Motor racing: Sebastian Vettel claims fourth pole position of season at Italian Grand Prix
MONZA, ITALY (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel ended Lewis Hamilton's run of four straight pole positions on Saturday, when he secured the prime starting spot for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
Vettel's Red Bull team swept the front row in qualifying, with Mark Webber just behind in second. Hamilton slid off the circuit during Q2 and failed to make the cut to the top 10 shoot-out, eventually qualifying in 12th.
It was Vettel's fourth pole this year and the 40th of his career, setting him up to extend his 46-point lead ahead of Fernando Alonso in the drivers championship.
The defending champion clocked a best lap time of 1min 23.755sec ahead of Webber, who recorded a best of 1:23.968. German Nico Huelkenberg delivered a stunning late lap to snatch third place for Sauber ahead of the Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.