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Italian GP qualifying as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac

1427: I reckon it's time to sign off. The qualifying report is now up for your perusal and be sure to join me from around 1130 BST tomorrow for the race. With everything that's gone on this season, you'd be a fool to miss out. Take care, enjoy the rest of your Saturday - I'm going to go home and get out my Hugh Grant DVD collection. Bye bye.

McLaren's Jenson Button: "Big thanks to the team. We weren't sure which approach to take in terms of downforce. Our side made the right decision to run the F-duct. Qualifying was good and I was near the top all the way through and in Q3 you've got to push that little bit more. I'm happy to be second. It's the first time on the front row this season so a step forward. It's a good start and hopefully it will be a competitive race."

BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan: "It's been a big weekend for Ferrari. They may just get a win tomorrow, they look very strong."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa: "I tried a different strategy in Q3. When I put the soft tyres on in Q2, I could not do my best lap straight away - the best was my third lap. I said 'let's risk and try to do three laps', but in Q3 it didn't work as well as I expected. I was able to do one timed lap on my other set but it was not enough. We have a good car for the race - we've improved it massively."

1419: Interesting chat from Lewis Hamilton, who is not very happy with where he ended up. "It [not using the F-duct] potentially had a quite a big impact on the end result in qualifying and I'm disappointed with fifth place. The car was sliding everywhere. It was the wrong choice, a bit of a mistake, but we'll push on tomorrow."

Pole sitter Fernando Alonso: "It was a nice surprise. When I stopped in parc ferme and they say on the radio, 'you are first, but Jenson is pink in the second sector', I thought we would be second. But today was different. It's a fantastic place, to have pole position in Italy for Ferrari."

1410: This really is a big moment for Ferrari. Luca di Montezemolo was at the pit wall at the end celebrating with the tifosi in the stand on the other side of the track. I think he's happy. By the way, this is the first time a Red Bull has not been on the front row since Monza last year.

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dyrewolfe on 606: "Good thing is I can see Hamilton getting past Webber and Massa, either on track or during the pit stops."

Red Bull's Mark Webber: "I am pretty happy with qualifying and I would have taken that at the start. I was particularly despondent this morning because practice session three is an important session to learn how the car is going to react in qualifying. So we extended to a few laps on the option tyre in Q2 and we delivered, in a way, when it counted."

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Stevi555 on 606: "Tomorrow is going to be a great race, well done Button, unfortunate for Lewis but he can change all that tomorrow. Red Bull were struggling right enough... and Fernando seems to have found his mojo."

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Jenson Button has showed a lot of maturity, he has stuck with what looks like too much rear wing for Monza. With that amount of downforce, he will be handy into Turn One tomorrow."

1402: First race for Ferrari at Monza and Alonso grabs pole. Easy isn't it? That's Ferrari's first pole since Brazil in 2008. Jenson Button joins him on the front row with Massa and Webber on the second row. Hamilton will start in fifth alongside Vettel.

FERNANDO ALONSO QUALIFIES ON POLE FOR THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

1359: It's still Alonso, Button, Massa and Hamilton. One last lap now then as the chequered flag falls. This could be lively. Button and Hamilton have one more chance...

1356:BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Jenson Button has gone for a high downforce set-up in order to make the tyres work later on in the first stint during the race. "McLaren are playing the long game with Jenson Button. They think people are going to suffer with the soft tyre between laps 15-20 in the first stint and at that point, because he has got more downforce and that protects the tyres, Jenson will be better and will be able to run faster. It's a gamble as the tyres have been holding up pretty well," adds Kravitz. "I'm not sure if it is going to pay off."

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher: "We improved from yesterday to today, but it just wasn't enough. We'll see about the race tomorrow."

1354: And Alonso puts down an early marker, he goes fastest with a 1:21.962. Then it's Button (1:22.259) and Massa (1:22.547) with Hamilton fourth. Webber is fifth.

1351: Here we go - Q3. Hold on to your hats.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "The pit-lane grandstand is emptier than I have ever seen it for qualifying at any grand prix in Italy (at Monza or Imola) and the fans in it most uncharacteristically muted. There was no reaction at all when Fernando Alonso went fastest on his first run in the second part of qualifying, and there are only a couple of Ferrari banners. One says: 'Fernando ci crediamo' - 'Fernando, we believe'. The only other one I can see from here is in support of team principal Stefano Domenicali."

1348: Sir Hugh of Grant is on the box now. Asked about F1,he says: "I know nothing, I'm an idiot." Don't be down on yourself fella. You're better than that. "I fall in love very easily with cars and I've got a crush on a Ferrari at the moment," he adds. Don't know what Andie MacDowell would make of that.

1346: Sutil, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Sebastien Buemi, Petrov, Jaime Alguersuari and Pedro de la Rosa are the drivers shown the door. At the other end, Alonso was fastest, Button was second (1:22.354) with Hamilton in third (1:22.394). On the telly, BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan is speculating about Schumacher's future. Intriguing.

1343: Here comes Schumacher... and no cigar. He's 12th. More pressure on Mercedes another disappointing qualifying for the seven-time world champion.

1341: Time is running out. Schumacher has one more flying lap to save himself. Sutil's last lap is not good enough after a little twitch around the Parabolica. He fails to make Q3.

1340: Button up to fourth with a 1:22.637. Webber up to fifth, Sutil moves into 10th and Barrichello slips into the drop zone.

1338: Lots of cars on the track. Hamilton and Kubica are the only ones in the pits at the moment. Sutil and Schumacher are in danger of dropping out.

1335: Vettel posts a 1:22.833, that's good enough for fourth. BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's not looking fast enough, they need something extra now." On the lap before that Vettel puts two tyres into the gravel coming out of the Della Roggia chicane. Moment.

Hispania driver Karun Chandhok: "You're going to have to get into the 1m22s if you want to make it into Q3, 1m23s won't be enough."

1332: Alonso quickest - a 1:22.297, then it's Hamilton (1:22.394), Massa (1:22.610) and Kubica (1:122.880). Schumacher is in the drop zone.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Red Bull are not as competitive as they were three or four races ago, relatively speaking."

1327: Q2 is go - 15 minutes, the slowest seven again drop out. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Lewis Hamilton has gone out on the softer tyres, the only one of the championship challengers to do so.

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1325: And there's Hugh Grant! He's in the Ferrari garage with president Luca di Montezemolo! My goodness. With all the celebs we mentioned yesterday, it's as Hollywood as an edition of the Michael Ball show.

1323: Petrov is under investigation for blocking Glock in Q1 by the way. "I'm sure he will get a penalty," says David Coulthard. "I would imagine the stewards will take away his quickest lap time."

1320: That's your lot for Q1. The drivers relegated are Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen, Liuzzi, Glock, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto. "That's a shame for Lucas di Grassi, he was on a personal best there but at the end he looked like he was fighting an octopus," says Martin Brundle.

1317: Now Massa goes fastest - a 1:22.421. Could we have a Ferrari one-two? The tifosi would go bananas if it stayed like this. Liuzzi is out of qualifying, he says: "In the first lap of qualifying the engine lost power big time. It's a loss of pressure or something like that but it's the end of qualifying." He will be the major casualty of Q1 today.

1312: Have that. Alonso posts a 1:22.646 to go fastest. Webber is down in eighth. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "It is the first time Webber is on qualifying-level fuel. He has a lot of work to do."

1310: Lots of movement at the top end of the timesheets. Hamilton sets a 1:22.830 with Massa second (1:22.895) and Alonso third (1:23.054). "Ferrari are definitely competitive here at Monza," says BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle.

1306: First strike for Button, he sets a 1:23.693. Let's see what the other big guns have.

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the Red Button: "Vitaly Petrov came straight out of the pit lane into Timo's path - that was totally unnecessary."

1302: Virgin Racing's Timo Glock is an early starter and he gets blocked by Renault's Vitaly Petrov. The German does set a 1:31.692 but he lost a lot of time there.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "If you brake a few feet early into a corner here you'll be out of the front rows on the grid. Webber doesn't know the option tyre around here because he's had a nightmare. I've never seen a team like McLaren have two such different set-ups and strategies, unless they've been expecting rain for the race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is definitely fast and he has a great chance of being on the front row."

1300: Here we go then, Q1 is up and running.

Hispania driver Karun Chandhok on the new Korea track which he drove last week: "It's not completely done but it will be finished in time for the race. It's surprising how close the walls are. I'm not sure why. It's like a street circuit. It's similar to Valencia but with quicker corners. There are long straights with hairpins at each end which should offer good overtaking opportunities."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on Webber's problem in FP3: "It was an engine air box fire. It suffocates the engine and you lose all power. It's a rogue failure and we might have to run a slightly more conservative setting on that engine. It's nothing for us to be too concerned about."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "Force India were fancied to do well at the Italian Grand Prix - one engineer from a rival team even predicted on Thursday that they would be second fastest behind McLaren. But the team admit they are not as quick as they thought they would be and are targeting getting both cars into the top-10 qualifying shoot-out as their best hope. They - like Lewis Hamilton - have been surprised by just how quick the Ferraris are. Adrian Sutil seems to be in better shape than team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi so far."

1251: Not long to go now. Remember that all 24 drivers go in Q1, with the slowest seven dropping out. I'm going for a Hamilton pole with Vettel in second.

1249: I'm afraid I've given you a wrong steer about EJ's outfit. In the shade it did look black but now he's stepped out into the sunlight I can see that it is a shiny green affair. Can you forgive me? I'm not sure about the combination with the rust-coloured trousers but what do I know?

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Faiz81 on Twitter: "Crucial weekend for Alonso, though Hamilton really looks strong for pole."

1244: Qualifying, which begins at 1300 BST, is normally pretty important at this fast circuit. Seven of the last 10 winners have started the Italian GP from pole.

Jim Smith-Wright via text: "How about one of the Force Indias for pole? They are usually stupidly quick in a straight line>"

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn on allowing team orders: "You could do that but it [which driver you are favouring] becomes apparent within members of team and quite honestly if a driver asks me what I'm doing I can't lie to them. It's quite delicate because drivers can be a bit neurotic at times."

German artist Armin Flossdorf
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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "It was a colourful trip up to the paddock at lunchtime - and I am not referring to the guest who was cool as a cucumber standing outside Ferrari wearing lederhosen. In the Sauber motorhome, a huge canvas of Kamui Kobayashi - who turns 24 on Monday - was hung out to dry. German artist Armin Flossdorf had set about the task of whipping up an oil painting of the Japanese driver's car in just under two hours - rather than the four days it would normally take him. Flossdorf also revealed that he has sold a portrait of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna to Lewis Hamilton whilst in Monza. Nice work, Armin."

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Anon via text: "If Hamilton gets pole I hope Vettel doen't get P2 otherwise we might witness a crash at the first corner."

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MrNinjaTree on Twitter: "I hope Button does well this weekend. The Vettel incident must still be playing on his mind, but he can overcome it, I'm sure!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "Mark Webber stopped out on the track for the second time this weekend during Saturday morning practice. On Friday it was a water leak, this time it was an airbox problem, but I understand neither has caused a problem with the Australian's engine and it does not need changing. Red Bull did not expect to be competitive here, but Sebastian Vettel was fastest in practice. Webber said on Friday he had 'to find a little bit of pace myself', and missing the last 15 minutes of the session will not have helped."

1229: IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti is on the telly, giving David Coulthard a bit of grief about those trousers - back off Dario, they are the F1 uniform. Franchitti is asked who will win the 2010 F1 world championship and he replies: "Mark Webber."

Jawsredfield on Twitter: "Because I'm stupid, a Sauber for pole. Hopefully Kobi."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "It's status quo at McLaren for qualifying with Lewis Hamilton - the fastest man in final practice - opting to run for the rest of the weekend without the F-duct aerodynamic device while Jenson Button will stick with it. Team engineering chief Paddy Lowe says it is unusual for them to run a split strategy on the cars but that it comes down to driver preference. Hamilton will continue to run with an aerodynamic package suited to Monza's low-downforce circuit, which includes a rear wing with a lower angle of attack - approximately 40 degrees compared to Button's conventional rear wing, which is raised at around 70 degrees. The F-duct normally improves straight-line speed but at Monza it is helping to improve cornering speed while the flatter, Monza-spec wing actually makes the car quicker on the straights. The team add that Hamilton's set-up could make the car tricky to drive during the race when his McLaren will be filled up with fuel. In contrast, Button's choice of the regular set-up will give him more stability on corner entry and help him to protect his tyres. The team say Hamilton may have to be prepared to grapple aggressively with his McLaren - which makes grabbing pole even more important."

1221: It's all getting a bit crowded outside the Ferrari garage. The tifosi are swarming the place. I'm getting a bit worried for our telly boys. Eddie Jordan is stating that the points Fernando Alonso won in Germany after team-mate Felipe Massa let him through should be taken off him when a Ferrari mechanic walks past with a trolley load of tyres, completely blocking him out. Eddie! Where are you?

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: Monza has a great place in the history of F1. There have been some great triumphs and tragedies here."

1217: It's my favourite time of the weekend, when we see the fashion statements made by our telly boys. The BBC F1 trademark white jeans are back, thank goodness for that, with David Coulthard winning the coin toss to get them put in his locker this week. Eddie Jordan is pretty sedate, a plain black shirt. He needs to raise his game.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "As if the pressure on Ferrari was not already high enough, what with it being their home race, the spotlight of the team orders controversy and the need to score big points to get Fernando Alonso back in the title chase, it just got even more intense this morning. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo turned up in the paddock, wearing his trademark blue blazer and big-collared shirt. Di Montezemolo, who ran Ferrari's F1 team in the mid-1970s, and went on to organise the Italia '90 World Cup, is pretty close to royalty in Italy and he was surrounded, as always, by a crowd of security, acolytes, smart-suited colleagues and media. If Alonso and team principal Stefano Domenicali didn't already know the importance of a good result this weekend, they certainly do now."

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Darrell in Norwich via text: "Hi Mark. The fast nature of the Monza circuit always produces a great weekend's action. I am predicting Lewis Hamilton to get pole today."

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1206: Can anyone topple Red Bull in qualifying today? We've had 13 qualifying sessions so far and Red Bull have been on pole 12 times. Lewis Hamilton is the only non-Red Bull driver to have claimed top spot on the grid, that was in Canada. Red Bull have locked out the front row six times this season and have started the last 17 races with at least one driver on the front row. Red Bull again then?

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CorazonLatino on 606: "I'm hoping for Alonso to qualify well - preferably in the top four, then Rafa Nadal to win his semi-final at the US Open. If both of those happen today, I will be very happy."


bykimbo on Twitter: "Goodness, how do you come to know so much about the physical traits of a pregnant walrus!?"
To be fair, there was a little bit of guesswork there. I can't imagine it sounds good though. A bit like me earlier!

1159: Remember that coverage of qualifying begins at 1210 BST on BBC One and at the top of this page. You can also get in touch with me on 606, Twitter or text via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Be a love though, could you put F1 before your message as it helps me to see your texts. Ta.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "Team orders continue to be a hot topic this weekend, following the decision not to punish Ferrari further after Felipe Massa let Fernando Alonso win the German Grand Prix. It is almost certain that the rule banning team orders will be removed for next season, on the basis that it is impossible to police, although the teams are working on coming up with the best policy. Some people are not happy about that. Jenson Button even hinted on Friday that it could hasten his retirement. It should be pointed out, however, that even if team orders are allowed, it does not mean all teams will use them. And even the ones who do will only act when one driver is clearly their title contender and the other isn't. Just like happens now, in fact, expect that now they have to go through the charade that it isn't happening."

1152: In case you missed final practice, Lewis Hamilton set the pace with Vettel, Alonso, Massa and Button close behind. In truth it is very close. Mark Webber's Red Bull stopped with around 20 minutes of the session left and here's BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard with more: "Red Bull say airbox fire caused Webber to stop. No engine change."

1150: Back again. I knew you would. I do hope you are refreshed. I've just run up five flights of stairs and I'm wheezing like a pregnant walrus. I shouldn't be doing those kind of things at my age.


1121: I'm going to take a little break, if that's OK. Get the sandwiches made and the kettle on and I'll see you back here in around 20 minutes or so. Lovely.

1110: The top five drivers are separated by just 0.226 seconds. Close? You betcha. Where's your money for qualifying? Hamilton? Button? How about a Red Bull? We'll find out soon enough. The report for third practice is now up by the way, have a read here.

20ledge-kb on 606: "I'm delighted the Ferraris weren't suspended, Monza needs them."

1103:... a 1:22.545 it is. That's good enough for second for Vette, who won here with Toro Rosso in 2008. Hamilton, with his low-downforce set-up, sets the pace with that 1:22.498. Team-mate Jenson Button, who was running with the 'F-duct' aero device, ended up in fifth. Alonso was third, Massa fourth. Rosberg (1:22.946), Webber (1:23.082), Nico Hulkenberg (1:23.129), Robert Kubica (1:23.209) and Adrian Sutil (1:23.303) complete the top 10.

Chequered flag
1100: That's your lot FP3 fans. Vettel is still out though, let's see what he can do...

1057: Bang. Hamilton is shifting. There's Adrian Sutil ahead of him coming into Parabolica but the Forice India driver moves aside and the McLaren driver goes quickest with a 1:22.498. Alonso is also flying but Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber is ahead of him a bit further into the same corner. Alonso's lap is ruined. They must be friends though as Alonso gives Kobayashi a little wave as they pass. At least that's what I think he was doing.

Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry: "We hope to keep ahead of Renault [in the constructors' championship - Mercedes are fourth, Renault fifth] but not at the expense of missing out next season. Our main focus is what we can do next year. We want to protect fourth if we can but the priority is to win races next year."

1054: BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Webber's problem was 'definitely engine related'. "Webber is going into qualifying on the back foot," adds Kravitz. Alonso goes quickest - a 1:22.644, then it's Button while Hamilton is now third after a 1:22.801. By the way, The track temperature has increased by a whopping 10C over the last hour.

1049: Webber is back in the garage after hitching a lift on the back of a scooter. The driver of said scooter then asks Webber to sign his cap. The Australian obliges. Aah. Schumacher is now up to 12th with a 1:23.904, Vettel now up to second after a 1:22.849.

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Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Both drivers switching to the option tyre for the final runs."

1045: Mercedes increased the weight at the front of Michael Schumacher's car a bit earlier but it doesn't seem to doing a lot of good. The German sets a 1:24.296 which is good enough for 14th. Button is quickest after improving to a 1:22.830, Massa second (1:22.934), Hamilton third (1:22.954), Vettel fourth (1:23.002) and Alonso fifth (1:23.029).

1041: Oh dear, a Red Bull has stopped coming out of the first Rettifilo chicane. It's Mark Webber. He takes the steering wheel off and clambers out of the car, that's another ruined practice after FP2 was cut short yesterday. Team boss Christian Horner says it was a complete loss of power. No more details as yet.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Webber is running a different rear-wing set-up, which is why they have the paint on his car. He has a slot gap between the main and secondary plane that is at least 1cm bigger than Vettel has."

1039: Hamilton flying now... no he isn't, he gets blocked a little by Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi coming into the Ascari chicane. That's blown his fast lap.

1034: Whoops, Massa visits the gravel coming out of the second Lesmo corner. He then tells the team that he went 'slightly' into it which is not exactly true but what's a few yards between friends. Vettel is now second after a 1:23.002 then it's Alonso (1:23.029)... oh no, all change again - Button sets the fastest time of 1:22.858.

1031: Look sharp, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is in the team garage having a look around and meeting the troops. Do you think anyone has the guts to say: 'Mr Luca sir, could we do this a little later, we've got some work to do.'? No, I wouldn't either. Hispania driver Karun Chandhok says: "This is a huge weekend for Ferrari, it is impossible to compare what Ferrari means to Italy."

1029: The gap between the McLarens has come down. Hamilton's best is a 1:22.954, Button's is a 1:23.112. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is third after a 1:23.210... oh hang, no he isn't. Webber is after a 1:23.082.

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "If you are looking for a few pointers about who might appear in F1 next year then there is no better place than the GP2 paddock. The 2008 F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen all graduated from the GP2 ranks. I headed down to the GP2 paddock to talk to Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who leads this year's championship and he says he and his manager Nicholas Todt - who also manages Ferrari driver Felipe Massa - have been speaking to some F1 teams with a view to 2011. I also interviewed my friend Sergio Perez, who is also challenging for the title. The Mexican driver says while seats are very limited, he still hopes to be in F1 next season and that discussions are progressing well. Perez has been linked to a Sauber seat for next season. You can see more in the BBC show before qualifying, which begins at 1210 BST."

Hispania driver Karun Chandok on the Red Button: "The track temperature started at 16C and it has now crept up to 19C but that's still a long way short of yesterday's second practice. The teams and drivers need to be careful because the set-up that works this morning may not work this afternoon when the track temperature could be double."

1020: All eyes on the two McLarens. There's a bit 'of anything you can do, I can do better'. Button sets a 1:23.734 only for Hamilton to post a 1:23.076 - the gap is 0.658 seconds. Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg is third with a 1:24.073.

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Andrew from Peterborough via text: "I think Schumacher joined Mercedes team thinking he would inherit the winning car they had last year and continue the winning streak."

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BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "New engines today for all drivers except Webber, Barrichello and De La Rosa. 75 % of lap full throttle at Monza."

1014: Schumacher then sets a 1:25.857 and is told that his pace is good. His team then remind him to use his F-duct and to try his driver drink. Wonder what he's got. Ginger beer I reckon. Telly shots show a banner in the crowd saying 'thank you for comeback Michael, we feel alive again'. Nice.

1012: Virgin Racing's Timo Glock and Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher have the track to themselves at the moment. Glock sets the first time, a 1:29.334. Goody.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "McLaren are still undecided about which aerodynamic package to run in qualifying. The team will use third practice to make a final comparison ahead of qualifying at 1300 BST. Lewis Hamilton will abandon the F-duct and run with a conventional set-up to suit Monza's low-downforce track. The F-duct normally improves straight-line speed but at Monza it is helping to improve cornering speed while the flatter, Monza-spec wing actually makes the car quicker on the straights. The boffins at McLaren HQ are trying to figure out which level of wing will work well in both qualifying AND on full tanks of fuel during the race. The good news is that Hamilton and Button say both packages are close in terms of performance. But it's a complicated choice because you cannot afford to be slow on the straight in Monza, or you will be a sitting duck in the race."

1005: The Red Bulls have splattered a load of flow-vis fluorescent paint over the back of Mark Webber's car again. There's tons of it. They do it so the engineers can see how the air flows over the back of the car and BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says the team have a new lower beam on their rear wing.

1000: And we are off. It's busy. The cars pile out for their installation laps. The teams are obviously keen to get as much work in as possible.

0959: The drivers are in their cars and we are ready. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says Mercedes had some issues to sort out overnight and that they are hopeful of a 'reasonable' grid position.

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie stocks up on some caffeine
BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie stocks up on some caffeine
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "Buongiorno. The search for an espresso strong enough to ward off a chill morning led Lee McKenzie and I off into the woods of the royal park which envelop the circuit. But we were soon distracted from our coffee quest by fans cycling past on push bikes, a troop of Fernando Alonso fans trailed by fluttering red Ferrari banners and turquoise Asturias flags, to mark the Spanish driver's home region, a bunch of incongruous Scottish fans baring their knees in kilts and a mullet-haired moped rider delivering pizzas for breakfast. It's hard not to be charmed by Monza's chaotic atmosphere."

The sun is out
0951: We are getting pictures of a sun-drenched Monza now. Looks lovely. There's quite a few men with no tops on! Steady girls. I would much rather be in west London though. Really I would. Honestly.

lewishamiltonking on 606: "Morning Mark, I'm going for Lewis to take pole using the no 'F-duct' configuration."

Rachi16 on Twitter: "I could do with a bit of free practice 3 to take my mind off my stressful wedding plans. Let's hope for a good one!"

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BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "F-duct for Renault and Sauber but Force India not running it. McLaren considering split strategy. F-duct for Button, not for Hamilton."

0943: Here's your menu for today - we have third and final practice at 1000 BST for an hour with coverage on BBC 5 Live sports extra and the Red Button, with qualifying beginning at 1300 BST. Telly coverage starts at 1210 on BBC One. All of that lot is also streamed at the top of this page while, unfortunately for you lot, I'll be here tapping away in Shepherd's Bush.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "It has been another glorious morning here, with golden autumn sunshine, the mountains visible to the north and a slight chill that has now ebbed away. It's the perfect setting for what promises to be a thrilling qualifying session. Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren all appeared very close on pace and pace-setter Sebastian Vettel predicted: 'It will be tight. The gap between cars will be very small.'"

0937: To be honest I'm still feeling a little sensitive this morning after last night's desperately sad exit of Peggy 'faahhhmily' Mitchell from the Queen Vic. Bad times. She was a real landlady right? Anyway, enough of this, a quick reminder that this commentary is nothing without you, get involved via 606, Twitter or by text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. I'll be waiting.

0934: Morning all. How's tricks? Yep, the Fernando Alonso-Felipe Massa-Ferrari overtake-gate row rumbles on (snappy title that isn't it?) but more on that from my esteemed colleague Andrew Benson in a bit. Welcome one and all to third practice and qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. This could be a good one.

0930: "I don't think team orders are correct in any way. For me that's not the way it should be. If it was legal and allowed I wouldn't be very happy at all. I'd be very disappointed." Sorry Jenson, can I just clarify, do you like team orders or not?



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Results

After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Alonso seizes pole for Italian GP
11 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Button seeks Monza podium finish
10 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Ecclestone makes team orders hint
10 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel heads Ferrari duo at Monza
10 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso faces team orders grilling
09 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari escape further punishment
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
FIA rejects new team applications
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren confident of Monza form
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Webber cautious on Monza chances
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Kobayashi to remain with Sauber
07 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso not giving up on title yet
01 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel's errors 'rule out title'
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
When five became two
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Title race still open - Hamilton
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Button blames 'confused' Vettel
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1


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