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Hamilton to start in Pole at Italian Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying on his way to pole position at the Italian Grand Prix as he also equaled Brit Ayrton Senna’s pole record at Monza.

The world champion topped all three sessions and beat team-mate Nico Rosberg by nearly half a second.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth for Ferrari, with the former 0.837secs adrift of Hamilton.

The Mercedez driver afterwards said he was “incredibly proud and honoured” to have matched Senna.

However, the action was overshadowed by the announcement Jenson Button will not drive in F1 next season.

The 2009 world champion has signed a two-year contract with McLaren, but will take on an ambassadorial role in 2017 – although he could be back behind the wheel in 2018.

Behind the Ferraris, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas pipped the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to take fifth.

However, the action was overshadowed by the announcement Jenson Button will not drive in F1 next season.

The 2009 world champion has signed a two-year contract with McLaren, but will take on an ambassadorial role in 2017 – although he could be back behind the wheel in 2018.

 

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