Raikkonen takes pole, Vettel 2nd, to boost Ferrari at Monza

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Surprisingly, it was Kimi Raikkonen who edged his teammate and title hopeful Sebastian Vettel in qualifying on Saturday to clinch only his second pole position in 10 years.

They all got another flying lap in - and in reverse order, the track record was broken again, by Hamilton, Vettel, and finally Raikkonen, who took pole - his first at Monza in 12 years, benefiting from being in his team-mate's slipstream.

Sauber later confirmed their driver was uninjured following the scary shunt, and although they remained tight-lipped on what caused Ericsson to stray off the track. Vettel opened his radio channel to immediately complain about the incident, but by lap six the stewards had already confirmed there would be no further action taken.

However, his day was almost ended prematurely when he took a trip through the gravel trap at the Parabolica, clipping the barrier before finding his way back to the pits.

Hamilton has 67 victories from 221 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Schumacher (91). We can only do our best and see where we end up on Sunday. The balance is still not ideal, but we can work for tomorrow.

"The vehicle has been working well".

"This morning there was a little problem with the auto". Obviously I spend quite a bit of time there, but racing in Italy is special for us with Ferrari.

When asked after the Belgian Grand Prix if now was the right time to install Bottas as number two, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "I hate to do that".

"We have a different style, but I miss him a lot".

"It has been a big battle for a number of races now, and they have had a small advantage since the middle of the summer, but we are pushing as hard as we can to overcome that".

At 38 years and 320 days Raikkonen is also the oldest pole sitter at an F1 race since 41-year-old Nigel Mansell started from the front at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. The Swede lost control of his vehicle at 350 kph (220 mph) and crashed into the barriers on the left of the track before rolling over four times.

The vehicle came to rest the right way up and Ericsson was able to get out before being taken to the medical centre and then returning to the Sauber garage after being given the all-clear.

As the cars began to filter out of the pit lane, a black cloud threatened overhead. McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris had his second Friday practice outing, after Belgium, in the morning but clocked the slowest time after running when the rain was heavy.

It was Ferrari's first pole on home soil at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza since 2010 and Raikkonen's first pole in 12 years.

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