The Defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), edged out Adrian Sutil (Force India) to grab pole position for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix. Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen came in third and fourth, respectively.
"It was a very close qualifying session and I'm very happy to see
"I don't think we anticipated being as quick as we are this week, so it's a bonus for all the team."
The pole was
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will line up in third place for Sunday's race with fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen next to him in a McLaren. Unlike Sutil, both will have the benefit of a boost at the start from their KERS energy recovery systems.
Championship leader Jenson Button qualified sixth, with Brawn GP team mate and closest title rival Rubens Barrichello alongside him in fifth place.
"The car felt good and that's important. It's not just qualifying, it's the race," said Button, who had been quickest in the second session.
The Red Bulls of
Sutil's grid position was the highest of the German's career, with fast-improving Force
Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi, replacing compatriot Giancarlo Fisichella at the team, qualified seventh for his first race since he was at Toro Rosso in 2007.
"This is a great moment, a great day for me," said Sutil. "The car is amazing, really quick, unbelievable.
"It's so good for the team after the big success in Spa. We just continue it here. There's just such a different feeling in the car right now." Fisichella, who handed Force
"This morning it was my error...I could do it (in qualifying), the car was there, I just didn't manage to do a great lap," said the Italian.
There was disappointment for BMW-Sauber, with both
Date created : 2009-09-12