Lewis Hamilton had a remarkable day on the home turf of the Ferrari, Formula One team. The pressure of racing at one of the most popular circuits in F1 did not prevent him from making pole position. Hamilton was fast, smart, and steady on the track, during the qualifying session at Monza. The Mercedes AMG driver and 2008 World Champion beat his teammate Nico Rosberg by half a second. While some who seem to focus on Hamilton not making pole position since May, they seem to forget that Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in June from sixth position. Winning pole position is a great and preferable accomplishment and should not be discounted. However, it is far more compelling and exciting to fans and viewers, when a brilliant driver like Hamilton can win from sixth position, or, as he did in Hungary, go from pit lane to a 3rd place podium finish. Not many drivers can accomplish such a task up against a field of so many champions, as Lewis Hamilton did. So the fact that he has not been a pole sitter since May does not diminish his brilliance, on the track.
The top six cars during qualifying were powered by Mercedes engines with the Mercedes team of Hamilton and Rosberg, locking up the front row. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa with Williams-Martini locked out the second, while Button and Magnussen with McLaren, will be on third.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has never been one to give up, even when starting in seventh position, at a home race, with the big bosses in attendance. Although teammate Kimi Raikkonen did not qualify in the top ten, both drivers are hoping to give the fans something to cheer about on race-day.
Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas at Circuit of the Americas on Oct 29-31.
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