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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Italy: Qualifying

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari is seen in parc ferme after finishing first during qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2010 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso took a home pole for Ferrari and to the delight of the tifosi, while Jenson Button's decision to run his McLaren with a steeper wing and use the F-duct paid off with for second on the grid.

Button's McLaren teammate, Lewis Hamilton, who opted for straight-line speed, could only muster fifth.

Alonso teammate Felipe Massa starts third, next to Mark Webber, starting fourth in the first of the Red Bulls.

Sebastian Vettel starts sixth.

Note: Renault's Vitaly Petrov was hit with a five-place grid penalty for impeding Virgin’s Timo Glock during Q1. He drops to 20th.

Provisional Grid
  1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
  3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
  4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault
  5. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
  6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault
  7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
  8. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth
  9. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault
  10. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth
  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes
  12. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes
  13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari
  14. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
  15. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
  16. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari
  17. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth
  18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth
  19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India - Mercedes
  20. Vitaly Petrov* (Russia) Renault
  21. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth
  22. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth
  23. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT - Cosworth
  24. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth

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