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Tifosi back Fisichella to shine on debut at Monza
Tifosi back Fisichella to shine on debut at Monza
Posted By: James Allen  |  06 Sep 2009   |  9:26 am GMT  |  330 comments

The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy has been conducting a survey into how the Italian Ferrari fans, known as the ‘tifosi’, feel new boy Giancarlo Fisichella will get on at Monza this weekend.

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The results show a lot of faith in the choice of Fisichella to replace Luca Badoer and get a decent result.

49% believe he will score points at Monza.
23% believe he will score a podium
11 % believe that he could win the Italian Grand Prix.

Sceptics are thin on the ground: only 8% think he will fail to score a point.

A Ferrari has been on the podium in the last four races, with a famous win for Kimi Raikkonen at the last race, ahead of Fisichella’s Force India car.

Fisichella has been at Maranello in recent days, working on the Ferrari simulator to get the feel of the car and learn how to deploy KERS, which will be very important at Monza. Drivers will deploy it twice on the pits straight; once coming out of the Parabolica, then when it resets itself at the start line, he will push it again. It could give a significant speed advantage on such a long straight.

What do you think of Fisichella’s chances? Please send in your estimates of how far off his qualifying lap time will be (in fractions of a second) relative to Raikkonen. The nearest one will win a signed copy of my biography of Michael Schumacher, The Edge of Greatness.
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I think its actually going to be quite close - lets go with +0.180 seconds...


Hmm, are we assuming both drivers to be in Q3? If so, maybe Ferrari will short-fuel Fisi for the kudos of an Italian Ferrari driver on pole! In which case, Fisi to be 0.21 faster than Kimi in Q3...


i reckon, Fisichella is 0,245 seconds slower then Räikkönen in qualifying


I reckon he'll end up 0.075 secs ahead of Kimi.


For quali I think he'll be marginally quicker than Kimi by 0.1 sec.


Slower by 0.493 seconds.


I think a having to learn a different car in a short time will be a problem for fisi. I think he'll trail Kimi by 0.4.32


My guess - 0.261 behind. I would like to see him outqualify Kimi though, but that might be a tall order in his first race in the car.


The KERS cars will certainly have an advantage at Monza. Because of the double-boost, you could see them get very good grid positions on the back of a more optimum fuel load, which would put them in a strong position for the race. I think McLaren will have the edge over Ferrarim but it won't be a walkover, and I'm sure Brawn will have something to say about it.

As for Fisichella, I'm tipping him to be around 0.197 seconds slower than Raikkonen, given that it will be his first time out.


I think he'll surprise us all and be 0.05 *faster* than Kimi!


I reckon 0.25 second of Raikkonen's quali time. Fisi wont be as fast as Kimi, but I'm sure he'll put on a good show.


*off of Raikkonen's quali time rather...


well i think Fisichella will be 0.423 behind but will make it into the top ten, just 😉


I think Fisichella will be pretty close to Raikkonen. I think he will have a lap or two more fuel but only be 0.324 seconds behind him.


Hi James, cool to chat to you on the plane back from Spa (LEGO). I think Fisi will be pretty close to Kimi, maybe .235 behind. (Twitter: JonTT)


How does one send in the timing difference? Do we need to email it or just post a comment here?


Since this season has been so crazy... I am going to go for Fisi out-qualifying Kimi!


ETA he will be 0.09 secs quicker.


Dead heat. With fisi going pole since he did the time first.

Then he'll win the GP. Though Kimi will breakdown, nearly taking Fisi with him and signing his departure
from Ferrari. ...

Or am I just dreaming....


I recokn Fisi will be 0.158 behind Kimi... assuming we are being that precise!


Fisi will be 2/10ths faster.....


Hmm difficult one. Force India never had KERS right?

Fisi will do well I think if he can get adjusted to the car setup and KERS quickly. The practice sessions will be vital.

I'm going to hazard a guess and say Fisi will make Q2 and be 4 tenths of Raikkonen's lap time. Raikkonen will make Q3.


Hi James,

I'm guessing that Fisichella will be .350 (three and a half tenths) off Raikonen's best qualifying time at Monza...


0,19 seconds slower than Kimi.


0.23 sec off


0.348 off Kimi`s Time


-0.250 seconds

in other words, I think Fisi will set a qualifyimg lap 0.250 seconds faster than Kimi, due to being so buoyed up by racing at Monza in a Ferrari!


He will be 0.27 off Kimi.


James, I think he will be -0.059 faster.


Interesting find with regards to the survey James! I'm glad Fisi got the drive, and i'm sure he's estactic.

As far as your question goes, I think Fisichella will be only 0.122 behind Kimi.


0.1 secs (ie faster than Kimi).


Fisi will be faster than Kimi by 0.12 🙂


Hmm, I will gues 0.230 seconds slower than Kimi.

I'm glad the tifosi are getting behind Fisi, I always thought he'd be the best Massa replacement (even before Schumi was announced) & he deserves this fine ending to his F1 racing career. So nice to see such a nice guy living out his dreams!


KERS will certainly be interesting at Monza. I reckon drivers will deploy it out of the lesmos onto the back straight in qualifying as well as the pit straight. In the race, I think they may save it all for the pit straight as overtaking into the parabolica is difficult. The timing might work out such that the KERS button could be held down for the entire pit straight and lead to some overtaking in turn 1.

I say Fisi will be slower by 0.257.


Much as I like Giancarlo and Ferrari, this is a new car for him, in a circuit that's uniquely challenging anyway.

I believe he will score points but let's face it, if he did not have confidence in the car he had under him, he would not have shined in Belgium. I don't doubt that he will get to grips with the Ferrari, eventually, certainly before the end of the season, but a Monza podium may be a bit to much to ask...

...I hope he proves me wrong, though!


Considering he's on good form right now and hopefully the whole 'Italian driver at monza in a Ferrari' will push him rather than cause him to crack under pressure. Though I regard Kimi to be the faster driver and since fisi won't be too familiar with the F60........ Say .328 of a second. However if he got even closer I wouldn't be too suprised.


0.392s with more fuel.


.378 ahead


I'm predicting he will be around .28 behind Raikkonen. Despite his good form, it's a big ask to step into a totally different car. He should improve more during the race though.


0.287 sec

I think Fisi has a goodchance here but Raikkonen won't let him win!


Fisi will qualify _in front_ of Raikkonen by 0.069 seconds. Probably. Maybe.


Fisi will qualify 0.270 seconds slower than Kimi.


I can see Fisi doing well but not being able to match the rejuvenated Kimi. My guess is 0.234 off Kimi's quali time.


Raikkonen will be 0.125 faster than Giancarlo Fissichella.


I estimate Giancarlo to be 0.038 seconds FASTER than Kimi.




Slower than kimi


Nice challenge! +0.348s 🙂


I'm saying 0.213.

Good to see there is a decent ammount of faith in Fisi. I hope he does well and ends his career on a high, good luck to the bloke. After the last race he has proved he has what it takes. I just hope the stress of moving team and learning a new M.O dosn't shake him up too much.


I can't wait to see Monza fever again. It's going to be an amazing race. Personally I think that Giancarlo won't be as far off the pace as Luca was but at the same time he will struggle to get himself to the very front of the grid. Nevertheless, my best wishes for him, he deserves this drive imo. Good luck Giancarlo!

My qualy difference prediction: +0.425

I expect close qualifying.

What do you think James? 🙂


I'll guess he'll be 0.359 seconds off of Kimi's pace.


With Qualifying been so close this year, only a few tenths is a lot of grid places.

I think 0.3 seconds behind Kimi.


Hi James,

my estimate is that Fisi will be 0.436 sec off Raikkonen's time in Quali 3.




I think Fisichella will qualify 6th and finish the race in 5th. He will be 0.268 seconds slower than Kimi in qualifying. Kimi will make the podium once again.


He will lose 0,333 to Räikkönen.


I think Fisi will do quite well. He has a history of being quick off the mark in a new car which is reasonably competitive (in terms of a race result).

He'll be 0.143 behind Kimi because qualifying isn't his strongest area as a driver.


The Italian fans seen naturally optimistic. I'm thinking about 1.25 seconds off of Raikkonen's qualifying.


0.2 Secs 3 places behind Raikkonen ^^ I have become a great fan of your writing so this guess is purely set to win the prize~!


I think it will be a tough job for Fisi to get on the podium, although points are possible. It's difficult to say how good the Ferrari was at Spa as Kimi has such a great record there.

I'll go for 0.3 off Raikkonen's pace (which stage of quali will you take the time from by the way?)


I actually think that Fisi will be faster than Kimi... (probably will receive lighter car if he gets in top 10)

So.... - 0,117 on Kimi's time.. 🙂


Fisi Qual lap 4/10ths faster than Raikkonen.

Domhnall Morrissey

Will the qualifying lap time be fuel corrected for the competition??


I reckon 0.152 seconds off Raikonnen's time.


Kimi - fisi - 0.23 secs


Q3 quali time, well i think he will carry slightly more fuel than Kimi and be slightly off his pace so i predict he will be



What if Fisi outqualifies Raikkonen? I reckon Fisi will get into Q3, and end up 0.234s behind Kimi.


I'll guess +0.256 seconds.


I'm going to say +0.708. Fisico was about 2 seconds behind Alonso 2 years ago.


i think it will take fisi more than a few practice sessions to get to grips with the car, so he will be about 0.250 seconds off kimis pace


I think he will be 0.087 either side of Raikkonen!


I think he'll do well, but I can't see him threatening Kimi from the outset. My prediction is +0.395.

PS. James, what if two people post the same (correct) prediction?


I draw one out of a hat.


Ferrari will want him to succeed so it i sup to him to get to Q3 from there I think they will make him light to give him a fighting chance.... He will be anxious to impress and the combination of his new KERS button with the crazy first chicane at Monza could lead to spills or thrills for Fisi


Raikonnen- faster than Fisi by 0.125


He'll *just* be knocked out in q2 whilst Kimi will make the top 10. His time will be 0.470 off of kimi's in q2. If he makes it to q3, he will be ahead by 0.075 but with a much lighter fuel load.


Driving a Ferrari will give him wings ( 😉 ),

so he will be just .089 slower than Kimi


Fisi will be on it, but I would guess a 10th off Kimi's pace.


Very difficult to guess but I think Fisi will be 0.512 seconds behind Kimi.

Forza Fisi !


I guess in qualify Fisi will be 0.232s behind Kimi...


I think Ferrari, for all sorts of reasons, would be happy for Fisi to outperform Kimi. They're sentimental, and will see Fisi as performing on behalf of Felipe; they don't think Kimi has a realistic prospect of winning the drivers' championship; there's the Italianisation agenda; and if they still haven't finalised the financial arrangements for Kimi to leave at the end of the season, Fisi outperforming him will help. So I could easily see them arranging things in favour of Fisi.

When he's quick, he's very quick, but Kimi has got his oomph back. So I'd say Fisi quicker by 0.085s.

But I'd be very interested to know what you think, James, about how much different Fisi will find the Ferrari, apart from him having to learn KERS.


I actually agree with you on what you've said - with Badoer, they could not get past kimi even though they held his hands and gave him all that he needed - now, they are hoping fisi will decimate kimi judging by the title and article.

they would most likely revert the set-up to suit fisi (if he does drive differently to kimi and what do you know - fisi will outperform kimi, just like massa has been up to the point of injury)...

I dun rate Massa highly at all (I know that pisses his fans off) and feel the politics etc are just over the top with Ferrari, Massa and MS. These people have a history of doing these things and Kimi is just the opposite, so the Alonso to ferrari rumours are most likely to be true. Good luck to ferrari then, alonso and massa combo will be even more explosive than alonso-hamilton judging by their characters - now MS will relish making alonso (his old arch nemesis) look as bad aas kimi has looked through his disciple, massa.


One tenth off. And I've already got 'Edge of Greatness.'



Fisi will be 0.232 seconds quicker than Kimi!


+0.235 over Raikkonen


Fisi will be close to 0.454 sec off Kimi's pace.


Fisi's doing well if he's within 0.4 of a second of Kimi's qualifying time. As for an exact time, I guesstimate a time of 0.340 off Kimi's time. 🙂


0.2 secs faster than Kimi. I think Fisi is going to be super motivated and I hope he proves to everyone his class.


For Fisi to be faster than Kimi would require a miracle. New car, KERS and no testing. However I wish him well. He should be within half a sec off Kimi's time.

My prediction: .429s


just one thing, who wins the book in case Fisi won't make it to Q3?


I just love the fact that history is repeating itself.. Back in 1982, Mario Andretti drove for Ferrari, replacing an injured Didier Peroni.. He managed to put the car on pole and finish 3rd in the race..

So for that, I'm predicting a light Fisichella to qualify pole, ahead of Raikonnen by 0.578 seconds..


Of course, he'll be better than Badoer, but I still think he doesn't deserve a place in the Scuderia.

Methinks Fisi will be slower than Kimi by 0.487 seconds.


Hmm, a great idea, James. Although even if I don't win, I'm still planning on buying the book 😛

I reckon Fisi will be 0.124s behind Kimi.

And I really hope he does well this weekend. I don't expect him to win and I think a podium in his first race in a brand new car is a big ask, but I'm certain that he will score a handful of points at Monza. It will be so great to see it, and it would be mega if an Italian driver won the Italian grand prix in a Ferrari! 😀



If you get the chance, take a look at MS Driven to extremes and then read MS Edge of Greatness. I guarantee that you won't put them down.


Please do, it's really great! If it works out that way and you want it signed let me know. Or you may want one of the rare, unsigned copies!


With a season's experience of the car Kimi should be ahead but an Italian in a Ferrari, home crowd urging him on, straight off the back of one of the drives of his life.. I'm going Fisi ahead by 0.144


I think Fisi will be off Kimi by 0.285 seconds


I think he'll be 0.243 slower than Kimi, but I won't be surprised to see him out-qualify the Finn.


My guess, Fisi will be off Raikkonen by 0.078s



I think Fisi will end up 0.235 behind Kimi in qualifying.



.035 off Kimi


fisi will be 0.333 seconds slower than kimi


I think Fisico will be +0.451 slower than Kimi.


Fisi is Italian, driving at Monza in front of the his first race for Ferrari.

The Ferrari is a complicated car to understand and Fisi is not the greatest racing driver out there - certainly not in Kimi's league (remember what Kimi did to him in Japan 2005?).

I'll go for 0.554 seconds behind Kimi (on a slightly lighter fuel load).


with comments about Force India still being competitive it will be interesting to see the gap with Sutil as well..

As for the question my guess is Fisi will be heavier on fuel.. and about 0.436 behind kimi...


Ooooooh i bet that Fisi was crying at Maranello!!! hehehe

He won't make it in to Q3. Too much to learn.

I won't say timing because i'm not interested in the book. Not you James, just the theme!
It will be interesting and i'm sure ALL Italy will turn to watch F1 next weekend! enjoy!


I think he will be + 0.371 secs off raikkonen



Is this true pace, i.e, how close does fisi get in Q2? or will it be how close in Q3 when fuel loads and strategies could change the result?

Also, on a different note, what is your official role on a race weekend? I know you do the press conferences post qualy and race but do you have an official role either FIA or otherwise?

Also do you still keep in touch with the boys from ITV, like Martin Brundle and Teddy Kravitz?


It's the difference between them on the grid. If Fisi doesn't make it to Q3, then it's their times in Q2, if he does then it will be interesting to see what fuel strategies Ferrari gives them for Q3 and guessing that is part of the challenge here. As for my role, I work for quite a few media organisations, including the Financial Times, RAI TV Italy, ITV F1 website and I do the live text commentary on the official F1 app for the iphone. I'm very busy but, yes I do see Martin and Ted at every race.


James, it's a shame that you can't add one more media organisation to your portfolio, such as the BBC on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Still,we live in hope!!


Fisi will be 0.1 seconds FASTER than Kimi


Fisi will be 0.020 seconds slower than Kimi


I think he'll be 0.197 off in quali and about 0.54 in race pace.


.089 behind kimi


0.05 slower than Kimi.


Fisi will be 0.242 behind Kimi.


You're talking absolute time here, not fuel corrected ?

So Fisi faster by 0.131 (on a slightly lighter load).

or alternatively, slower by 0.098 (on a slightly heavier load).


Fisi will be 0.623 secs behind Kimi on fuel corrected times. Ferrari could fuel him light to get him on pole for showboating so fuel corrected times should apply.


0.128 second off Kimi's in Q3.I think Ferrari will fuel Fisi lighter.


re KERS:

Yes in qualifying they will try to deploy it twice, press it once out of the parabolica, up to the line. But rest of lap will be as per race, KERSing out of slow chicanes or perhaps even a Lesmo.

They might not even get a full double-dip, battery capacity is rated 160%, would depend on how much they can harvest and replenish in the early braking zones, if they are struggling, they might only give it a coupla seconds boost on the outlap, to ensure 100% capacity for the timed lap..

Drag squares, you are proportionately wasting limited KERS output if you deploy at high speed; you use it to get up to Vmax as quick as you can and carry that speed for longer, not use it to better clatter the rev-limiter half-way down the straight.

(DC was ripping my knitting talking about deploying KERS going up the Kemmel straight).

As for Fisi, haven't got a scooby ...

Kimi faster by 0.333333


To expand for those interested, the power required to increase top speed is a cubic function. If we assume 560 kW gives 312 km/h on the Kemmel straight then 620 kW gives 322.7 km/h.

Power is a derived quantity - in a sense it doesn't exist. The engine's torque is what accelerates the car. Power is relevant to aerodynamic drag as the drag force is a function of velocity so it is more useful to talk about the power required to resist the drag force. Excess power to the drag force is used in the form of torque to accelerate the car to a higher speed, which increases the drag, reducing the available torque and the rate of acceleration to zero until the top speed is reached.

If top speed is the sole aim then the gearing should be set so that the top speed occurs at the point of maximum power.

There was the case during the race where Barrichello had Nakajima right behind him just after a pit stop. The Williams had the lowest top speed in qualifying and a trailing car will in effect smooth the wake around the lead car, reducing its drag and increasing the speed of the car that you want to pass. The gearing in the Brawn was such that it started to pull away from the Williams that was about car length behind it.


Power is equal to torque multiplied by revs, including some numerical factors to sort out the units (1 rpm = 0.105 radians per second). During acceleration, power is the rate at which the car's kinetic energy increases, and since kinetic energy is a function of speed squared, you will get a square-root dependence of speed with time (assuming gears are shifted such that the engine is always near the redline where the power output is close to the maximum) until the speed gets high enough that the drag becomes significant.


Fisi Will be 0.687sec slower than Kimi.

Guilherme Sampaio

Fisichella will be 0.86 seconds slower than Kimi.

James, you should make more contests like this one 😀


Judging from the response, I think you are right!


No, please don't do that.

I don't want to sound like a party pooper but while a bit of fun like this is OK occasionally, there's very little worth reading on this post, just loads of numbers.

Don't substitute quantity for quality.

Fisi to go out in Q2, .351 secs slower than Kimi.



It also shows how everybody wants Fisi to do well...


This question is harder than it looks. Fisi was right there with Kimi through the entire race in Belgium, maybe even slightly quicker. In equal machinery you would have to guess they are going to be evenly matched, but the car is new to Fisi, but the Italian driver/car/circuit thing may be worth a few tenths for Fisi?!??!

Its going to be a close one, particularly the way qualifying had been this year. Jenson was half a second off Rubens at Spa and that meant 10 places.

Im going to guess Fisi will be +0.102


0.278 slower than Kimi I reckon.

Good luck to him though, Fisichella for the win!


+ 0.363 seconds behind Kimi. -2 days in front of Badoer.


0.027 quicker than Kimi.

I'll tip an upset regardless of fuel weights.


.037 ahead of Kimi


I reckon 0.752 seconds off Raikonnen’s time.


0.251 faster than Kimi, based on Ferrari giving him a lighter fuel load to put him on pole (and incidentally send a message to Kimi that he might do well to accept being bought out of his contract...)


0.486 off Kimi


I think it will be:






Which session are we talking about? Isn't it unfair to expect us to guess the Q3 times as it may not be representative.


Ok, reading James answers above I would say +0.32s

If you actually compare Fisi against Alonso, he often out qualified FA and was only rarely comprehensively thrashed. I think that a lack of knowledge with the car may hold him back, but not the same extent as Badoer.

I have to say that I actually have the book, but a signed copy would still be nice!

To anyone that hasn't read it, get it, even if you are not a Schumacher fan it is a fascinating read!


Fisi Qual lap 4/10ths faster than Raikkonen.


0.189 slower than Kimi


He will be 0.485 off Raikkonen pace


He'll be .3 off Kimi

Nikifor Đaković

0,387 sec slower


I'll say 0.218 secs


0.117 slower than Kimi


Fisi 0.437 off Kimi's pace


I reck Fisi will be 0.311 slower than Kimi.


+0.800 Something will go wrong for him and he won't get his last flying lap in.


Fisi will go for light fuel load and Kimi several laps heavier. Fisi will be 0.085 faster. (But 2 places higher on grid.)


Assuming he doesn't get too jacked up and make errors that keep him from coming through? Say, .15


0.189 slower


I'll take Fisi at .791 faster than Kimi.


I reckon Fisi will be close - say 0.19s behind Kimi.


I don't think Fisi will make it into Q3.

In Q2 I'd guess he would be around half a second behind Raikkonen.


I would say .125 or in a fraction 1/8th of a second slower. however I think he will have a bit less fuel.

I would love to see Fisi win, what an amazing Swansong for him it would be


Fuel adjusted Kimi will be quicker, but Fisi will be the hare, fueled light to go for pole. So I predict Fisi will be 0.85 sec quicker than Kimi in Q3.

Kimi will have the race winning strategy and Fisi will be on the podium with Vetel.

Maybe 🙂


Hi James

That's very kind of you to offer someone the chance to win your book. The thing is though that it's highly unlikely they'll be carryin the same fuel load!! So this isn't about predicting how fast Fisi will be relative to Raikkonen!

I would be very interested to know what your thoughts are, and Martin Brundle's too actually, on whether Fisi will be quicker than Schumacher would have been in the Ferrari - that's making the assumption that Michael had never had his bike accident and would have made a fully fit comeback.

Obviously if he had come back in Valencia, then you would assume he would be more on the pace in Monza than if Monza was his comeback race, so let's just say, for the sake of argument, we're debating who would be quicker, Fisi or Schuey, if both driving the Ferrari on same weekend for the 1st time this season! What does everyone think??


I've always been a great fan of Fisi, but even I know that in a match with a 100% fit Schumi, and all other things being equal, there'd only be one winner.


Really? I'm not so sure. I mean, we all know that if Fisi and Schumacher were team mates in 2006 or before that Michael would have destroyed him, much like Alonso did to Fisi at Renault in 05-06. But now, after 3 years out of racing??


Blimey, you're an even bigger fan of Fisi than I am. Let's hope we both enjoy next weekend !


0.075s slower than Kimi


He will be 0.315 seconds slower than Raikkonen 🙂


Fisi will be 0.168 seconds slower than Kimi.


Fisi will be 0.433 slower than the Iceman


I say Fisichella will be 0.1 ahead of Raikkonen.


Fisi to qualify 0.109s ahead of Kimi.

Hopefully get an Italian on pole in Italy in an Italian car.


I think 0.157. Which will be a major achievement in a new car switching mid-season. Good luck to him, I say.

I hope he can win a race before the end of the year.


The question really is: "How good is Fisi compared to Massa or Raikkonen?" Massa has beaten Kimi quite a few times this year and I think Fisi can do the same as he will be motivated enough to do so.

I have had a look at how far apart the Ferrari Drivers have been this year on my blog (click on my name for the link) and it is about 1% between Massa and Raikkonen.

My guess? He'll beat Raikkonen by 3 tenths. But I say that purely from the heart as I want Fisi to do well!


Fisi will be 0.317 slower than Kimi.


with fuel corrected


Kimi will be quicker by .126


He will be 0.137 seconds slower than Kimi.


I'll go for 0.124 seconds FASTER


Fisi will be 0.324 seconds slower than Kimi.


Ferrari will want one of there cars on Pole, but it's not to hot over the kerbs... so a light Fisi will take pole by 0.027 over the second placed car, and will be 0.373 quicker than Kimi.


Fisi will be 0.323 behind Kimi's time


I think Fisi will be great in a Ferrari.

I'll go for Fisi being 0.052 slower than Kimi.


Fisi is good but has never been close to Kimi's league (last week was about the cars). There is a lot of anti-Kimi sentiment these soon people forget that Kimi is perhaps one of the fastest drivers of all time. (Remember his record-tying ten fastest laps in 2005 AND last year? And 2008 was in an "off" year.) He just doesn't play the game as well off the track, probably because as an introverted Finn (double-whammy there) he doesn't care to.

Having said that, I think Fisi will be fuelled extremely light to put on a show for the Tifosi, and to perhaps hold up any of the other leaders in the race to keep Kimi in contention.

Even then, fuel-correction aside,in an unfamiliar car and with all the pressure he simply won't out-qualify Kimi. +.358


He will be 0.286 secs behind Kimi, but with more fuel.


I think he'll be pretty close to kimi, having worked with Rob Smedley before back in Jordon.

i'd say he'd be about 0.034 slower


my guess is 0.685

he will struggle with the setup and be out in q2.


i think 0.164 slower than Kimi.

james, from inside the paddock, are people missing felipe massa???


Some are, but F1 moves on very quickly..


0.187 off Kimi with a lighter fuel load


I am absolutely certain that Fisichella will be exactly 0.513 seconds behind his team mate on the grid. Pity the Italians are setting their expectations so high. It might be a short honeymoon for Fisichella.

Great blog - my favourite read online.


James the rules of the contest should be more precise.

Someone just gives a single digit interval (like 0.1,0.2 secs),others give three digits.

What is the correct format to give the time interval?

Also do you mean Q3 time with different fuel loads or Q2 time when everybody is light?

After these clarifications I´ll set my guess.


No they shouldn't. It's up to you to guess. As for Q3, it's part of the challenge to guess what fuel strategy Ferrari will put him on. All part of the fun!


I'm really pleased for Fisi - he seems such a nice bloke. I just hope that he doesn't lose it under the pressure of it all as we was wont to do in the past. He seems to have matured though and handled things nicely in Valencia, so I hope he does well - it's an excellent opportunity for him.

I'd say that he'll be 0.156 behind Kimi.

Good luck to him and thanks for the great challenge James!


0.15 ahead of Raikkonen


I'm going to say exactly the same time...



0.414 secs slower than Kimi



0,485 off kimi, equal fuel.



I reckon 0.595 off Raikkonen. Wishing him all the best though. Great blog James, please keep it up!


I think Fisi will be quicker by .2

He was fast in the Force India so why not?


Great site James! Finally some positive hype for a change.

I hope I'm wrong but I think he will have some trouble adjusting to the Ferrari and will be .761 seconds behind Kimi.


The home crowd boost, vs the lack of testing experience, and Kimi feeling that he'd need to up his game. I'd say they will play it safe, and in low fuel Fisi would be 0.211s slower, and if he made it to Q3 he'd be 0.350s slower.


it will be a intresting situation.

Expanding on this. I think the top 4 will be the mclarens 1-4 and ferrari 2-3

So taking it that fisi will be 3rd and kimi 2nd. I think the gap will be 0.013 behind.


james. A couple of questions.

1. When does the compertition close?

2. What job is/was most fufilling for you and enjoy the most.

>working as pit crew

>The pitlane reporter.

>Taking over as lead comentator

>your current job within the fia.

3. Were you still actively in the paddock when not working for tv and fia

Cheers paul.


Paul, I don't work for the FIA. Not sure where you got that idea from!!

I have enjoyed all the jobs I've done in F1.

As for when the competition closes, I guess we should say before the cars run for the first time, so Midnight UK time on Thursday 10th September.


Aren't you the one orchestrating the press conferences after qualifying and the race?


The press conferences are orchestrated by FOM TV.


0.401 me thinks


The pressure will get to Fisi and he will be 1.111 seconds behind Kimi


I think Fisi's time will be the 0.125 off Kimi's. I think he will run light to get well up the grid in quali.

Fisi already drives the widest car in Formula 1 (ask Jacques Villeneuve at Suzuka some years ago!) With KERS he will be almost impossible to pass.

I think Ferrari's strategy will be for Fisi to hold up the Red Bulls while Kimi romps off.

I think Fisi will accept that strategy but his memory may suffer grievously if he gets through the first chicane first!

It's a lovely story to contemplate but I think Vettel could repeat last year's performance.

Can someone tie up Romain Grossjean and Jaime Algesuari until the rest of the pack leaves the grid? Just for their own protection!!

I wouldn't rate their chances of leaving the circuit intact if they took Fisi out with an over optimistic lunge down the inside into the first chicane.


0.445 seconds behind Kimi


I think 0.177, but, with an Italian in his first race for Ferrari at Monza...who knows.


James, it will be a pretty boring job to create a spreadsheet of the bets 🙂

My tip is that Fisi will be about 0.150 sec slower than Raikkonen, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Q2 gap and the fuel corrected Q3 time would be different.


Both Ferrari's should easily make Q3 because of the accentuated KERS advantage at Monza but I suspect the Ferrari is going to be a very frisky beast in ultra-low downforce trim, which should significantly favour Raikkonen's talents and genitalia.

Fisichella will be fuelled lighter but I am guessing not sufficiently so to get pole, as this would totally compromise his race. I therefore offer a probable guarantee of a definite possibilty that Fisichella will be 0.033 secs behind Raikkonen!


Fisi ahead by .016


I think he'll be better than Badoer (not really hard) but no where near Kimi....+0.7s off Kimi, fuel corrected of course 🙂


Hi James,

Am I right in saying that the last Italian driver to win the Italian GP in a Ferrari was a guy called Ludivicio Scarfiotti in 1968 ??! Just seem to remember reading that some time ago.

If I am, it should make for quite an emotional outpour from the tifosi - and Fisi! - if Fisi wins! I went in 2005 which was probably one of the worst years to go in recent years (still very much enjoyed it of course!) in terms of atmosphere and tifosi attendance for obvious reasons, but would love to be there this weekend!


Sorry, 1966 i meant, not 1968!


I'm going to guess that he'll be 0.131 secs slower than Kimi, and on a lighter fuel load. Fisi is a good driver, but he's nowhere near as good as Raikkonen.


I reckon Fisi 0.436 behind Kimi. Great competition, James!



Fisi quicker:

So Kimi + .294


0.275 seconds behind Kimi.


Monza is not a very demanding track in terms off difficulty for the driver so my guess is :

Fisichella slower by 0.412


He will be 0.54s behind Kimi


Fisi will be 0.285 seconds slower than Raikkonen.


Kimi will arguably be spurred on - so Fisi say 0.35 seconds slower - and he would do well to be this close first time out


He'll be 0.148 faster than Kimi!

Great blog.

Simon of Melbourne

I think he will be 0.452 seconds behind Kimi...thought I'd try and pick an 'exact' figure.


Keep up the good work, this site remains, as expected, the best source of F1 commentary on the net.

Kimi to be ahead of Fisi by 0.273 sec; Fisi to be fuelled heavier.


0.296 seconds behind.


I think that the expectations for Fisi are way too optimistic. Because of the testing ban, Fisi will only discover the car per se on Friday practice. I suspect he will initially be more or less 1.0 sec slower than Raikkonen during these practice sessions, if not more. During race qualifying, Fisi won't make it to the 3d round, while KR will. I wish I could be wrong as I like the guy, but with no practice under his belt, he will need to discover almost everything anew during the race weekend, and this include not only a new car, but also different aerodynamis, a new team, the use of KERS, a different dashboard, differet engineers, different pit position, along with the huge prssure from everyone who expect him to do incredibly (and unrealistically) well. It should take him 2 or 3 races to be level with KR without beating him which may happen during the last two races.


Fisichella will be slower,(more fuel) by 0.135. I love an "underdog". Go Fisichella live the dream!


Fisi behind Kimi by .235


Fisi will be .437 off of kimis lap


I reckon +0.214.




I reckon Fisi will be +.459 slower than Kimi.

Delighted Luca the milkcart / test driver doesn't have a drive in the Ferrari for Monza!!!

No wonder the Ferrari's are so slow the past few years!!! 😉


I think FIS will be +0.213 back from RAI.



Fisi will be 0.273 slower that the iceman.


Congrats to Fisi. Do Ferrari proud.

As far as comparing times... Fisi will be .128 seconds slower than Kimi.


0.521 secs behind Kimi - the Ferrari is not an easy car to come to grips with.


Kimi has some history of notable performances at Monza when the car has been fast, topping qualifying in 2005 (with heavy fuel and an engine penalty that put him 11th) and 2006. However, his expectations are a bit lower for Monza due to the kerb-riding performance of the car.

2007 suggests that one-stopping is the quickest way to run the race ignoring track position effects. My guess is that the F60 won't be quick enough for pole with Fisi driving and therefore he'll go for a one-stop strategy.

I'll go with 0.321 seconds as a gap in Q2 (Kimi quicker). To maximise the KERS benefit at the start through traction and braking into the chicane, I reckon Ferrari could well want to start Kimi on the soft tyres, so this may favour a two-stop for him, so I'll go with a 1.105 second gap in Q3 if Fisi makes the cut.


Yes, I remember sitting there in the grandstand at Monza 2005, and when Kimi put it on pole with about 11 laps more fuel on board than JPM, I thought 2 things: This rule is so stupidly unfair on the driver and surely Montoya's day's are numbered...which they turned out to be!


Fisi 0.501 secs behind Kimi.





Fisi will be 0.512 slower


0.625 slower than Kimi, Mona is a confidence circuit. Fisi won't be able to attack the kerbs the way he should because he won't know the car.

Plus the engine is very different to the Mercedes in terms of it's power curve.


If we are talking about Q2, I predict that Fisi will be about 0.150s behind Kimi.

Q3 with qualifying fuel, Ferrari will give Fisi a lighter load to get him to the front row (or pole), and he'll be 0.220s faster than Kimi. Kimi might start in row 2 or 3 instead...


Kimi ahead by 0.667


Kimi 0.305 secs faster


I think fisi will be 0.121 off of kimi's pace at monza. Go fisi!


slower than Kimi by .457 secs

Go Lewis


Fisi .221 seconds behind Kimi.


0.158sec slower than Kimi!!!


Fisi behind by 0.278 sec.


fisi behind by .086, hope he wins though! 🙂


Kimi is not interested in beating Fisi, for he'll be there for only the remaining races. Fisi will be faster by 0,1 seconds.


Italian in a Ferrari at Monza, Bernie's script dictates that he'll just pip Kimi by 0.013. They'll both be light and be 2nd and 3rd.


Kimi will be ahead of Fisichella by about 0.227.


Fisi will start slowly and will improve throughout the weekend,...

I say 0.135 of Kimi



i expect it to be based on q3 / q2

( actually so many variables : )


Kimi + 0.317


+0.111s off Kimi.


0.548 seconds slower than Kimi.


Fisi slower by 0.3 seconds.


0.224 secs slower than Kimi!

Racing not politics

Great competition James, when you say signed, will be signed by both you and MS?

I think Fisi will be 0.185 slower than Kimi


Like rob said to "bad" at spa. If he gets all the sections right, he'll be 3/tenths off kimi.


I think fisico will be 0.086 seconds slower then kimi


I reckon +0.513s to kimi's time


I think he'll get quicker as the end of the season rolls out, but for Monza I think Fisi will be 0.308 slower than Kimi.


My prediction.

Fisi will not make it into Q3. He will be 0.310 seconds behind Kimi in Q2.


0.236 slower than Kimi (P-8)


+0.137 I think.

Though I'd like him to be -0.137. Save that for the race result eh!


Kimi not been able to get the best out of the ferrari in qualifying for a while. Fisi will be -0.023 (i.e. faster) than Kimi, but with less fuel.


I think Fisi will be 0.335 seconds behind Kimi, but fuel-corrected they will be pretty close.


Fisi .124 slower


James i own the book and being a HUGE schumacher fan i have to say it is the best publication i have read, great work i've recommended it to all my mates and 3 of them have bought it already. I'd still like a signed copy though =)

Anyway enough @ss kissing =)

I'm going for 0.338 slower than kimi. Love to see him do well but i think new car etc he'll be down a bit.

Awesome competition by the way.


0.313 behind Kimi


I don't think Fisi's ever been one to handle pressure very well and what could be more pressure inducing than being Italian and driving a Ferrari for the first time, at Monza? So I say he will fail to set a time, either the Ferrari giving up or him crashing.


I think Fisichella will be 0.382 seconds slower then Kimi.


Hey James,

Great game.

My guess is Fisi will be 0.323 off Kimi's time in whichever is the last qualifying session they both finish in (i.e. if Fisi goes out in Q2, that'll be the time relative to Kimi's).

Just to add, if you wanna decider based on someone else having stated the same time, I also believe that if they both make Q3, Fisi will be fueled significantly lighter than Kimi, so the difference is actually greater than the time suggested.


0.523 secs slower. No disrespect to Fisi intended, but he will struggle initially with the new car. I'm still pleased he got the gig though!


I'm sure Fisi will be 'very appee' just to be in the cockpit for the Scuderia. My guess is he will end up 0.647 off Kimi's pace.


Kimi's on fire and Fisichella will need time to adapt.

In Q2, I expect Fisico to be slower by a mere 0.228 than KR.


I don't think Fisi will make Q3. Final gap between Fisi and Kimi will be +0.944.


I'm guessing that Kimi will be 0.456 faster than Fisi in Q2 on light fuel. I would expect the Q3 difference to be 0.355

(How's that for Ferrari numbers?)


i reckon 0.318 slower than kimi


I think Fisichella will be + 0.478 seconds behind Raikkonen.


Loving this website and your competition idea!

I'm going for 0.239 seconds behind Kimi


I reckon Fisi will be slower by 0.213sec. 🙂


I say .300 off kimi's time.


+0.264 seconds to Raikkonen.

I only say he will be behind, because it's not possible for him to be ahead without having enough time in the red scarlet.


Here in Como, 25 km north of Monza, the weather's been dry and sunny for the past few days but the weekend's forecast has started vaguely hinting of rain, maybe for Saturday. Probably nothing to worry about.


Uh Oh! We all remember last year's Monza..


Well I don't think it's going to bucket down in quite the same way, but for example is now suggesting showers for qualifying and thunderstorms for the race.


I'm going to say Fisi will be 0.233 slower than Kimi.

Thanks for the great blog James! First place i come to for F1 news.


I reckon provided they both get through to Q3 Fisi will be .053 off Kimi.


0.315 slower than kimi



Will you post your guess after the competition has closed?


About +0.12.


Fisi .189 sec behind kimi.


Fisi - i think +0.511 slower


FISI -0.257 slower than RAI


Fisico will be 0.3 sec faster than Kimi.


Fisico will most probably be 3 tenths off Raikkonen´s pace.

To be more precise, 0.329 of a second.


Fisi 0.398 slower than Kimi

Munaf von Rudloff

I think Fisi will adapt well, but the ferrari is different to the Findia in that it has better developed aero and more drag though. adapting to KERS use won't take long so i'm going to say 0.176 slower than Kimi in Q3


My prediction is that Fisi will be 0.467 slower than Kimi.


I'll say +0.071


I think he should be around .237 behind on Raikonnen.


I think Fisi will be 0.294s slower than Kimi.


0.999 behind Raikonnen


Well..Fisi will be +.280 slower and out of the edge of Q3.I will be totally surprise to see Fisi quicker than Kimi


Fisi will be .394 behind kimi

Li Jihong(李骥鸿)

Fisi may be .575 behind on Kimi


Fisi will be 0.235 slower than Kimi!


Dear James,

my guess: Fisi will be 0.325 seconds behind Kimi.



I woulsd say .158 of a second slower than Kimi


I guess Fisi will be 0.236 slower than Kimi.


I predict Fisi will be 0.316 slower than Kimi


Fisi will be 0.469 slower than Kimi!

Adrian Setterfield

.601 slower than Kimi


0.622 seconds quicker than Kimi

D'oh! I went for 0.322 seconds quicker than Kimi. Knew he wouldn't get into Q3 🙂


I'm quite proud of my little prediction...

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