thousandth of a second. Force India got both their cars into the top ten with Sergio Perez starting eighth and Nico Hulkenberg ninth, while Esteban Gutierrez rounds out the top ten.
Haas reaches Q3 for the first time as Massa gets squeezed out
The Mercedes drivers emerged from the pit lane on the Soft tyre, which will be the one they start on tomorrow. Hamilton was three tenths quicker than Rosberg on his first run, despite a mistake heading into the first corner.
Red Bull also set their first laps on the Soft tyre, however they didn’t have the pace to get away from the drop zone and had to go back out again to improve on the Super Soft tyre.
Esteban Gutierrez also improved, which put Haas F1 into Q3 for the first time this year for the team. Those improvements put Perez in the drop zone, but he improved in the closing stages to knock out Felipe Massa who starts ahead of Fernando Alonso, Pascal Wehrlein, Jenson Button and Carlos Sainz.
Romain Grosjean managed to qualify ahead of Alonso, but because of a gearbox change after a spin in Practice 3, he take a five-place grid penalty and start from 16th place.
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The Ferrari drivers set their lap times on the Soft tyre in the opening stages of the session, which meant that they had an extra set of Super Soft’s to play with in Q3.
Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Pascal Wehrlein were the drives who improved on their lap times to demote Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Nasr who suffered from a misfire, which is similar to what Sauber experienced in Belgium last week. Marcus Ericsson also dropped out along with Jolyon Palmer who out-qualified Kevin Magnussen after he went wide onto the gravel coming out of Ascari on his final run.
Wehrlein managed to get through to Q2 for the second time in a row this weekend, but while his team could celebrate they still encountered the same electrical issues with Esteban Ocon who will now start the race from the back of the grid after stopping on the exit of the first chicane midway through the session.
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