Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix in pole position after a historic qualifying drive. The Finn hasn’t started from the top of the grid on a Sunday since Monaco last season, while he hasn’t won a race since the Australian Grand Prix in 2013.
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton threatened to ruin the Ferrari party in the early stages of qualifying as he posted the quickest time, however, Raikkonen came through to steal the show on the final lap.
He has sealed his place in the history books by setting the fastest lap in Formula One history at 1:19.119 – beating the previous record of 1:19.525, which was set by Williams’ Juan Pablo Montoya in 2004.
Ferrari’s pace advantage over Mercedes allowed team mate Sebastian Vettel to secure second spot, but Raikkonen believes they will still face a challenge on Sunday.
Raikkonen said: “It’s only half the job done.
“I couldn’t think of being on pole in a better race. I am hoping tomorrow I can end up in the same position.”
Hamilton had to settle for third place and is in danger of seeing his Championship lead reduced further if Ferrari manage to keep him at bay.