MONZA, Italy — Sebastian Vettel was poised to extend his big Formula One lead over Fernando Alonso after grabbing the pole position for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Vettel already leads Alonso by 46 points and will be confident of moving further clear of his rivals. Alonso starts Sunday’s race from fifth on the grid and Lewis Hamilton — who is third overall in the title race – from a lowly 12th.
“The car was fantastic, better than what we could expect. We had a strong pace yesterday and we were able to take that into qualifying,” Vettel said. “This year we’re obviously in strong position. We’re able to match other cars down the straight and we know that in corners we have a strong car.”