Hamilton beats Rosberg to Italian GP pole

Sat Sep 6, 2014 10:11am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA Italy (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton set himself up as favorite for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix after beating championship-leading team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position on an all-Mercedes front row.

Mercedes-powered cars filled the top six slots after Saturday qualifying, with Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa together on the second row and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button fifth and sixth.

The pole, on a sunny afternoon at the historic Monza circuit near Milan, was 2008 world champion Hamilton's fifth of the season and 36th of his career.

"We've done this as a team and it's great to have another one-two for the team," said Hamilton, who is 29 points adrift of Rosberg in the championship after they collided in Belgium two weeks ago.

That incident has been the talk of Formula One, with Rosberg taking the blame for a coming together that led to Hamilton's retirement at Spa.


Mercedes bosses have told both drivers that such a collision, which robbed the team of a likely one-two finish, must not happen again but neither driver said much had changed really.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a curve during the third practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi