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Barrichello masterpiece beats Button in Monza
Posted By: James Allen  |  13 Sep 2009   |  3:09 pm GMT  |  60 comments

Rubens Barrichello took his second victory in three races at the Italian Grand Prix, heading home team mate Jenson Button. It was a beautifully judged performance all weekend from the 37 year old, to put his team mate in the shade. Whereas Button hit the ground running at the start of the season, since Turkey it has been all Barrichello.

Today was Barrichello’s third win at Monza and the first time that he has headed Button in a Brawn 1-2 finish.

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It moved him to 14 points behind Button in the championship and with the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel pretty much out of it now, it looks very much like the title fight will be between the Brawn drivers. It also looks like the team will clinch the constructors’ championship before the end of the season, possibly in Japan.

The pair started the race in 5th and 6th places on the grid, but made the most of a one-stop strategy to come through and pass pole sitter Lewis Hamilton as well as Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil, all of whom two-stopped. Hamilton was set for a third place, but crashed on the last lap while pushing hard to catch Button. This gave Raikkonen a podium.

Adrian Sutil scored his first points in F1 with fourth place, but it could have been third had Sutil not hit one of his mechanics on his second stop, losing some time in the process. He set the fastest lap, but spent the whole race behind Raikkonen’s Ferrari, who again drove a canny race, using all his skill and guile, not to mention his KERS button, to keep the faster car at bay.

Barrichello won the race again by having the edge over Button on pace when it mattered in qualifying and by his consistency in the race. He also survived a gearbox worry before the race. He made an excellent start to pass Kovalainen and move up to fourth place.

He had an extra lap of fuel compared to Button, and also he made a decision to start the race on the hard tyre, where Button started on soft. Both tyres worked well on the Brawn, but it meant that Barrichello had better pace immediately after the pit stops and was able to open a margin over Button.

“It feels great, it is a winning year whatever happens, ” said Barrichello. “We mustn’t forget that not long ago we had no jobs. We have a fantastic car, engine and the team is doing a fantastic job. We both had different tyre strategies and the car was good. I’m going to give my best it’ll be a good and healthy fight.”

“It’s nice to be back here in second position,” said Button. “Rubens did a better job. He’s my closest rival and that’s good.”

Ross Brawn was delighted with his fourth 1-2 finish of the season and says that he doesn’t mind which of his drivers wins the world title from here, “I demand they do it fairly and openly, everything has got to be fair and open. We will leave them to it. They are old enough,” he said.

“Jenson was beating him (Rubens) consistently at the start of the season but Valencia was a great race for Rubens and he has a steely look about him at the moment.”

Hamilton looked good in the early stages, but his ability to open up a big enough gap to cover the Brawns fell apart in the middle stint. By the time he pitted for the second time on lap 35 he was nothing like far enough ahead of the Brawns and they jumped him.

Heikki Kovalainen had a disappointing day. I posted yesterday that he should win the race, based on his car pace and his strategy and grid slot. He had a similar strategy to the Brawns and started ahead of them on the grid. But he lost ground at the start and faded off the pace. At the end he was 60 seconds behind Barrichello and was 57 seconds behind Hamilton on the last lap.

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh recently put the spotlight on Kovalainen’s wavering race pace and today will have been a hammer blow to his hopes of retaining his seat. He simply should have done a lot better.

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  1. Bhavesh says:

    Hi James,

    Great race, it was balls to the wall qualifying laps all the way through the race from Barrichello and Jenson. Do you think they would have been able to drag themselves in to contention without each other there to push each other along. I was watching the timing screens and they were setting almost identical sectors times, wringing the max out of the car. It would be interesting to hear how Jenson and Barrichello see it.

    However it’s hardly been Barrichello all the way since Turkey. What about the Nurberg ring, when Barrichello went from first to seventh, and Hungary where Barrichello didn’t really figure. Rubens used to have some great races when he was with Schumi but he is still mentally fragile, and is that gearbox ok????

    Bring on Singapore!!!

  2. Ray.C. says:

    Round 13 on the 13th in Car #13, (I know it has 14 on the front but really, it’s the 13th floor), and Mark Webber cements his title as the unluckiest driver in F1.

  3. Ashley Edwards says:

    James

    Do You agree that the main problem with Kovalainen is that he allways has poor opening laps which stops him for geting wins?

    1. James Allen says:

      Seems to be slow out of the blocks in race and after pit stops too. He’s quick enough in qualifying though, often quicker than Hamilton

      1. Ashley Edwards says:

        If he would a race by himself would keep his seat or would he have to do a lot more in the races?

  4. Robert says:

    Fantastic race all around. All Jenson has to do now is keep Rubens in sight and he should have the championship sewn up. Tonio was pretty amazing right up until his gear box let go.

    Great day of racing. The GP2 was exciting too. Congrats to the Hulk. The next Schumi?

  5. Fausto Cunha says:

    I have to agree, the Brawn´s were on a great pace with the big amount of fuel they had on both stints.

    I think Kovalainen bad start pretty much ruined the Mclaren chance of winning the race either with him or with Lewis( if Heikki stayed in front of the brawn´s at the start it might give Lewis a bigger gap for the two stop strategy)

    I think Kimi is doing an amazing job with that ferrari, he´s driving really well and scored 30 points in the last 4 races.

    What i don´t understand is that many teams are developing their cars, ferrari aren´t, how can they keep up scoring podiums.

    I think that Liuzzi performance in qualifying shows how good the Force India car is. He did a much better job than Fisichella at the ferrari considering he didn´t drive a f1 one car for a very long time.

  6. Jonathan Chan says:

    Havent seen the race yet… But it looks like Heikki has hit the final nail in his Mclaren Coffin, he just hasnt delivered the goods, I love the guy but he has confirmed today that he isn’t worthy of decent racing seat… If Mclaren ever want to win a constructors title they need a driver to challenge Lewis for points and score big when Lewis fails… Mclaren should sign Nico Rosberg and in hindsight should have let the ultra reliable Pedro De la Rosa drive instead of Heikki.

    James is it likely Mclaren is Nicos ‘prefered destination for next year’ and where would Heikki go?

    1. James Allen says:

      Team bosses and managers I speak to say that Heikki is better than he is showing at McLaren, but today didn’t look good on the cv at a vital time

      1. tomo says:

        I think he’s had enough chances. Constantly underperforming it’s not what F1 is all about.

        For me, he’s seems to lack the competitive instinct. He always seems to get passed way too easily (even with KERS).

      2. Finn says:

        What does that say about his treatment/state of mind at Macca?

        Not at all surprised to see Brawn back on top. Think the mid season dip was “convenient” to help spice up what was becoming a flat processional season.

        Now we’ll have an orchestrated fight to the last race.

      3. James Allen says:

        You cannot say that – it’s a product of the tyres and the difficulty in understanding them this year as well as the rules and the different moments at which teams make a step. Is Red Bull’s dip in form since Hungary convenient? Is Force India’s rise the same in reverse?

      4. Finn says:

        I can.

        But we can then disagree.

        The Brawn car went backwards. As JB said in one race that they hadn’t done anything to the car that could explain its odd handling – even on tyres they had previously used to great effect. The Brawns haven’t had a major problem – other than the fact that they were running away with the season too easily, which was not to Bernie’s or any one else’s liking.

        Why are we ‘happy’ to accept Schumi taking out Hill or JV; Or Senna and Prost taking each other out; Or Macca stealing Ferrari data; Or Ferrari using a dodgy flexi floor; Or BAR (??) using a dodgy fuel tank; Or that Lewis and Macca were happy to lie to the stewards; etc, but we’re loathe to think that Brawn might have been “encouraged” to step off the gas for a while to give the season some life?

        The Red Bull dip is primarily down to the engines and is not convenient at all. Bernie would much rather have had a close inter-team fight for the last 3 races of the year. Even Bernie can’t control everything.

        The FI car has had development and was well suited to Spa and Monza. Expect things to be different again in Singy.

        I’m pretty certain that we’ll conveniently end up with a championship that will be decided at the last race.

      5. Finn says:

        James, what do you think of Force India today in Singy?

      6. James Allen says:

        Slightly surprised – everyone is going on about the low downforce tracks suiting them, but they had made a step in Valencia and I expected one of the cars to be top ten. But it shows how the others are still pushing, like BMW, Williams etc. Still those two results in Spa and Monza have done a lot for morale and championship position

  7. Silverstoned says:

    So, simply having a kers button is not enough to win races as we had been told after Spa.
    HK was supposed to hold up the Brawns. LH was to scamper away with the win. But his lap times were off when it mattered most after the first pits. After his poor error he was still lauded by the BBC.

    In hindsight, for Kimi and Hamilton 2 stops was the better strategy. Got a podium didn’t it? with a car well off the pace

  8. Tom says:

    Congratulation Jenson Button you are, by my calculations, Bernie Ecclestone’s 2009 world champion!

    No one can beat Jenson Button’s six gold medals.

    Whilst I want to see Jenson Button win the world championship I’m glad that using the point system he won’t have that honour for several more races.

    However having said that if we’d had a medals system in the 1980′s we wouldn’t have had to suffer Nelson Piquet becoming a world champion and look what trouble that might have avoided!

      1. Ollie says:

        Hang on… 4 races to go, Rubens has won twice. So he could equal JB… what would happen then according to Bernie’s wonderscheme?

      2. Ahmad Albashrawi says:

        Who came second more? Silver medals remember :-)

      3. krad says:

        countback one 2nd places, then 3rd etc until you get a winner

      4. Ollie says:

        Of course… pardon my stupidity, I’m ill :(

      5. Actually Ollie,
        I’ll think you’ll find that it is the medal’s idea that is pretty sick

      6. iceman says:

        In the version of the wins scheme that was actually put forward by the FIA back at the start of the season, a tie on number of wins would have been decided by championship points.

  9. omar kamal says:

    The Race was decided from the first lap when Barrichello and Jenson passed Kova.

    And again, Hamilton didn’t manage to deal with pressure!! The difference between him and Alonso, is that both of them usually drives above the limits but Alonso can handle the pressure, Hamilton mess it up!

    1. Paige Michael-Shetley says:

      Silverstone 2008, after being hounded in the press for two weeks.

      Enough said. Take your hater nonsense elsewhere.

      1. PaulL says:

        I don’t think there was as much pressure as it looked in the race at Silverstone 08. McLaren dominated several times in the wet races in 2008 (and 2007), and if you’re going to put that down to Lewis – remember China 2009.

        All I would add to this argument, is that I think Lewis has historically put more pressure on himself than necessary by:
        - Failing to own up to things he’d done (Canada 08, France 08, Spa 08, Australia 09 “I did it because Davey mislead me”).
        - Saying that people only dislike him because he’s the best.
        - Calling people in slower cars “monkeys at the back”.
        - Talking himself up too often.
        - Running people off the track (2 x Italy 08).

      2. Paige Michael-Shetley says:

        Yes, having a car that puts heat in the tires is important in the wet and definitely helps. But whereas Hamilton won my more than a minute in Silverstone, Kovalainen finished fifth and a lap down in the same car. Clearly, Hamilton had an unbelievable drive at Silverstone last year, and there’s no way you can diminish it. And yes, there was pressure on him after Montreal; he wasn’t criticized for not owning up to it (which he did), but for doing something so stupid.

        As for China 09, Hamilton was very quick in the wet. His problem was that he tried driving beyond the capability of the car, which is never a good thing in the wet. He trashed the tires as a result, thus the spins.

    2. Paige Michael-Shetley says:

      As for Alonso, let’s look at his highlights in high pressure moments over the last two, nearly three, seasons.

      In a season in 2007 in which he had the pressure of a rookie teammate matching him- beating him, even- he proceed to:

      * Look like a fool in Magny-Cours with his numerous failed attempts at an overtake into the hairpin;

      * Do the infinitely dumb thing in holding up his teammate in the pits at Hungary, a move that would surely net him a penalty and loss in points;

      * Wreck in the wet at Fuji, while Hamilton went on to dominate the race and zoom away from the field;

      * Qualify six-tenths off Hamilton in Shanghai, when McLaren had Ferrari beat.

      In 2008, he:

      * Made a fool of himself trying to pass Nick Heidfeld into Loews at Monaco, a race in which he had a chance to deliver a good result;

      * Binned it in Montreal, throwing away a sure podium behind the BMWs;

      * Was overtaken by Nelsinho Bloody Piquet in Magny-Cours, and didn’t put up much of a fight afterward; and

      * Spun like a ballerina in Silverstone in the very wet conditions, a race in which, again, he had a chance to achieve a very good result;

      Alonso has pushed over the edge many times and not collected it, just as Hamilton did today. The great drivers often push over the edge and don’t gather it back. Senna did it. Schumacher did it.

      1. Amritraj says:

        Agree on some and disagree on some.

        Hungary 2007: You are forgetting it was Hamilton who disobeyed team orders and started the racket. Though what Alonso did was wrong, let’s not foist all the blame onto him.

        Canada 2008: Alonso wouldn’t have finished on the podium. He had to make a pit stop and would have been jumped by the one-stopping DC. He would have finished 5th or below in that race. Also, it was the team’s fault to bring him to stop when the SC came out. He checked twice with the team if coming in under the SC to pit made sense for the race. As it turned out, he was right. If he hadn’t pitted under the SC, he would have been on the same strategy as Nick Heidfeld and could have been fighting for victory.

        Magny-Cours 2008: Alonso tried to pass Webber in the last lap of the GP. Webber shut the door on Alonso, in the process, Alonso ran wide and NPJ overtook him. NPJ didn’t actually out-maneuver Alonso to overtake him. There was nothing to fight back for. Last lap, 7th and 8th positions don’t offer much to the appetite, especially, for a driver who has been fighting for the title for the last 3 seasons. Besides, the points were going to Renault so there was no loss to the team.

        Silverstone 2008: I don’t recall Alonso spinning at all in Silverstone. He had a few tentative laps after his first stop because he gambled not to change the tyres, hoping the rain would subside. That went horribly wrong and he spent the next 9 to 10 laps essentially on tyres that were slick. Despite this, I think he drove an excellent race to salvage 6th position, showcasing his tremendous wet weather skills.

        With the rest of the points you have mentioned, I agree.

        In the first half of 2008, most of the errors that came from Alonso were mainly due to frustration of not being in a car that could deliver results. It took him 6 to 7 races to come to terms with the fact that he will not be fighting for victories and the title. And when he did, in the second half of the season, he scored the most points of any driver in the field, in a car inferior on the Aerodynamics (to Ferrari and MM), with an engine lower on BHP compared to theirs.
        It was a similiar story for Lewis this year. Finds himself in an uncompetitive car and when the opportunity to score big points presents itself, he makes errors in trying over-compensate for the inferiority of the machine: Monaco GP 2009: plonks the car in the barrier in Q1. Chinese GP 2009: had 4 spins en route to, I think, 6th position.

        I concur with the last part of your post. Great drivers often push beyond the limits of the machinery, to find theirs.

    3. Amritraj says:

      It had nothing to do with Hamilton not being able to handle pressure. There was never really any pressure,so to speak. He is not fighting for the title. He has already had a pole and a win, to take away some sense of achievement from this season.

      In this case, he was pushing just too hard. He wanted to see if he could pressurise Jenson into making a mistake. In the process, he lost the car over the kerbs. It was more to do with rash thinking than with pressure management issues. He should have brought the car home. Now he has allowed Ferrari to build a nice gap for 3rd in the WCC.

    4. LT says:

      LOL Alonso fan….says it all really

  10. Rudy Pyatt says:

    I only saw part of the race (time difference got me up too late to catch it all. rebroadcast will have to do), but what I did see brings me to my usual question about Monza: Why persist with the chicanes, especially on the front straight? I know the field got through the first one okay, but they cause more trouble than they save, detract from rather than add to safety.

    What do you think James?

  11. Charlie says:

    Kimi Raikkonen is the driver of the second half of the season. He’s got more points than anyone else in a car that probably shouldn’t be finishing higher than the 4th row. How come Ferrari are so keen to get rid of their best driver? Insane.

    Also, it doesn’t seem to be coincidence that Ferrari are getting better results out of Kimi when Massa’s not sucking up focus on the other side of the garage.

    1. omar kamal says:

      who said that it is about performance??
      It is Money!!! If The spanish bank wants Alonso and ready to pay Kimi’s contract so why should Ferrari say no!

      Why Kimi and not Massa? I think Ferrari will be emotional with that, Massa is their son and his manager is Todd’s son and on the otherside Kimi doesnt give you the feeling that he even cares!

      Ofcourse Money and emotions arnt the basis on which Ferrari choose it’s drivers but considering that all of the 3 are top drivers so why not?

    2. Red Kimi says:

      I could not agree more… It was great to heat the Tifosi chainting “Kimi, Kimi” while he was on the podium….

      He is killing the feild when you consider his car is a dog right now….

      We are now seeing Massa was their #1 when it came to strategy, and how useless that was….

  12. David Hodge says:

    Probably one of the best races of the season. Martin Brundle called it exactly – a fist fight with some chess thrown in. The strategies being played out were fascinating and as usual, F1 provided the variables. It seems Heikki would have this race in the bag but I guess none of the strategies had him going backwards from the start.

    Nico Rosberg will have a dilemna now. If, as we read, Merc have taken a stake in Brawn and want to place him there, then so there will be a place at McLaren also. It will come down to whether Nico fancies his chances against Hamilton or Button. The only person who has seriously pushed Hamilton so far was Alonso when they were team-mates. Anyway, I digress.

    Great to see the pace of the Force Indias. Both of them were going well and I felt sorry for Liuzzi – that was out of his control. It proves that the testing ban is a good idea. The clever engineers make parts, bring them to the races and the good stuff makes the car go faster. Clearly, Force India have some good people which has enabled them to climb up the order. This is the natural law of things. Remember a little team called Williams starting up then winning everything in the latter 1990s. Force India for a WCC in a few years?

    I am looking forward to Singapore already… although we have a little distraction in Paris in the meantime.

  13. George says:

    Kimi has been impressive ever since Massa’s accident, for the last two races he’s been under constant pressure from faster cars, and the slight hiccup in the pitstop today has been his only mistake.

    Respect to Tonio Liuzzi too, I have to admit I didn’t expect him to be on the pace, but he’s been brilliant all weekend.

  14. Paige Michael-Shetley says:

    Great race by Brawn. They had everyone covered today.

    I really thought KERS would be a massive advantage and that Macca and Ferrari would be untouchable. Macca seemed to have an advantage in straight-line speed, but I wonder if the weight distribution hurt the car too much in medium-speed corners and mucked up their exits, which would have negated their straight-line advantage.

    As for Hamilton, he gave it everything he had, and he just pushed too hard. It’s easy to say that he should be satisfied with 3rd sometimes, but it’s not as if he’s going for a championship right now. If he was going for a championship, he probably wouldn’t have pushed so hard. Still, sometimes it’s better to settle for 3rd.

  15. Drezman says:

    Two articles and not a word about Hamilton!

    Surely your not waiting to see which way the wind blows before having an opinion?

    Everyone is happy for Rubens but the debates are about Hamilton’s last lap. Your opinion please.

  16. Werewolf says:

    A fascinating race in which the driving intensity and the strategy decisions complimented each other perfectly; one of the best examples yet of the refuelling-KERS combination and something I fear we may well miss next year, especially if there is a dominant team.

    Barrichello was outstanding but Button was only slightly behind. We have seen many times before that Barrichello can beat anyone and everyone on his day but we have never seen him do so (or be allowed to do so) consistently over a number of races, which he now needs to deliver in order to beat Button. It will be interesting to see if he can do it. The momentum is definitely with him and should build but Button also turned a corner today.

    As we return to more the more normal track layouts, I expect the Force Indias to fade to high midfield, as their low-drag advantage will be reduced but a nonetheless impressive display today, especially by Liuzzi whose speed, consistency and aggression totally belied his time out of an F1 cockpit (and his somewhat anonymous F1 past) and made Fisichella seem doubly disappointing in the Ferrari. I have to question, though, given Liuzzi’s pace in relation to his more ring-ready team mate, whether Sutil is able to extract the full potential from the car.

  17. Burdy says:

    Whatever else happens this is a fairytale result in a fairytale season. Real Boys Own stuff. Team rises from the ashes of Honda to beat the old guard and after stumbling mid season emerges again to lead the field. Button stars as the handsome Prince to lead the championship and Shrek in the guise of Barrichelo emerges as his main challenger albeit in the manner of the greatest of friends. Did Walt Disney promote this or is all to do with the Ring Master Eccleston?

    I need to think about the final result, whats more unlikely than whats gone before?

  18. Ben says:

    As many have said already, McLaren’s strategy was dependent on Heikki holding the 1 stoppers up. They knew the Brawns were faster, so they could not beat them on a 1 stop. Even if Heikki had qualified behind the Brawns he should have been able to jump them at the start with his KERS, starting ahead of them he should have also have been able to jump Sutil and give himself a buffer. However not only failed to gain places at the start but allowed people to get past.

    As for Hamilton’s accident; it has been pointed out that as he is not fighting for a championship he has nothing to lose. Button on the other hand does have a championship to lose. Had Hamilton had caught Button (with the back marker coming into play and potentially slowing him down) Hamilton would have known that had he pulled a move on Button then Button would have been more inclined to play it safe and bank 6 points than to risk getting none.

    If McLaren didn’t want Lewis to chase down Button for second they would have given him a slow down order – they didn’t; it was even acknowledged both by Hamilton and McLaren that the strategy relied on him pulling close to qualifying paced laps for the entire duration of the race.

    I think that this race is sums up the reason that McLaren will part ways with Heikki; you need your number 2 driver to deliver a consistent pace. This strategy was dependent on Heikki not having to do anything extraordinary – essentially what he did at the German GP.

  19. Foobar says:

    I have to wonder about Kovalainen here…

    He’s fast in qualifying, so clearly he has the pace to drive fast from the very start – New tires & heavy load should be no problem: That’s how Q3 plays out.

    What gives? Remember, he gave up positions in a straight line during the first laps of the race and he had KERS system.

    I’m quite puzzled about it.

    It has to be some sort of mental block…or perhaps someone always greases his tires in parc fermé…? ;-)

    Also, what have Force India done? There’s the testing ban and a “rookie” driver like Liuzzi is up there in top 10 in, yes, a Force India mobile…Have they fed steroids to their cars or what?

    1. How many times do they have to tell everyone about the massive upgrade they brought pre-Valencia?

      No one seemed to question McLaren and Ferrari when they brought updates, but when F India do it, it’s a conspiracy??

      If you look back through the races all season long, Force India have constantly been high up in the speed traps – now they seem to have come full circle by adding useful, workable downforce too

  20. Gary Davidson says:

    “Adrian Sutil scored his first points in F1 with fourth place”

    His first points in F1 for Force India, although the 8th place in the 2007 Japanese GP is probably hard to remember as it was such an incredible race!

  21. Mark J says:

    James, just a comment on one of the aspects of the race. At the start there seemed to be a lot of drivers willing to run other guys off the track. Everyone knows its hard to gain positions these days after the first few laps because of the aero. Over the past seasons this has been a problem, but this season its seems to be getting worse. There are so many examples. With everyone being understandably worried about safety. What will it take to stop this practice before a driver, spectator, marshal could get seriously injured or killed when a car flies off track after banging wheels?

    1. James Allen says:

      It is always a bit hairy on the run down to Turn 1 at Monza

  22. Andy Holt says:

    Please James, come back into the BBC Television commentary box with Martin B, you two added such a fantastic technical insight during the ITV years. It’s just not as good without you (i think Martin would agree if asked!!) well done on the Blogs and the Twitter updates. Brilliant.

    1. Werewolf says:

      Agreed 100%. James’ level of insight is way superior to Legard’s and his presentation much more informative and easier on the ear. I wouldn’t presume to speak for Martin but the chemistry is certainly not the same.

  23. Peter says:

    Hey, I thought Sutil came in 8th at the Japanese GP in 2007? So this was his second points finish. I just hope that in Singapore, with a higher downforce required, doesn’t mean that Force India’s days in the sun are over.

    I remember there being speculation a few years back that Sutil was going to be the 2nd McLaren driver (I think around the time of the Alonso affair) Does this mean that he can throw his hat into the ring for the top drive next year?

    Oh, and I HUGELY disappointed that Webber’s title hopes are now long gone…just another day of frustration for us Webber supporters.

  24. iceman says:

    A cracking race. Rubens and Jock Clear made that win on Saturday by qualifying with 1 lap more fuel than Jenson. Jenson was only 2 seconds behind before he pitted; 4 seconds after the pit stops had played out. If Rubens had pitted first then Jenson might have taken the win.

  25. DK says:

    It was rather predictable result for P1 & P2 the moment the 2 Brawn cars managed to get past Kovalainen in the first lap. I am glad Ruben had the better of Jenson,so the fight for WDC will go on hopefutlly till the last race.

    I was waiting to see Lewis battling with Jenson if he were to catch him. Though not a fan of Lewis but I am impressed by his attitude pushing all the way chasing down Jenson, even he lost it at the end. I supposed this is spirit of a champ.

    Kimi again drove a great race holding up the charging and faster Force India of Adrian Sutil’s. This time, he has lady on his side a great deal. Firstly, Liuzzi’s retirement, otherwise Kimi may find it difficult to past Liuzzi given the performance we saw his car broke down. Secondly, when Kimi has a glitch during his second pit stop, Adrian has similar if not worse. Lastly of course he inherit Lewis P3 and the yellow also kill any last minute past attempt by Adrian Sutil’s Force India in the last lap.

    What a season since second half ! How I wish this was the beginning of the season!!

  26. Rob says:

    Hamilton.what was he thinking of,no way was he going to pass Button on the last lap,In the real world he was not racing the Brawns but Kimi who was behind him,Surely Mercedes would of rather had the 3 podium places filled with their engines and also Maclaren needed the points if they stand any chance of 3rd place in the constructors championship.

    1. Pay The Piper says:

      Interesting video comparison I saw on another site:

      http://axisofoversteer.blogspot.com/2009/09/so-who-won-at-monza.html

      … if you want to see what the difference between going 100% and 100.1% looks like, it’s apparently not all that much.

      I dunno, Lewis was 1.0 behind, took 0.2 in S1, I guess from where the car ended up, S2 was pretty fast too, long-shot, but maybe Jenson catches the back-marker awkwardly into Ascari, catch a tow, stick a nose in at the Parabolica braking, and ask JB if he really wants to push the issue.

      Yeah, yeah, we get the McLaren/Ferrari 3rd place thing, WCC and all that, but I dunno, ask anyone about Monza 2007, and they’ll all say Lewis four-wheel drifting it past Kimi from waaay back into Turn 1 … I remind you, for *only* a second place.

      Most races, we are hardly suffering an abundance of overtakes, so despite the outcome, I can’t find it to criticise anyone that is willing to go for it, especially in a non-championship season.
      We shouldn’t diminish guys going at it hammer and tongs even when it’s slim to marginal, rather that than risk-averse accountants triangulating percentages and points. It’s show-business, baby.

  27. Max says:

    Hi James, dont you think this Heikki situation is really interesting, fuel correcting his times he is quite often faster than Lewis in Q, but in the race he has issues, driving style, brakes, tyre temps, and a lack of adaptability to changes in conditions. For sure he is obviously a quick guy James, as you say.

    “Team bosses and managers I speak to say that Heikki is better than he is showing at McLaren”

    But why has McLaren not been able to curb his issues, is it the kind of car, and how he drives? I was wandering if you could do some digging and maybe put a piece together.

    Many thanks

    1. James Allen says:

      Yes, of course, it’s got to be looked at more closely I agree

  28. Raj says:

    Despite being a huge fan of the sport for more than a decade, I believe F1 has not been fair to few drivers. It was never fair to Frentzen. It has not been fair to Liuzzi. He might not be in the league of Lewis or Vettel, but he is no slouch. His F3000 statistics speaks a volume. Doesn’t it disappoint you James to see few undeserving drivers on the grid when people like Liuzzi have to sit out?

    1. James Allen says:

      Well it gave Frentzen a championship winning Williams in 1997 and a very competitive Jordan in 1999, so I’m not sure it wasn’t fair with him. He wasn’t strong enough in the head, basically. F1 is a merciless psychological game

      1. Raj says:

        Well, he was not good in 1997. But in 1998 he could do very little with the Mechacrome V10. Anyways, I personally feel our politics or lobbying by big manufacturers has given a lot of unworthy people a shot at F1 in last decade and half.

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