Hamilton on pole as Alonso falters

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at Monza as his chief weekend rival Fernando Alonso slumped to tenth on the grid after a technical problem wrecked his Q3 chances.
 
After Michael Schumacher posted the fastest time in the weekend’s opening practice session, Alonso and Hamilton had duelled for supremacy in each of the following session, with Hamilton winning out from third-placed Alonso in FP2 and again in FP3 – though in the final practice hour he eclipsed the Spaniard by just 1000th of a second. 
 

Hamilton stays on top in Monza

After topping the afternoon timesheet yesterday, Lewis Hamilton maintained his grip on the free practice session in Monza, the McLaren driver running quickest in FP3 with a lap of 1:24.578.
 
The Briton was pushed hard by Fernando Alonso, however, with the Ferrari driver ending the one-hour session just a thousandth of the second behind Hamilton.
 

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