F1: Raikkonen on pole as Ferrari lock-out front row for Italian Grand Prix

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Ferrari brought the home crowd to their feet during qualifying for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen taking the pole and Sebastian Vettel flanking him in second, giving Ferrari a front row lock-out in their home race.

The record-setting qualifying saw Raikkonen, Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton set and reset lap records on their first timed laps in Q3, setting the stage for a dramatic closing minutes.

Critically, Raikkonen was the last on the road of the trio, meaning he was in position to get a tow from Vettel and Hamilton.

While Hamilton improved his lap time in hopes of consolidating the pole, Vettel bettered him only a few seconds later, with Raikkonen then bettering the both of them immediately after.

The pole is Raikkonen’s first of the 2018 season, and his first since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.

Behind the Ferrari duo came the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen rounded out the top five.

Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz Jr., and Esteban Ocon take up sixth, seventh and eighth, while Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll put in stellar performances to end up ninth and tenth.

Of note: Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg advanced to Q2, but will start at the back of the grid due to grid penalties for power unit changes.

Results are below.

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