Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were smiling at sunny Monza on Saturday afternoon, after locking out the front of the grid for the Italian grand prix.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were smiling at sunny Monza on Saturday afternoon, after locking out the front of the grid for the Italian grand prix.

It was Alonso's first ever pole in a red car, and Ferrari's first qualifying triumph in 30 races.

The result is also Button's first front row of the season, as Lewis Hamilton in the sister McLaren was left ruing a setup "mistake".

He was running without McLaren's famous F-duct, while Button stayed with the concept despite having to use an unconventionally big rear wing for the ultra high speed circuit.

Ultimately, the reigning world champion was just a tenth off Alonso's pole, stranding Hamilton six tenths behind in fifth.

"It was the wrong choice," the 2008 world champion admitted to BBC television. Button agreed: "Our side made the right decision."

Championship leader Hamilton's biggest title rival Mark Webber was also smiling, despite qualifying just fourth.

He qualified two places ahead of Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, after two practice breakdowns, including an airbox fire on Saturday morning that stopped his engine.

"We might have to run a slightly more conservative setting on that engine," admitted team boss Christian Horner. "It's nothing for us to be too concerned about."

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.646 1:22.297 1:21.962 23
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.085 1:22.354 1:22.084 21
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.421 1:22.610 1:22.293 25
4 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:23.431 1:22.706 1:22.433 26
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.830 1:22.394 1:22.623 17
6 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:23.235 1:22.701 1:22.675 23
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:23.529 1:23.055 1:23.027 23
8 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:23.516 1:22.989 1:23.037 23
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:23.234 1:22.880 1:23.039 18
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.695 1:23.142 1:23.328 26
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.493 1:23.199 16
12 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:23.840 1:23.388 19
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.273 1:23.659 17
14 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:23.744 1:23.681 19
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.086 1:23.819 17
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:24.083 1:23.919 19
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.442 1:24.044 16
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.540 10
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.742 11
20 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:25.774 3
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.934 11
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.974 10
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.847 11
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:27.020 10

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2010 Italian Grand Prix QUALIFYING - RESULTS