12 Sep 2010

Alonso claims pole for Italian Grand Prix

5:41 am on 12 September 2010

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will start on pole for Monday's Italian Grand Prix, ending Red Bull's dominance this Formula One season.

Mark Webber was fourth fastest and Sebastian Vettel sixth for Red Bull whose cars had taken pole in 12 of the first 13 races.

Second fastest qualifier was reigning world champion Jenson Button in a McLaren followed by Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa.

Alonso, a two-time former champion, is placed fifth in the driver's standings, 41 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton who starts fifth alongside Vettel.