Sebastian Vettel continued his domination of the Italian Grand Prix weekend by claiming a stunning pole in qualifying.

The German's 1:23.758 saw him beat team-mate Mark Webber as only the Red Bull's could beat the 1:24 barrier.

In a session full of surprises, Nico Hulkenberg claimed a shock third for Sauber ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari.

Ferrari's plan of slipstreaming on the long straights backfired as Fernando Alonso fell too far behind his team-mate and ultimately failed to beat his team-mate taking fifth.

Nico Rosberg was Mercedes top driver in sixth as the German team, having dominated qualifying this year, failed to impress.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed seventh for Toro Rosso ahead of the two McLarens Sergio Perez ahead of Jenson Button while Jean-Eric Vergne completed the top 10 in his Toro Rosso.

Monza is well known for producing one of the closest grids of the year and that was true again this year as a number of midfield drivers made it into the top 10, that means some surprise names were knocked out in the second part of qualifying.

The most notable was Lewis Hamilton, who after making a mistake on an earlier lap, couldn't find the time when he needed it and his run of four straight poles ended with a disappointing 12th.

The two Lotuses also failed to make Q3, Monza's long straights do not play to their strengths and it showed as Kimi Raikkonen could only take 11th with Romain Grosjean 13th.

Behind them was Adrian Sutil, the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Sutil's team-mate Paul di Resta.

The close battle in the midfield was repeated in the opening segment as a good battle between the Williams' and Esteban Gutierrez ended with the Mexican and Valtteri Bottas eventually joining the two slower teams in being knocked out.

Giedo van der Garde was the fastest of those four cars ahead of Charles Pic, the Marussia's of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton will line up on the back row.

Back at the front however, Vettel will head into Sunday as the man they all have to beat, one factor could be the weather as the glorious sunshine of Friday and Saturday is set to be replaced by rain on race day.

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