2008 Italian F1 GP – Qualifying – Vettel on pole !

Pole position for Sebastian Vettel

Pole position for Sebastian Vettel

This has been one of the most thrilling qualifying sessions I can recall. The water kept coming down on the track and some big names got themselves in trouble. There were not too many surprises in Q1, except Fisichella taking Force India to Q2 for the first time ever. But then Q2 and the fun started. Several drivers got their laps together before the weather deteriorated, some left it too late … Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica were the big casualties. Felipe Massa was the last driver to actually do a lap that was good enough for top ten after Q2. For the second race in a row Nick Heidfeld outqualified Robert Kubica, for the 3rd race in a row both Toro Rosso cars advanced to Q3. And that wasn’t the end of the story …

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest guy on track in Q3 claiming his maiden Formula 1 pole position. Sebastien Bourdais completed the best day yet for Toro Rosso team with P4. Mark Webber, another member of the extended Red Bull family will start from P3.

The best placed driver from the top teams will be Heikki Kovalainen who will start from the front row, next to pole setter Vettel. Felipe Massa only qualified sixth.

Rain or shine it promises to be very exciting Sunday in Monza tomorrow…

Italian GP qualifying results:


1. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:37.555
2. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:37.631
3. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:38.117
4. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:38.445
5. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:38.767
6. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:38.894
7. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:39.152
8. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:39.751
9. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:39.787
10. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:39.906

Q2:

11. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:36.697
12. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:36.698
13. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:37.284
14. K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:37.522
15. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:39.265

Q1:

16. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:36.510
17. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:36.630
18. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:36.653
19. J. Button – Honda – 1:37.006
20. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:37.417

Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso

Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso

Photo: Red Bull/GEPA

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  1. NieuweNo Gravatar says:

    This is going to be a good race to watch, for once the top 4 will have traffic to contend with and it will be entertaining.(probably messy too…..expecting lots of crashes..)

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      hm, having Kimi and Lewis so close toeach other so deep down the grid will be interesting :-) I really wonder how the weather will shape up. dry will work for Massa, if it is wet it may work for anyoby or against anybody :-)

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