Qualifying went as expected at the Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes continued to lead the pack. Lewis Hamilton finished on pole for the race, while the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel followed in 2nd and 3rd.
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Mercedes AMG Petronas spent all their remaining tokens on upgrades to the power unit, saying in a statement they were targetted towards improving reliability. Nico Rosberg was due to take on grid penalties for using the upgraded engine, but in the end did not end up using it. As a result, he did not take on those penalties.
He also suffered, however. The new units were clearly superior, with Hamilton fast right off the bat at the beginning of qualifying. Rosberg, without the upgrades, was left behind in 4th position at the end of qualifying.
Team officials later said Rosberg’s issue had been with a coolant leak in another part of his car, and not the new power unit. Irrespective, Hamilton, on the new power units, was fastest.
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