Red Bull Racing Dominate at Monza
The sun shone at Monza as the drivers took to the legendary circuit for qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso wanted to put on a good show for the home fans in his Ferrari setting an early time of 1:24.938. Jean Eric Vergne soon topped that with a 1:24.630.
With five minutes of the first session remaining, Adrian Sutil was struggling in the drop zone with his team mate Paul Di Resta also on the verge of dropping into it.
Out in Q1 were: Esteban Gutierrez, Valtteri Bottas, Giedo Van Der Garde, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton
Red Bull driver for 2014 Daniel Ricciardo lead the way in Q2 in his Toro Rosso with a 1:24.746 at the start of the session.
Lewis Hamilton ran it wide at the exit of the Parabolica but managed to keep his Mercedes on track looking to get into the top ten.
With six minutes of the session remaining Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber still hadn’t left their Red Bull garage to set a time. On Webber’s first flying lap he went second just behind Alonso, while Vettel went quickest with a 1:23.977.
The pressure was on Hamilton to get into Q3 and with less than a second covering the top ten, he was struggling in traffic on his last flying lap and failed to continue qualifying.
Losers in Q2 were: Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Adrian Sutil, Pastor Maldonado, Paul Di Resta
Ferrari were looking for a change of fortune and to get on the front of the grid. But Red Bull wanted to spoil that in Monza and with four minutes remaining, Vettel was on provisional pole with a 1:23.859.
Vergne had a big off on the exit of the Parabolica at the end of the session, but nobody could knock Vettel off the top spot. The surprise of qualifying was Nico Hulkenberg who took third in his Sauber.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Mark Webber
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Felipe Massa
- Fernando Alonso
- Nico Rosberg
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Sergio Perez
- Jenson Button
- Jean Eric Vergne