Lewis Hamilton has taken his 69th pole position in a washed out and delayed qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza which saw a shocking result for local hero’s Ferrari.
Hamilton carved through horrific conditions to put in the fastest lap in Q3 with almost zero visibility in the torrential rain.
It was a qualifying hour that almost became three. An enormous delay divided qualifying one after a red-flag was thrown when Romain Grosjean presented a prime example of the appalling track conditions, crashing into the barrier at high speed.
The Frenchmen aquaplaned along the main straight, careering into the armco and eventually coming to rest a few metres before turn one.
The red flag went on for 2-hours and 34mins, with the cars finally getting back out on track when Q1 resumed with 13-minutes and 31-seconds on the clock.
Despite the lengthy delay, the circuit was far from dry, in fact the puddles were as evident as before, but the rain had stopped and the cars were back out on track, so the fans were happy.
Hamilton will be joined on the front row by Lance Stroll in his Williams who will be the youngest man to start on the front row in Formula One at 18 years of age.
The Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo actually qualified second and third, but have both penalties against their names, therefore promoting Stroll to P2.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon qualified in an impressive fifth place while Valtteri Bottas only managed sixth.
Even more shockingly, the Ferrari’s are all the way down in seventh and eighth, Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel on Italian home-ground.
Felipe Massa took out ninth while Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in tenth position for McLaren Honda.
Sergio Perez was knocked out of Q3 in the dying stages and qualified in 11th, while Nico Hulkenberg grasped 12th, but has a 10-place grid penalty.
Fernando Alonso was only fast enough for 13th in his McLaren Honda, but will receive a 35-place grid penalty to make him even more miserable.
The Torro Rosso team-mates claimed 14th and 15th place, in the order of Danil Kvyat and Carlos Saniz, but the latter will also be knocked with a 10-place grid penalty.
Kevin Magnussen was the first man eliminated in Q1, qualifying in 16th position while a very unhappy Jolyon Palmer took out 17th for Renault, but will also have a grid penalty of 15 places added.
The two Saubers follow on, Marcus Ericsson once again out-qualifying his team mate Pascal Wehrlien, while the Haas of Grosjean who crashed out in Q1 inevitably qualified in 20th.
The Italian Grand Prix will begin on Sunday, with the weather expected to be dry.