Qualifying at Monza got underway with the sun shining brightly and the fans cheering wildly. The first session was more predictable than at Spa, with Caterham and Marussia dropping out along with Esteban Gutiérrez and Valtteri Bottas.
Q2 featured a couple of surrpises, as neither Lotus driver could make it up into the top ten, with Räikkönen qualifying 11th and Grosjean 13th. The pair were split by Lewis Hamilton, who ran massively wide at the Parabolica during a lap and then was never quite the same afterwards. Post-qualifying, he very glumly proclaimed he “drove like an idiot” and he apologised to his team.
The top ten shoot-out quite predictably went Red Bull’s way, with Vettel taking pole position ahead of Webber. Ferrari tried to use the slingshot to boost Alonso’s chances but Massa was too fast for him - Felipe qualified fourth with Alonso fifth. In between Red Bull and Ferrari was just room for another surprise. Nico Hülkenberg swept into third place with an incredible lap, and a great result for Sauber.
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References Esteban Gutiérrez, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg, Valtteri Bottas
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