Lewis Hamilton outclasses Rosberg to take Monza pole

World championship leader has nine point lead

Lewis Hamilton

Britain's Lewis Hamilton celebrates after setting the fastest time in the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Lewis Hamilton will be on pole for Sunday's Italian F1 Grand Prix.

He finished half a second clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who he leads by nine points at the top of the drivers' championship.

Hamilton clocked a fastest time of 1:21.135.

The Ferrari took the second row with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen third and fourth.

The third and fourth rows were taken by the Red Bulls and Force India respectively.