Monza: Lewis Hamilton proved the furore surrounding his future is firmly at the back of his mind by grabbing pole for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton will lead away an all-McLaren front row at Monza as teammate Jenson Button, runner-up in this race on the last three occasions, starts second, the duo split by a tenth of a second. The 2008 world champion timed 1min 24.010sec to secure his fourth pole of the season ahead of compatriot and teammate Jenson Button, who won last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix and recorded a fastest time of 1:24.133.
Hamilton had got into trouble with his team and angered Button when he tweeted secret details of their telemetry at last weekend’s race which had to be removed as it handed their rivals vital information.
Hamilton barely showed a glimmer of emotion after completing the team’s third all front row for McLaren this season. He said: “Congratulations to the team. I managed to get a half-decent lap at the end of Q3, and it’s great to have me and Jenson on the front.”
Asked as to the distractions this week, with speculation linking him with a move to Mercedes, Hamilton was dismissive. “I haven’t had any distractions this weekend, so it’s been quite positive, enjoying the support of my family and friends,” added Hamilton.