Posted on September 8, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel extended his lead at the top of the championship with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took his fourth podium in as many years at Monza while Red Bull’s Mark Webber completed the podium in his last F1 race in Europe. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa delivered a strong drive to fourth place while Nico Hulkenberg rounded off a brilliant weekend with fifth for Sauber – but who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Led away from pole position and was never threatened as he took his sixth win More…

Posted on September 11, 2012

The Strategy Report

The Italian Grand Prix was one of the most exciting races of the 2012 season so far, which is unusual for Monza. The track has a high-speed character and opportunities for overtaking, but doesn’t always provide excitement. However this year’s race was brought alive by the strategy decisions made by some of the teams and the bold gamble taken by many of them to try to do the race with only one pit stop. It was marginal in terms of tyre life. Some of the tyres that came off the cars at the end had no more than a lap More…

Posted on September 9, 2012


The outlook for the Italian Grand Prix is very interesting, with signs that the key to the race will be for teams to gamble on getting to the finish without over stressing the front right tyre. Monza is a one stop race, always has been because the pit lane time is long, due to the fact that the cars staying on track are travelling very quickly. A one stop strategy this year looks like it is 10 seconds faster than a two stop. However the other problem with Monza is that the temperature of the inside shoulder of the front More…

Posted on September 5, 2012


With an average lap speed of over 250km/h, Monza is the fastest circuit in Formula 1. The cars run in low downforce mode here with thinner wings than usual. The aerodynamic package for this event is unique in the season. So what are the key considerations the engineers and drivers will go through during practice and in strategy briefings when preparing for Sunday’s race? From a strategy point of view, Monza is quite straightforward. It’s not particularly hard on the tyres as there are few fast corners to put energy into them. The track is basically a series of long More…

Posted on September 4, 2012


Jerome D’Ambrosio will race in place of the suspended Romain Grosjean’s for Lotus at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, the team has as expected confirmed, marking the former Virgin driver’s competitive return to a race environment for the first time since the end of last season. Although some of the bigger name drivers currently on the F1 sidelines were immediately linked to the one-off drive after Grosjean’s one-race ban for causing Sunday’s first-corner pile-up at Spa was announced, it was logical that Lotus would turn to their well-regarded Belgian test and reserve driver to fill the void at Monza. The More…

Posted on September 11, 2011


The legendary Monza circuit provided an entertaining race with thrilling battles all the way down the field but which driver impressed you most? Sebastian Vettel Found half a second in the final part of qualifying to take his 10th pole position of the season. Had no answer to Alonso’s lightening quick start and lost the lead. Reclaimed the lead with a sublime move on the Spaniard into the second chicane and then never looked back as he claimed his eighth victory of the season. The German now leads the championship by 112 points and can become the youngest double world More…

Posted on September 11, 2011


Sebastian Vettel is now potentially just one race away from being crowned world champion for the second year in a row and at the age of 24. A win at Singapore would guarantee him the title. He won his eighth race of the season on a track where Red Bull had not been considered one of the favourites, thanks to a bold pass on Fernando Alonso in the early stages of the race. It was Vettel’s 18th career win, his second at this circuit and Red Bull’s first at Monza. Behind him there were intense battles featuring Hamilton, Button, Alonso More…

Posted on September 9, 2011


As if the tifosi (Ferrari fans) didn’t have enough to worry about, with F1 ticket prices ranging between €170 and €520 each and serious traffic problems getting in, due to labyrinthine road works, Fernando Alonso’s body language after practice will have made their hearts sink further. “It seems that Red Bull and McLaren and also Mercedes are quite competitive,” he said.”Tomorrow we will need to find something more in the car to be fighting with them. In Belgium we were not as good as we expected. You cannot create a miracle in two weeks. Here so far we struggle with More…

Posted on September 8, 2011


After the stand-off in Spa over the way Red Bull were using the Pirelli tyres beyond the manufacturer’s recommended limits, here at Monza Pirelli have got tough, setting lower than expected limits, which potentially gives Red Bull and others a headache. The issue revolves around camber angle, the degree to which the tyres lean inwards at the top, relative to the bottom. Pirelli sets a recommended camber angle at each Grand Prix. Normally with plenty of dry running in practice they can evaluate their limits and set them appropriately for the race. However for some time they have been uneasy More…

Posted on January 17, 2011


Last week’s news that FOM boss Bernie Ecclestone has turned down Rome’s application to host a Grand Prix seems to have put and end to that story. However looking through the Gazetta dello Sport at the weekend, I notice that they published in full Ecclestone’s letter to Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome in which he says, “However if Monza were taken away from the calendar or we could alternate Monza with Rome, this would be acceptable and this is something I will try to achieve.” The last line is interesting. I asked around in Italy this morning about how More…

Posted on September 12, 2010


The Hispania team has been fined $20,000 for an unsafe release from the pit stop of Sakon Yamamoto this afternoon in which a team member was injured. The Japanese driver came into the pits on lap 22 and a technician leaned into the cockpit of the car. When the four tyres had been changed the chief mechanic raised the lollipop and despite the fact that the technician was still reaching in, Yamamoto drove off. The technician was dragged along initially and then was flipped in the air by the rear wing. An ambulance had to come down the pit lane More…

Posted on September 12, 2010


Today’s Italian Grand Prix had some great performances from quite a few drivers. So who do you think stood out? Fernando Alonso Took pole with a storming lap on Saturday. Lost the start to Button, but put him under intense pressure and made the difference on the two laps after Button’s earlier pit stop. He was under a lot of pressure this weekend, carrying Ferrari’s hopes in their home Grand Prix. They needed their leader to win and give them confidence for the final rounds. He delivered. Jenson Button Took a tactical decision to run with more downforce than his More…

Posted on September 12, 2010


Fernando Alonso took an emotional victory in today’s Italian Grand Prix, on his Monza debut with Ferrari. It was his 24th career victory, which puts him equal with the great Juan Manuel Fangio and perhaps more importantly, puts him right back in the championship hunt with five races to go. He is now just 21 points behind Mark Webber, who regained the lead today. “It’s a very special win, ” said Alonso. I’ve been on the Monza podium before with all those people supporting Ferrari but to imagine myself on the top of the podium with all the Ferrari flags, More…

Posted on September 12, 2010


This afternoon’s Italian Grand Prix is wonderfully poised, with Fernando Alonso starting on pole but Jenson Button alongside him. Alonso’s race will be about dominating the start and then relentless pace. Button has been thinking about his race since Friday and has gone with a plan which, if it works, will spring a trap on Alonso and the others at the pits stops. The McLaren drivers were given the option of running with higher downforce and the F Duct drag reducing wing, or running a standard Monza low downforce set up. The latter gives you approximately 8km/h additional straight line More…

Posted on September 11, 2010


Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, his first as a Ferrari driver, with a blistering early lap, which neither he nor his competitors could beat. It was his 19th career pole and the first for Ferrari since Brazil 2008, a drought of 30 races. The Spaniard was in determined form on his first outing in front of the tifosi and he now has a win on his debut in Bahrain and a Monza pole to his name. The team brought him in to deliver like a champion and although there have been quite a few bumpsin More…

Posted on September 12, 2009


Who will win the Italian Grand Prix? This has been one of the most open race weekends of the year with four or five cars capable of pole and of the win as well. Who could win it? Well Hamilton, obviously, he’s on a two stop strategy so will have to drive flat out all three stints, but the McLaren has been quick all weekend. Sutil is a longer shot, not least because he will lose his second place to Raikkonen and Kovalainen at the start due to their KERS systems. Raikkonen has more fuel than the other two stoppers More…

Posted on September 11, 2009


Adrian Sutil kept up Force India’s excellent form from Spa with fastest time in free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. The German was on the pace throughout the day and set the fastest time at the end of the second session using the soft Bridgestone tyres. The Force India took a big step forward at Valencia but has really come into its own on the low downforce circuits. Meanwhile his former team mate, Giancarlo Fisichella, found himself in the Luca Badoer slot, 20th position on his first day as a Ferrari driver, albeit with far more prospect of eventual More…

Posted on January 28, 2009


Two thousand five hundred years after the Romans got their kicks from Chariot racing, there is a plan to bring their modern counterparts back to race there. Plans are afoot for a second Grand Prix in Italy, on a street circuit in Rome. The man behind it is Maurizio Flammini, the founder of the World Superbike series. Flammini showed the plans to Bernie Ecclestone at the recent Ferrari event in Madonna di Campiglio and Ecclestone seemed interested, according to the Roman entrepreneur. “We reflected on how street races offer an opportunity to grow F1, as happened last year in Valencia More…

Posted on September 15, 2008


Sebastien Vettel wins the Italian Grand Prix at historic Monza, in an Italian car, which isn’t a Ferrari and he does so from pole position, driving away from a McLaren. He’s the youngest ever winner by a year and everyone in F1 is happy for him. The story will go down in history as something very special. It is like James Hunt winning at Zandvoort for the tiny Hesketh team. The Toro Rosso team has Minardi DNA still running through its veins. Most of the guys who toiled for Paul Stoddard and Giancarlo Minardi are still there among the 168 More…



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