Lewis Hamilton surprised at having taken Monza pole

Updated: 09 September 2012 14:19 IST

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was surprised to take pole position for the Italian Grand Prix because he felt he had driven a poor lap.

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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was surprised to take pole position for the Italian Grand Prix because he felt he had driven a poor lap.

Hamilton's time of 1:24.010 seconds was good enough for pole, 0.123 seconds ahead of teammate Jenson Button and 0.237 seconds faster than Ferrari's third-placed Felipe Massa.

"I didn't think that lap was anywhere near good enough," he said Saturday.

"Nonetheless, I'm happy and I'm really happy for the team because they've been doing a fantastic job."

Traffic had ruined a potentially faster run, he said.

"I was up, I think, a couple of tenths in my second lap but I was in a train of cars: Kimi (Raikkonen) and two Ferraris in front."

Despite locking out the front row, Hamilton and Button said they would not agree a strategy for negotiating the first corner of Sunday's race.

"You can't plan turn one," Button said.

None of the first three drivers on the grid have won at Monza before.

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