Monza

Brogan

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Is it going to be Forza Ferrari this weekend or will McLaren spoil the party?

How will Giancarlo Fisichella fare in his first drive in the prancing horse? Will he be able to match Kimi's times or will everyone be saying "look how bad you are"?


Antonio Liuzzi will be looking to impress, hoping that his promotion will remain permanent for next year.

Jenson Button will be hoping to qualify a lot higher up the grid so he has less chance of being involved in an incident at the back of the pack on the first lap.

Rubens, Seb V and Mark will all be trying to significantly reduce the gap to the championship leader, something they haven't been able to do for the last few races.

I suspect the McLarens will do well at Monza thanks to KERS (well, one of them will at least....).
Heikki really needs to up his game now if he wants to hang on to his seat for next year, although it may be too late already: McLaren confirm Rosberg talks

Circuit data and video here: Italy - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

The official FIA preview is here: Italian Grand Prix Preview

Click here for the FIA interactive circuit map.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
In amongst all the cheating allegations, driver silly season speculation, teams pulling out, being sold, set up, bid for and bids being rejected a Grand Prix is about to break out

Sky bet has Vettel at 7/2 to win with Hammy at 4/1, Kimi at 11/2 and Jenson 8/1. I presume Italy will be hot so Brawn may get their tyres to work. Red Bull seem to do well at faster circuits, I've seen some figures which showed that Red Bull had the fastest car at Spa (any statisticians care to agree or disagree?) and is the Mclaren revival really as shorted lived as it appears.

Me, I'd like to see Rosberg win for Williams but that's just not going to happen, unless it rains perhaps...
 

Speshal

World Champion
Valued Member
FB said:
unless it rains perhaps...
Ooooh just looked at the forecast above, that could throw the cat amongst the pigeons, that said it is the BBC forecast ;)

Could be interesting.
 

Brogan

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McLaren looking good after P1 and Yo-yota looking not so good :D

Fisi is doing a decent job of matching Kimi so Badoer really has no excuse now.
Liuzzi just over a second behind Sutil but we don't know what fuel or tyres they were both running.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:23.936 26
2. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:24.332 + 0.396 27
3. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.471 + 0.535 24
4. Alonso Renault (B) 1:24.477 + 0.541 21
5. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:24.683 + 0.747 25
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.703 + 0.767 35
7. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.706 + 0.770 21
8. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:24.732 + 0.796 24
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:24.759 + 0.823 19
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:24.761 + 0.825 26
11. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:24.813 + 0.877 20
12. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.826 + 0.890 24
13. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:24.927 + 0.991 29
14. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:25.150 + 1.214 28
15. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:25.612 + 1.676 18
16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:25.689 + 1.753 29
17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:25.742 + 1.806 30
18. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.951 + 2.015 8
19. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:26.020 + 2.084 23
20. Glock Toyota (B) 1:26.325 + 2.389 17
 

Speshal

World Champion
Valued Member
I think Lewis should pack a parachute, he was getting some serious air over the new, higher kerbs - does that count as leaving the racetrack ;)
 

Brogan

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Another pole position for Force India tomorrow? :D

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:23.924 28
2. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:24.163 + 0.239 31
3. Alonso Renault (B) 1:24.297 + 0.373 35
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:24.482 + 0.558 41
5. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:24.622 + 0.698 40
6. Glock Toyota (B) 1:24.634 + 0.710 36
7. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:24.693 + 0.769 34
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:24.796 + 0.872 39
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:24.799 + 0.875 36
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.884 + 0.960 44
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:24.902 + 0.978 32
12. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.921 + 0.997 39
13. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:24.967 + 1.043 40
14. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:24.979 + 1.055 25
15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:25.003 + 1.079 34
16. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.140 + 1.216 35
17. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:25.215 + 1.291 38
18. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.386 + 1.462 27
19. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.424 + 1.500 32
20. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:25.543 + 1.619 36
 

RickD

Pole Sitter
Who had the fastest sector times as can't find it and read that sec1 and 2 were Button?

If so, there is some sand-bagging there, if not, then he may get away with it again this weekend as no-one else in the Championship hunt is doing any better..
 

Brogan

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Staff member
Not sure Rick, you can try the FIA site.

TBY, I think Fisi was probably trying some heavy fuel runs in P2 as he was matching Kimi in P1.
 

RickD

Pole Sitter
Can't find them on FIA site, only lap times, can't have a look at live timing due to the bloody poxy server here.

Oh well, will just have to wait until later..
 

Brogan

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Oh dear.....Fisi has dropped it during P3 and hit the tyre barrier.

Ferrari have a big job to get it fixed for the race now.
 

Brogan

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Giancarlo has to be regretting his switch to Ferrari now.
Sutil has been 3rd, 1st and 1st through all 3 practice sessions.

We could quite easily see another Force India pole and podium tomorrow.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time               Laps
1. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:23.336 21
2. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:23.404 + 0.068 21
3. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.490 + 0.154 18
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:23.575 + 0.239 20
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:23.633 + 0.297 18
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:23.803 + 0.467 20
7. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:23.849 + 0.513 21
8. Alonso Renault (B) 1:23.915 + 0.579 17
9. Glock Toyota (B) 1:23.959 + 0.623 21
10. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.996 + 0.660 18
11. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:24.197 + 0.861 15
12. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:24.302 + 0.966 20
13. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:24.326 + 0.990 17
14. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:24.392 + 1.056 20
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.572 + 1.236 23
16. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:24.621 + 1.285 21
17. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.154 + 1.818 13
18. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.244 + 1.908 16
19. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:25.791 + 2.455 10
20. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:25.951 + 2.615 10
 

Brogan

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Staff member
Adrian Sutil very nearly repeated Giancarlo Fisichella's pole at Spa.
Is Fisi now regretting his move bearing in mind both Force Indias are ahead of him on the grid?

Both Brawns are 1 stopping so they could be well placed.
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
Force India on pole! Well, not yet, but I predict that Lewis Hamilton will be demoted for exiting the pitlane in Buemi's path. (The stewards don't usually need a pretext to punish Hamilton.)

So we'll see another FI pole position. Who's looking stupid now, eh, Fisi?
 

Brogan

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Good news for a change.

The Stewards have decided not to punish Hamilton after hearing the testimony of both drivers.
 

Speshal

World Champion
Valued Member
Lewis has some serious pace over the other 2 stoppers then. I hope he can get a good start and scamper off.

No wonder Jenson had a grin on his chops after quali LOL
 

Brogan

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Well Heikki is best placed of all it would seem.

He is the first of the 1 stoppers and he has KERS so if he can stay ahead of the chasing pack and keep within 25 seconds of the front 3 then the race is his to lose.
 
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