Formula One: Lewis Hamilton clinches seventh straight pole at Italian Grand Prix

 British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP reacts at the end of the qualifying session at the Italian Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, 5 September 2015. Hamilton took the pole position ahead of Ferrari Formual 1 drives Raikkonen an
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP reacts at the end of the qualifying session at the Italian Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, 5 September 2015. Hamilton took the pole position ahead of Ferrari Formual 1 drives Raikkonen and Vettel, second and third best time. The 2015 Formula One Grand Prix of Italy will take place on 6 September 2015.PHOTO: EPA

MONZA, ITALY (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen joining him on the front row.

The pole was Hamilton's 11th in 12 races, and seventh in a row for the Briton, and the 23rd in succession for reigning champions Mercedes - one short of the record set by the Williams team in the 1992-93 season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified third for the team's home race while Hamilton's German team-mate Nico Rosberg will start in fourth place after having to use an older engine with reduced power.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 28 points in the drivers' championship.