Sebastian Vettel will look to extend his massive championship lead after taking the pole for the Italian Grind Prix.
WATCH: Highlights of F1 qualifying from Italy, where Sebastian Vettel claimed his 4th pole of the season: http://t.co/SiJnyBrslV— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 7, 2013
With a lap time of 1 minute, 23.755 seconds in Monza, Vettel beat out Red Bull teammate and second-place qualifier Mark Webber by 0.213 seconds. Feel free to view the qualifying results at crash.net.
Vettel will lead his fellow drivers into action on Sunday. Check out some of the lineup and the viewing vitals, and then we'll continue the preview.
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||01:23.755||15|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||01:23.968||18|
|7.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||01:24.209||24|
|10.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||01:28.050||20|
|14.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||01:24.932||19|
|16.||Paul di Resta||Force India||01:25.077||18|
|19.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||01:26.406||9|
When: Sunday, September 6
Where: Autodromo di Monza, Italy
TV Coverage: NBCSP
After earning his fourth pole of the season, there is a lot to like about Vettel's chances. Of course, I could say that going into every race.
After all, the three-time season champion has won five of the 11 races this season. This has left him with a huge lead of 46 points in the standings over second-place driver Fernando Alonso.
Still, not everything paints a picture of dominance for Vettel this weekend.
Red Bull has not enjoyed great success at this race in recent history. While Vettel took the checkered here in 2011, that was the only top-three finish for he or any of his teammates over the past three years.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton fell off his prodigious recent qualifying form. Sitting in third in the season standings, Hamilton entered qualifying having secured the pole for the past four races.
That streak came to an abrupt halt, and it wasn't the only streak to do so.
For the first time in 67 races, Hamilton will begin the race outside of the top 10 after turning in a qualifying run that found him making public apologies:
Hamilton will look to atone for his poor qualifying effort by crossing the finish line first, and he almost has to if we wants to keep his championship hopes alive.
And to that end, every driver better hope Vettel is a little slower come race day than he was during qualifying.