Hamilton earns Italian GP pole

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 08, 2012

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes faces questions from the media in the paddock during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix after finishing fastest in qualifying, with teammate Jenson Button giving McLaren a one-two finish. Hamilton took his fourth pole of the season amid speculation about his possible switch to Mercedes. His time of 1 minute, 24.010 seconds was just more than a tenth of a second faster than Button's. Ferrari's Felipe Massa was third. Championship leader Fernando Alonso had another disappointing day. The Spaniard, just a thousandth of a second behind Hamilton in the final practice, will start in 10th position.
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