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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Italian Grand Prix, round 12 of the Formula 1 World Championship and the last leg of the European season.
The reigning world champion now gives himself a great chance of extending his championship lead at Monza on Sunday.
German Vettel, champion for the last three seasons, took the 40th pole position of his career with a time of 1:23.755.
Vettel won at Ferrari's home track in 2011 but that has been Red Bull's only podium here since they joined the sport in 2005.
However they have a 1-2 on the grid with Mark Webber while Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise third ahead of Vettel's main championship rival Fernando Alonso.
Vettel holds a 46-point lead over Spaniard Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton's quest for a fifth successive pole position did not go beyond Q2 as the Mercedes driver was only 12th fastest.
Race stewards hit Force India driver Adrian Sutil with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Hamilton during qualifying, as confirmed by skysports.com's Pete Gill.
Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen - fourth in the Championship standings and one place behind Hamilton - also missed the final stanza of the qualifying process after ending in 11th place.
The full times can be found on the Eurosport website.