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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Round 10 Qualifying: Exciting prelude to a gripping finale

The suspense leading up to the title decision in the Porsche Mobil 1 Sueprcup is growing: In qualifying for the last round of the season on Sunday in the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza, five drivers are running at the front, all with chances to take home the overall win. Austria's Norbert Siedler driving for VELTINS Lechner Racing secured his third pole position of the season. At the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which is based on the street-legal lightweight Porsche 911 GT3 RS sports car, the Bahrain winner was only twelve-thousandths of a second faster than the Hermes Attempto Racing pilot, Kévin Estre from France.

While Norbert Siedler only marginally improves his position in the title race with the two extra points for his pole-setting performance, the front row spot could possibly be decisive for Kévin Estre. Title defender René Rast (Germany), who leads the championship by just one point ahead of Estre, only managed to post the fourth quickest time in qualifying behind Sean Edwards (Konrad Motorsport) from Great Britain. The situation heading into the title decider on Sunday is as follows: Should either Kévin Estre or René Rast finish tomorrow's sprint amongst the first six, the champion will be the one who beats the other to the flag. Norbert Siedler and Sean Edwards also hold an outside chance on Sunday, as does Denmark's Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing), who qualified on the fifth grid spot. These pilots could only snatch championship honours if both René Rast and Kévin Estre finish amongst the backmarkers.

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Hamilton sizzles, Alonso fizzles in Monza Qualifying

hamilton_and_buttonLewis Hamilton took a sensational pole position in Monza with a stunning lap while Jenson Button qualified in 2nd place as the British duo locked out the front row for McLaren for the 3rd time this season. Felipe Massa brought home his Ferrari in 3rd place as the Brazilian out-qualified his teammate Fernando Alonso for the first time this season.

Paul di Resta took a surprise 4th place for the Force India team while Sebastian Vettel in 6th place was sandwiched the Mercedes duo of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen the lone Lotus in Q3, qualified in a lowly 8th place as the Lotus ace barely found pace during qualifying to compete for glory.

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Lotus on the back foot as Raikkonen starts 7th post Monza qualifying, d'Ambrosio 15th

The Lotus F1 team had a tough Qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with lead driver Kimi Raikkonen only managing a 7th place starting position on the grid for Sunday's race. Stand-in driver Jerome d'Ambrosio acquitted himself creditably, six tenths down on the Finn in 15th place.

The Enstone outfit were without their regular driver Romain Grosjean due to a race ban handed out in Belgium. The team were down on pace at a circuit where engine power is premium, their Renault powerplants down on grunt compared to Mercedes and Ferrari.

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McLaren ace Monza qualifying to lock out front row, Hamilton on pole

Lewis Hamilton turned out a stunning lap to grab pole position at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this afternoon, as Jenson Button made it a 1-2 for McLaren Mercedes with his final timed lap of Q3. The McLarens were lent a helping hand by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso suffering a rear roll-bar problem, the scarlet cars being their closest competitors all weekend.

Hamilton, who set the fastest laps in the latter two free practice sessions, was on the money from the outset, finishing second fastest in the first session. He followed that slower tour to make 4th on the board in Q2, and in the final session put up a glorious lap on his first run, a 1:24.010 time which was not bettered by anybody including himself.

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Mercedes in strong showing at Monza with P4 and P6, Schumacher ahead of Rosberg

The works Mercedes AMG team were the slowest of the Mercedes powered teams in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza today, but start a high fourth and sixth owing to the superior powerplants.

The team's recent poor performances were for once mitigated at the track which rewards high speed in the straight line, which the Silver Arrows had plenty of this weekend.

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Ferrari on the pace in Italian GP Qualifying before Alonso problem, Massa brings his car in Third

Scuderia Ferrari were looking serious contenders for pole position for their home race in Monza, but their challenge came unstuck with Fernando Alonso suffering a rear anti-roll bar failure at the beginning of the final session. Felipe Massa put up a strong third fastest time on the board to start in his highest position since last year’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The afternoon saw a good bit of slipstreaming tag-team action from the Ferrari drivers as they took turns giving the other a tow on the straights. The lead car scattered air and the car in its wake experienced lesser drag as a result.

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Vettel salvages fifth for Red Bull in Monza qualifying, Webber to start eleventh

Red Bull Racing were uncompetitive in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this afternoon, the team lacking straight-line speed at the fastest circuit on the calendar. Sebastian Vettel cut his losses with a strong fifth place, while Mark Webber failed to make it into Q3 by six hundredths of a second.

In a car that was 10mph slower than the top runners in the speed trap, Vettel was 7th in the first session. An improved lap only garnered a 9th spot in Q2, but ensured safe passage to the final session where a slower lap (1:24.802) put him sixth on the board, the fastest Renault powered car on the grid. A penalty to Paul di Resta ahead of him for a gear box change moves the world champion up to 5th. The German will be encouraged about his prospects by the Red Bull’s better race pace in comparison to qualifying.

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