There are predictions of a thunderstorm for later today and the clouds over the track certainly make those predictions look possible.
It’s currently partly cloudy in Monza with a temperature of 66 degrees F (19 degrees C), and peak temps are expected to reach 82 degrees F (28 degrees C).
Wind speed is zero and it’s shaping up to be a very hot and humid day with humidity levels currently at 94 percent.
There should be plenty of action on the track, as Championship leader Sebastian Vettel starts on pole. Starting next to him on the grid will be McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, with fellow McLaren driver Jenson Button not far behind on the third.
Starting on fourth will be Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who will be keen to bring home a win at his employer’s local race. Rounding out the top five will be Vettel’s Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber.
Going into the race, Sebastian Vettel leads the 2011 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship with 259 points, followed by Mark Webber on 167 points and Fernando Alonso on 157 points.
Enjoy the race and stay tuned for our full results coverage on Monday.