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Last Updated: Saturday September 12 2009 13:33 GMT

Lewis gets pole position in Italy

Lewis Hamilton driving during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza

Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton sped round the track at Monza to claim pole position for the start of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver stormed to the front of the grid with a late qualifying lap time of one minute 24.066 seconds.

It shaved 0.195 seconds off of Adrian Sutil's fastest time, pushing the Force India driver into second place.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will start third on the grid ahead of Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

Jenson Button, who's leading the driver's championship by 16 points, will start in sixth place, behind his Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button will be hoping to finish higher than his starting position of sixth place

After a storming start to the season, Button's failed to finish in the top three for the past five races.

But the Italian Grand Prix is expected to be a closely fought race as the drivers try out different tactics.

The Brawn team are only stopping once during the race to refuel and change tyres, whereas Lewis Hamilton and some of the other teams at the front of the grid will be making two pit-stops.

It's thought that could give Button the chance he needs to move further up the field and defend his championship lead.