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Monza Race Track
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Monza Race Track
Advantages: great fast track, good race.
Disadvantages: sutil didnt get a podium
The Italian grand prix held at Monza is one of the fastest circuits in the driving calendar, this is because of its long straights. However its also one of the hardest on the engines as well this is because of the sharp corners and the chicanes, which have been highbred this year to stop people running through them to gain time. Putting all this together I think we will be seeing a few retirements this year through engine failures through the race.
Because of the long straights it gives a fantastic opportunity to overtake in many places, by getting in the slip stream, out breaking into the chicanes and I think we should also see a lot of overtakes from the kers cars this weekend down the straights as the other cars will just be defenceless. This weekend we see not only the mclarens running their kers with the Ferraris but also Renault have gone for kers as well so it should be fun to see how that pans out.
Most the cars will run one stop here as the circuit is only 53 laps and only around the 1 minute 26-30 lap times. However the weather isn't always predictable here and if there is some rain then it should make a interesting race and probably benefit the two stoppers depending on when the rain hits.
Qualifying for the Italian grand prix was just as exciting as any other race this season however unlike many other qualifying sessions this year we failed to see a big name go out early on. The two toro rosso's start from the back, and the two Williams cars are only just in front of them, however they already knew they would be struggling for pace at this circuit.
Perhaps it was Timo Glock who was the main surprise in qualifying as he didn't make the first cut either and his team mate managed to bring the car home in 11 nearly making it through to the final shoot out session.
The second session saw the likes of Romain Grosjean go out in 12, his best qualifying yet, and also Fisichella in his new shiny Ferrari who just failed to really get used to the car I think and with crashing in practise the team only just managed to get the car back together in time so perhaps this altered some of the settings as well. So he will start in 14 however with the new boost his force India didn't have before im sure he'll manage to jump a few cars from the grid.
The final shoot out session then saw everyone going at it in usual F1 style, the red bulls again lack down force here and only managed 9th and 10th. The young Vettel once again out qualifying his team mate.
Fernando Alonso starts eight on the grid, just behind force indias new boy Vitantonio Liuzzi who used to race for them in 2006 I think it was. Coming into this grand prix I didn't really expect anything from his and I'm sure his team weren't expecting seventh on the grid either.
Jenson Button seems to have coped with the apparent nerves he's under this week and managed to get sixth, however he was still beaten by his team mate Barichello who starts fifth.
Heikki Koverlinen is the surprise one in fourth though, he has done incredibly well to stick his car up there and he is also the fuel adjusted pole sitter of the grand prix and ill come on top that a little later.
Kimi Rakionen seems like a man on a mission at the moment, winning the last race he looks hungry for more and starting third he has a good chance for a podium at least, especially if he can jump Sutil at the start with his magic kers button.
And that brings me to the second position, Adrian Sutil. Who would have believed that. Well actually he was looking fast in practise all week and as it was his former team mate Fisichella who was on pole last week this time it was his time to shine. Do you think Fisichella may just be regretting leaving Force Indian a little bit now?
And the polo sitter for the second time this year is Lewis Hamilton, he is also aiming for his second win this season and I'm sure if he can put in a good race he can get it. However to get him there mclaren have fuelled him light. Stopping at lap 16, one lap before Sutil he is the lightest man on the grid and that puts him fuel adjusted actually third after Barichello so the key here will be to get a good start and make a big gap in the first 16 laps to come out in a good position.
So that qualifying over with, and now I'm going to make my race predictions, ill make them and im not going to change them even if they are totally wrong but here goes any way.
1st- Lewis Hamliton. Yes, I may regret saying that as race wise he inst in the strongest position however he is a consistant driver and if he can deliver the lap times and pull away I think he will come away with the win here.
2nd- Heikki Kovelinen. A mclaren 1, 2. He is in the strongest position of everyone on the grid however he just usually fails to deliver, I cant see him winning the race but if he goes round well second should be a good result for him.
3rd- Kimi Rakionen. He should be able to boost Sutil off the start and stay with Hamilton and perhaps even go for an overtake there, if he can do that then forget third he may even have the whole race.
4th- Rubens Barichello. I think he might just miss a podium here or perhaps even mange third.
5th-Adrian Sutil. Starting second but really surrounded by stronger cars fuel wise. However he has a great performing car at this track and if he delivers lap times a fifth position should be fairly easy and I hope he will better this and I would love to see him get a podium but realistically I don't think he will manage it.
6th- Jenson Button. I think he will score a few points here but not really manage to get up there. I'm expecting a bad start yet again but he'll pull back a bit and manage a few points but nothing incredible.
7th- Sebastian Vettel. don't think the red bulls are capable of doing better than this on this track at least so I'm sure he'll manage a point or two but nothing more.
8th- Fernando Alonso. This one was between Webber and Alonso really. Luizzi I don't think will manage a points finish as its his first race and I expect a spin or something somewhere. I think Alonso will just manage to get the edge and get in the points though, but he cant really be racing for more than that this race.
Well, quite a fascinating race again, and my predictions were totally wrong however I think I did get a couple of places right.
The start was pretty good for the likes of Raikenen, he could have even taken Hamilton off the start if he didn't have to run off onto the grass a little.
Sutil had a pretty good start, it was inevitable in a way he would loose position to the Ferrari with the kers behind him but at least he didn't get taken by the kers powered koverlinen either.
Koverlinen had a terrible start, starting 4th on the grid and in the strongest position to win fuel adjusted you would expect him to keep his position, instead he got taken by Barichelo and Jenson on the first lap and ended up in 9th position by lap three, he just never had any pace up till the end, but by that time it was too late to score any decent points for him self or the team, and I;m sure Mclaren will be having a closer look at his performance now.
Hamilton didn't have a great start off the line, like at Belgium he didn't get off well but somewhat managed to block Raikkonen a bit and stop him getting through, in fact it was Sutil who nearly took Hamilton off the start before he had time to press his magical Kers button.
Hamilton began to shine after his start and just pulled away, he opened up a gap of more than 16 seconds on the one stoppers before he came into pit earlier than expected and had quite a bit of time of raikkonen as well who was his closest one stop rival.
He came out of the pit in a good position, however it was apparent from then on that with the tyre change, and him needing to stop again he wasn't really going to be able to do enough to beat the two brawns who were only doing one stops. It seems that the one stop was the best method then.
Mark Webber also had a disastrous start to the grand prix, he had a bit of a collision with bmw's Kubica in the first lap and this led to an early retirement, Kubica also retired some time after this presumably to save engine as he was already lapped by everyone and still had to pit.
Vitantonio Liuzzi was doing really well in his first race back in formula one. He had a really good start and had even managed to overtake the kers car of Koverlinen who was on a similar fuel load. However his weekend was ended on lap 22 when his gear box, or clutch just gave in and he was forced to pull up, that was sad to see as he had been going strong all weekend and he looked sure for a couple of points before that happened, but I'm sure he'll be back next race and be up there again.
Apart form the opening laps then, there weren't too much overtaking going on, Barichello looked sure for the win from the moment Hamilton was struggling to get away after his first pit stop. Button couldn't really catch him and after Barichello had a faster pit stop and put even more of a gap on his team mate the win was almost a certainty.
The second place finish wasn't as certain for Jenson Button though, Hamilton was just behind him and closing in more and more every lap however in the end it just wasn't possible for him. Hamilton had set his fastest sector on the last lap when he looked ot just push the car too hard and dropped it coming out of a corner, it spun and it forced him to retire and end in 12 and out of the points. Had he have just gone round the track, he would have finished in 3rd however I guess its commendable that he was pushing till the end, and as he isn't fighting for the championship he may as well as pushed as hard as he could.
Raikonen gave another good solid performance to end up in third place, however that was mainly due to Hamiltons crash but it's a podium none the less.
However I think the star this weekend for me was Adrian Sutil, he has always been the quicker of the two force India drivers I feel and although out shined by Fisichella last grand prix he performed well this time round. Fourth place for him was certainly well deserved and he was really on the pace all weekend and I cant wait to see him come back at the next four races and I hope he cant get a podium or even the teams first F1 victory.
Fernando Alonso did another consistent job again, finishing in 5th place, three places up than I had predicted, however he is a class driver and very rarely make mistakes on the track.
So, Rubens now lowers the gap to Jenson by another two points, shame it wasn't more really and this race has also effectively ended the hope of the two red bulls of championship victory as well, it is still do-able, but extremely unlikely. However there's now just 14 points between the two brawns and it finally hotting up into a f1 championship for the first time in quite a few races I feel, and I now cant wait to see Barichello put the pressure on Button a little and see how the last four races go.
Summary: good race track