Fernando Alonso Gives Ferrari Pole at Italian GP

A Ferrari would be in pole position for the first time on Race Day Sunday after Fernando Alonso topped Saturday’s qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Spanish driver registered his fastest time of 1 minute and 21.962 seconds on his first run in the final session to edge McLaren’s Jenson Button, who will start second on the grid. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa gave the Italian team a better chance of getting two podium finishers by registering the third-best  qualifying time. Red Bull’s Mark Webber and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, the two main competitors for the Drivers title, will start fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was sixth, followed by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes and Nico Hulkenberg of Williams. Rounding out the top ten in the qualifying were Renault’s Robert Kubica and Williams’ Rubens Barrichello.

A win on Sunday for Alonso could revive his fading title hopes, but a bad result would most likely end his chase as there would only be five more races after the Italian GP. Alonso is currently fifth in the overall standings with 141 points. Leading the title race is Hamilton with 182 points, but he is followed closely by Webber, who has 179 points.