Lewis Hamilton sets fastest lap in Formula One history to take pole at Monza

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in Formula One history to seal a dominant pole position for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton flew around Monza's 3.54 miles of asphalt in 164.267mph on his way to a new track record at the so-called Temple of Speed.

Valtteri Bottas joins his team-mate in yet another Mercedes front-row lockout, – the Finn just seven hundredths behind Hamilton – with McLaren driver Carlos Sainz a surprise third.

On a torrid afternoon for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished 13th and 17th. It marks the first time in 36 years that both scarlet cars will start Ferrari's home race outside the top 10.

Max Verstappen finished a disappointing fifth, one spot behind Racing Point's Sergio Perez.

While Ferrari are in the midst of their worst crisis in a generation, Hamilton continues his crushing stranglehold of the sport.

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The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (R) sprays champagne as he celebrates with second placed McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (C) sprays champagne as he celebrates with third placed Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll (R) on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates with third placed Lance Stroll of Canada and Racing Point during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
The Frecce Tricolori in flight for the recognition while waiting for the performance for the FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monza Circuit, Italy, September 06 2020 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri, second placed Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 and third placed Lance Stroll of Canada and Racing Point stand on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly celebrates on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Winner AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (C) celebrates with second placed McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr (L) and third placed Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll (R) on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly stands on his car as he celebrates winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Race winner Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bruno - Pool/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Scuderia AlphaTauri team members celebrate Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri winning the race during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes and Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari battle for position during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives ahead at the restart of the race during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Matteo Bazzi / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATTEO BAZZI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive after the red flag period during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The F1 drivers stand for the national anthem on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen stops in the pits during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc stops in the pits during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The race winners trophy is pictured on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The national anthem is performed before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Stewards watch from the stands between cardboard cut outs of visitors ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 leads the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP rides a scooter to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Stewards clean the track from gravel during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during the third practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JENNIFER LORENZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari watches the action during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Miguel Medina - Pool/Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 is pushed back into the garage during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Jenifer Lorenzini - Pool/Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 5, 2020 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 05, 2020 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
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Hamilton eclipsed Kimi Raikkonen's one-lap record of 163.785mph, set by the former world champion on his way to pole two years ago.

This was Hamilton's 93rd career pole, his seventh in Monza, and he will start as the favourite to win for a 90th time on Sunday, moving him to within just one victory of Michael Schumacher's record.

Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri has given his blessing for beleaguered team principal Mattia Binotto to continue in his role.

But the 50-year-old will face further questions over his future here on Saturday evening after another miserable display from his under-performing team.

Vettel was the first to fall, knocked out of Q1 after he came unstuck in traffic as he squabbled for position through the Parabolica in order to maximise the tow along the pit straight.

"What a mess", he said after he failed to improve on his time. Leclerc made it through to Q2, but failed to trouble the top 10, eliminated in 13th.

"The best I can do, the best I can do", said Leclerc. In 70 editions of Ferrari's home race, when both cars have go to the line, the Italian team have never had both drivers finish outside the top 10. That streak would appear to be in grave danger.

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