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Lewis Hamilton on Pole for 2014 Italian Grand Prix

Sat, 06 Sep 2014

Lewis Hamilton on Pole for 2014 Italian Grand Prix

F1 hasn’t been kind to Lewis Hamilton in 2014, especially with Nico Rosberg running in to him at Spa, but Hamilton is back on track with his first pole position since May and, better still, he did it by leaving Nico Rosberg in second place a comfortable 0.274s behind. That performance will no doubt help Hamilton’s state of mind as he battles Rosberg for the drivers championship, but he still has a mountain to climb as Mercedes’ sanctions on Rosberg don’t include a ‘resting’ race to level the playing field. And with just seven races to go, a 29 point deficit is a big deficit to make up.

Behind the Mercedes pair, it was the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa who locked out the second row in third and fourth respectively, and the McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen did a decent job (better than expected) with Magnussen in fifth and Jenson in sixth. Fernando Alonso slotting in in seventh place.

They were followed by the Red Bulls, with Sebastian Vettel managing to get the better of last race winner Daniel Ricciardo, and Sergio Perez took the last top ten place for Force India. And despite what looked like a better setup for Kimi Raikkonen, he could only manage to put his Ferrari in  12th spot.

Will Lewis be able to hold on to first place as the race progresses tomorrow? He needs to, or his championship hopes for 2014 are probably over.

By Cars UK