Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position after posting the fastest time in qualifying Saturday, while Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fifth straight pole ended in disappointment and Fernando Alonso also had a difficult session.
Vettel has won the Italian GP twice and will be hard to stop after securing his 40th career pole in impressive fashion. The three-time defending Formula One champion will share the front row with teammate Mark Webber.
"Bit of a surprise to have both cars on the front row in a place where historically we've had bad years," said Vettel, whose win here in 2011 remains Red Bull's only podium at Monza. "Hopefully we'll have good race tomorrow, too. It was a tough session but we managed to get through and get a great result."
Alonso needed a strong performance but finished fifth behind his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa and Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, who was a surprising third.
Hamilton placed a lowly 12th in his Merced...