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Raikkonen beats track record for pole at Monza

MONZA, Italy – Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari will start from pole at the brand’s home F1 GP, with team mate Sebastian Vettel riding shotgun between him and Mercedes’ championship leading driver Lewis Hamilton

Who, in turn, will have his team mate Valterri Bottas covering his tail.

Raikkonen’s pole lap, 1min19.119, was the fastest yet recorded at Monza with his average speed recorded as 263.6km/h, beating then Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2004 time of 1min19.525.

READ THE FULL Reuters report here.

Raikkonen, who at 38 simultaneously became F1’s oldest pole-starter since Nigel Mansell in 1994, said later: “I couldn’t think of a better place to be on pole.”

Vettel is 17 points behind Hamilton with eight races left, had though he had pole, making the point with a hissed ”Yessss…” as he crossed the finish.

Hamilton was booed by some of the Ferrari fans.

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