Bottas and Mercedes best in Friday practice for Italian GP

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Italian GP race in Monza

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Italian GP race in Monza

After clinching pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton now has 69 poles to his name - more than anyone else in the sport's history. The Frenchman had complained about the conditions moments earlier and after coming to a halt with a damaged front wing and right rear wheel, opened his radio channel to say "I told you it was too unsafe!"

The Finnish driver has posted two wins and eight podium results this season and sits third in the drivers' standings, 41 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and 34 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.

"I'm not trying to weigh up my options and if l was l would phone up Toto and say 'look, I am just doing due diligence and seeing what options are available.' But now l have no plans to do that".

"I was just playing around, trying to entertain the fans", Ricciardo said. It probably won't sink in for a long time, but I've just got to say a big thank you to my team for making it all possible.

"I think Kimi and myself, I can't speak for other people, but Kimi and myself I think we have been racing each other all year". "To do this here at such an historic circuit - I am going to have some pasta tonight to celebrate", said Hamilton.

"If we can get the vehicle more to our liking, then we can improve and be faster".

Even so, pole at Monza certainly didn't come easily.

Crucially for Mercedes, Bottas will start in front of the two Mercedes, and that could mean a very solid before between Vettel's ambitions and Hamilton's auto.

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Champions Mercedes have won 58 of 71 races since the introduction of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, and seven of 12 this season.

"It was very hard to see out there, and very easy to make mistakes - as always in the rain", he explained. Obviously today didn't go the way we wanted but for tomorrow I think we can make up a lot of ground - the auto is quick.

"What a day to come here in this handsome country with the English weather and to be massively challenged".

"I don't know what other teams are doing, but for us, I think we both go flat out and see what happens".

"There are some things I learned from Spa and we learned as a team and I as a driver", Vettel said.

The session ended almost four hours after it had begun with a curtailed Q1 brought to an early red-flagged halt when Frenchman Romain Grosjean aquaplaned and crashed in his Haas. But I gave it everything.

"It doesn't really change much to me because I planned to extend with the team, which we will do at some point in the second half of the season, or towards the end of the year", he said.

Red Bull are not expecting a good weekend in Monza and are already looking ahead to Singapore and could take penalties in Italy to help them in the future.