Lewis Hamilton took pole position at Monza, but an hour after qualifying it had already emerged that he will make an extra pitstop in the Italian grand prix.

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at Monza, but an hour after qualifying it had already emerged that he will make an extra pitstop in the Italian grand prix.

The FIA will confirm the news with the official race-start fuel weights later on Saturday afternoon, but it is certain that the reigning world champion headed into Q3 with a two-stop race strategy.

"I don't think we anticipated to be as quick this weekend," said the McLaren driver, who said he is looking forward to seeing the car weight list.

Championship leader Jenson Button, on the other hand, will stop just once on Sunday, meaning he was happy with his sixth position, one place behind his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello.

The two title-charging Red Bulls were the slowest cars in Q3.

"Sixth is a good position. We're heavy," Button told the BBC, and his boss Ross Brawn agreed that fifth and sixth leaves the Brackley team in a "perfect position" for the race.

It is believed that Adrian Sutil, Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen - the other three cars ahead of the Brawns - will also make two pitstops at Monza.

Meanwhile, Hamilton appeared to block Sebastien Buemi in Q1, but Toro Rosso seemed unlikely to take the matter to the stewards, with Giorgio Ascanelli admitting his cars are at the back of the grid because "we deserved to be".

Qualifying Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

1

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:23.375

1:22.973

1:24.066

2

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:23.576

1:23.070

1:24.261

3

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

1:23.349

1:23.426

1:24.523

4

Heikki Kovalainen

McLaren-Mercedes

1:23.515

1:23.528

1:24.845

5

Rubens Barrichello

Brawn-Mercedes

1:23.483

1:22.976

1:25.015

6

Jenson Button

Brawn-Mercedes

1:23.403

1:22.955

1:25.030

7

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Force India-Mercedes

1:23.578

1:23.207

1:25.043

8

Fernando Alonso

Renault

1:23.708

1:23.497

1:25.072

9

Sebastian Vettel

RBR-Renault

1:23.558

1:23.545

1:25.180

10

Mark Webber

RBR-Renault

1:23.755

1:23.273

1:25.314

11

Jarno Trulli

Toyota

1:24.014

1:23.611

 

12

Romain Grosjean

Renault

1:23.975

1:23.728

 

13

Robert Kubica

BMW Sauber

1:24.001

1:23.866

 

14

Giancarlo Fisichella

Ferrari

1:23.828

1:23.901

 

15

Nick Heidfeld

BMW Sauber

1:23.584

1:24.275

 

16

Timo Glock

Toyota

1:24.036

 

 

17

Kazuki Nakajima

Williams-Toyota

1:24.074

 

 

18

Nico Rosberg

Williams-Toyota

1:24.121

 

 

19

Sebastien Buemi

STR-Ferrari

1:24.220

 

 

20

Jaime Alguersuari

STR-Ferrari

1:24.951

 

 

 

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