"There was a lot of pressure for that last lap so there was a lot to risk but I gave it everything", the Mercedes driver said. Under penalties imposed on the Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, the Quebec Lance Stroll will start alongside Hamilton on the first line.
Toto Wolff admits to have been surprised by Ferrari's lack of pace in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, saying the Scuderia appears to have lost ground on Mercedes. This is in the wake of allegations that some engine manufacturers have been using oil burn technology to boost combustion and thus power outputs.
Hamilton's excellence at a rain-hit Monza, following a delay which lasted two hours and 36 minutes, sees him stand alone as the sport's all-time one-lap specialist with his 69th career pole.
"I just try to remain respectful".
Vettel, who had led the standings all season, said: "You could say it was a bad day but the team is on a good path".
Like Sebastian Vettel, Raikkonen had no answers as to why Ferrari struggled so much. I read or heard after the Hungarian GP that he was protecting me.
Force India's feuding duo of Mexican Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will be back in the limelight after a costly collision in Spa had the French rookie accusing his team mate of trying to kill him.
Hamilton added: "Inevitably you are going to be the villain here if you are the one that's stopping the Ferraris". This, however, took longer than expected as the race directors deemed it too risky to continue racing.
The Finn was involved in a fantastic battle in the opening stages with Valtteri Bottas, but the Mercedes soon asserted their dominance.
Ferrari should be quick at the next circuit with the extra downforce they can put on their car so the fight continues. The 2017 Formula One Grand Prix of Austria will take place on 09 July. It's great to see.
The last time the Bulls came in the top three in Monza was during Vettel's 2013 win. "Now it is what it is and we'll see what we can do tomorrow".
And Perth-based Alister McRae, younger brother of Scotland's 1995 world rally champion Colin McRae, makes his debut in the World Rallycross Championship at its French round at Loheac in Brittany.