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Italian GP 2010: Alonso Takes Italian Victory In Strategic Fashion

Fernando Alonso took victory as a Ferrari driver on his first Italian GP with the marque.  He held 2nd place for most of the race behind Jenson Button who he passed late on in a pitlane strategic manoeuvre meaning the current world champion had to settle for 2nd.

Felipe Massa was 3rd.

Race Review

Button had the choice of starts from the front, and got ahead of an ailing Fernando Alonso through the first few corners.  There was no love lost between Alonso and Massa who banged wheels until the second chicane when Alonso fought in front to chase Button down.

At that second chicane, Lewis Hamilton tried to slide down the inside of Massa but hit the Brazilian’s sidepod and broke his steering, putting him out of the race just a handful of corners in.  Not a weekend to remember for the ’08 champion.

The only consolation prize for Hamilton was that title rival Mark Webber had been shuffled back down to 9th place as others, including his team mate Sebastian Vettel managed to get around him.

The top 3 cars pulled well away from Nico Rosberg in third who cruised around for majority of the race unharmed in his Mercedes.  However he would eventually drop down to 5th, as Vettel who had struggled with brake problems and seemingly let his team mate round would gain 4th by staying out for 52 of the 53 laps on the same set of tyres.

Alonso chased Button down for most of the race until lap 35 when the British driver blinked and pitted for tyres, while Alonso stayed out on extra lap to do a quick one on the old heavily worn soft Bridgestones.  Button’s stop was 4.2 seconds.  Alonso pitted at the end of a quick lap, his stop was less and he drag raced Button out of the pitlane, just managing to stay ahead.

He would hold that position until the end of the race scoring a win for Ferarri at home in his first season.  Button and Massa both picked up vital points, but Alonso is now right back into the thick of the championship action thanks to Mark Webber’s low finish and Hamilton’s DNF.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h16:24.572
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     2.938
 3.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.223
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    28.193
 5.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    29.942
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    31.276
 7.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +    32.812
 8.  Kubica        Renault                    +    34.028
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    44.948
10.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +  1:04.213
11.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:05.056
12.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +  1:06.106
13.  Petrov        Renault                    +  1:18.919
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
17.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
18.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth             +    2 laps
19.  Di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
20.  Yamamoto      HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:24.139

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth               47
Senna         HRT-Cosworth                 12
Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes             1

Alonso: Monza Critical For Me And For Ferrari

Fernando Alonso has described the Italian Grand Prix as a critical race to gain a result from for both himself and for the Ferrari team.

The Italian race, held at Monza is Ferrari’s home Grand Prix.  It will be Alonso’s first in Ferrari red and he wants the home tifosi fans to have something to shout about.

He is lagging behind in the championship standaings after his DNF at last weekends Belgian Grand Prix where he suffered a string of different problems before eventually crashing his Ferrari out of the race in the rainy conditions.

“There is no denying that the Monza race will be very important,” he wrote in his blog for the Ferrari website.

“At our home circuit we will have to do everything to avoid losing any more points: a good result here would be a great boost. If things go badly, it won’t be over but it would be a hard knock for team morale.”

He is adamant that all is not yet lost for Ferrari this season and that a change of luck could make a massive difference.

“I have always said – and I repeat it now – that in the course of the season, good luck and bad luck tend to balance one another out, so let’s hope that from now on it’s payback time,” said Alonso.

“The first ‘final’ went badly, but there are still six to go. Going into these seven races, I had said that whoever did the best job in them would take the title: clearly, there are now three of us who need to make up for ground lost in Spa.

“With this points system and the way races swing one way or another, I am convinced we still have a significant chance. There are 150 points up for grabs, enough to turn the situation around. We must remain calm and concentrate, to try and make up the difference as soon as possible.”

Italian GP 2009: Barrichello Takes Strategic Win Of Quality Race

Rubens Barrichello took the chequered flag, and another win for himself and the Brawn GP team in today’s Italian Grand Prix after  a fantastic strategic effort from Ross Brawn.

The single stop strategy employed by the white cars of Brawn led to Jenson Button joining Rubens on the podium in 2nd, with Kimi Raikkonen being gifted 3rd place on the last lap.

Race Review

Lewis Hamilton didn’t get a great start, unlike Kimi Raikkonen and the Finn was forced onto the grass going down to the first chicane.  He managed to make a pass on Adrian Sutil, while the rest of the field fed around without bother – Timo Glock the only driver having to use the escape road.

Then into the second chicane, the first major incident – Robert Kubica tipped Mark Webber’s Red Bull round into the gravel and the Australian was forced to retire after just a handful of corners.  The incident led to front wing damage to Kubica’s BMW, and the Pole was forced into the pits some laps later as the FIA were concerned about its’ safety at 220mph.

Heikki Kovalainen had a terrible start, losing out to Barrichello and then Liuzzi and Alonso, despite claiming pre-race that he could win the GP and indeed his KERS system.

Hamilton then started to pull well away from Kimi Raikkonen, who to all intents and purposes held up Adrian Sutil as the Ferrari looked to struggle.

These 3 drivers at the top on 2 stop strategies made a big gap over the two Brawn’s behind them, and then Tonio Liuzzi held 7th well with Fernando Alonso hustling the Renault behind him, trying to squeeze every last bit of performance from the R29.

Hamilton pushed incredibly hard, the McLaren right on the ragged edge many times.  He pitted early, and Raikkonen & Sutil pulled ahead.  Hamilton was released into favourable traffic ahead of Liuzzi and Alonso.

With Raikkonen and Sutil then pitting, the now lighter Brawn’s pulled well away with Rubens Barrichello holding a good dap lead over championship rival and team mate Button.

Robert Kubica ended up retiring, with some kind of oil leak – although Martin Brundle claimed on BBC television that they were saving the engine as they were nearing their allocation limit.

Tonio Liuzzi too had a scare when he was driving through towards the Roggia chicane when at around 200mph the clutch appeared to break completely and the Force India driver ended his day in the sliproad of that chicane.  Disappointing after a fairly good weekend.

Giancarlo Fisichella looked largely average making his Ferrari debut, losing out on positions to various drivers, which in the end meant he finished the race in 9th place just behind Sebastian Vettel.  A shame for Fisichella not to score points on his debut.

After the final stops, Hamilton came out in 3rd behind the two Brawns and immediately started chasing.  Hamilton said after the race every lap was like “a qualifying one”.  Raikkonen and Sutil had a pitstop race, but both made mistakes! Raikkonen nearly stalled leaving his box, and Sutil tried to run down half his pitcrew.  Raikkonen came out in front and despite massive pressure would hold Adrian off until the end of the race.

The final piece of action really came from Lewis Hamilton, who, chasing down those Brawn’s managed to lose the car on the exit of the first Lesmo, spinning and smashing into an unforgiving tyre/concrete mixed barrier.  He ripped lots of bodywork off the car and left it strewn across the track. The ensuing double waved yellows and safety car board [in vein!] Raikkonen cruised passed and into 3rd place.

Classified Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 R. Barrichello Brawn Mercedes
2 J. Button Brawn Mercedes +2.866
3 K. Raikkonen Ferrari +30.664
4 A. Sutil Force India Mercedes +31.131
5 F. Alonso Renault +59.182
6 H. Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes +1.00.693
7 N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1.22.412
8 S. Vettel Red Bull Renault +1.25.472
9 G. Fisichella Ferrari +1.26.856
10 K. Nakajima Williams Toyota +2.00.000
11 T. Glock Toyota +2.43.925
12 L. Hamilton* McLaren Mercedes +1 lap
13 S. Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari +1 lap
14 J. Trulli Toyota +1 lap
15 R. Grosjean Renault +1 lap
16 N. Rosberg Williams Toyota +2 laps

*: Lewis Hamilton crashed on the final lap but was still classified by order of being 1 lap ahead of other runners classified lower.

Fastest Lap: A. Sutil (Force India) – 1.24.739


Driver Team Lap Reason
L. Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 55 Crash
V. Liuzzi Force India Mercedes 23 Clutch
J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 20 Unknown
R. Kubica BMW Sauber 16 Oil Leak
M. Webber Red Bull Renault 1 Crash


Italian GP 2009: Post Qualifying Reaction

Here are some interviews with drivers and team bosses following today’s qualifying session for the 2009 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.  This is a new idea to collaborate interviews in one easy, simple post.  Let me know what you think.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) – McLaren Mercedes – Qualified: 1st

“It was a very close qualifying session…and they (Force India) are incredibly fast and competitive, but our team did a great job this weekend. I was able to put the lap together. It’s such a great feeling to put that lap together, the public have to imagine what it is like, it is the most exciting exhilarating thing.

“I guess we have to wait and see what the strategies are for everyone tomorrow, but we feel quite comfortable and needed to be where we are,”

Adrian Sutil (DEU) – Force India – Qualified: 2nd

“It is a great moment, a great deal. The whole weekend was a big success already. We did good work, and the car is amazing, really quick.  It’s unbelievable, it is so good for the team especially after the Spa success.  We continued it here and just being competitive, it is such a different feeling in the car right now. You know you have a chance.

“It’s a good feeling like the racing driver is back in me. I enjoyed every single moment.”

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) – Ferrari – Qualified: 3rd

“It is not perfect for sure but it shows us again that once we put race fuel in the car it is stronger against the others.  The car is more difficult in Q2 than in Q1 or Q3. It has been very good all weekend. We have some issues with it but unfortunately we cannot fix them as well as we want.  Overall, with race fuel the car is running nicely and I am very happy with it.

“We (will) give the best and hopefully give the best for our Italian fans and ourselves.”

Jenson Button (GBR) – Brawn Mercedes – Qualified: 6th

“All weekend I’ve been pretty happy with the car, and it got better in qualifying. It went well on both high fuel and low fuel.  I think we can go well from there [sixth]. My team-mate slightly pipped me, by 15 hundredths, which is a pain, but we’re in a good position.

“I want to go out there and win this race. We’ve done the best strategy not to just score points but to do the best job we can this weekend. I think our strategy is good and I’m looking forward to it.”

Timo Glock (DEU) – Toyota – Qualified: 16th

“It’s frustrating to miss out on second qualifying when I was only sixth tenths away from the fastest lap of the session,” said the Toyota driver, who will start from a disappointing 16th position.

“We looked quite promising this morning but we didn’t transfer all of that speed to qualifying, and I wasn’t helped by traffic.”

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) – Toro Rosso – Qualified: 20th [5 place penalty]

“I was not expecting much from this session, after problems in the morning with my gearbox meant I only did ten laps in free practice,” said the Spanish rookie.

“Because of that, I did not have the time to try much in terms of setting up the car. Therefore, we carried over some unknown factors into qualifying and I have to say, I am still getting used to driving the car in this low downforce configuration.

“I hope I can still have a good race tomorrow and to be honest, I hope it rains.”

Italian GP 2009: Qualifying, Hamilton Takes Pole

Lewis Hamilton slotted his McLaren into pole position for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix, as the KERS and Mercedes Benz engined cars made the most of their performance advantage.

Indeed, Adrian Sutil will line up alongside Hamilton, his best ever qualifying in the Force India.  Kimi Raikkonen stares down Hamilton’s back end and will be looking for a good start, and possibly a 2nd win in a row for the Scuderia.

Kovalainen, Barrichello, Button and Liuzzi continue down to 7th, making it 6 cars in the top 7 with the Mercedes power units.

Alonso takes 8th, something to remove the limelight of Crash-Gate away from Renault.  His rookie team mate Romain Grosjean is down in 12th.

Splitting them are the Red Bull’s who really have lost their way over the past few Grand Prix.  Fisichella takes 14th in his first qualifying for Ferrari.

Jaime Alguersuari qualified last, and also takes a 5 place penalty for changing Gearboxes.

Post qualifying reaction here:

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:23.375  1:22.973  1:24.066
 2.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:23.576  1:23.070  1:24.261
 3.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:23.349  1:23.426  1:24.523
 4.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:23.515  1:23.528  1:24.845
 5.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:23.483  1:22.976  1:25.015
 6.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:23.403  1:22.955  1:25.030
 7.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:23.578  1:23.207  1:25.043
 8.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:23.708  1:23.497  1:25.072
 9.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:23.558  1:23.545  1:25.180
10.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:23.755  1:23.273  1:25.314
11.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:24.014  1:23.611
12.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:23.975  1:23.728
13.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:24.001  1:23.866
14.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:23.828  1:23.901
15.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:23.584  1:24.275
16.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:24.036
17.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:24.074
18.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:24.121
19.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.220
20.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.951

Italian GP 2009: Sutil Fastest In FP2

Adrian Sutil topped the times in session 2 of practice at Monza, while the championship top buys lost their way down to the bottom of the timesheets.

Giancarlo Fisichella “did a Badoer” and found himself languishing in last place.

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


Rome Considering F1 Race Bid

The Italian capital city of Rome is said to be considering a bid for an F1 race.

Former racing driver Maurizio Flammini had the idea for a street race around the classic city in 1984, but after having previous hopes dashed he has once again proposed it to the mayor.  The mayor appars keen on the idea, and plans for the route of the new course and said to be in the process of being drawn up.

“It’s an idea Flammini has proposed and mayor Gianni Alemanno has said it is possible,” a city council spokesman told Reuters.

Rome was visited by the Renault F1 roadshow in 2006, where the R26 was demonstrated by Giancarlo Fisichella, himself a local Roman and Franck Montagny.

The Italian GP currently takes place at the historic circuit of Monza, so it is unlikely to take the Italian GP away from that much loved circuit.  However, with the Italian’s loving F1, and with the San Marino GP not in place at the moment it could do a title swap, or even take Valencia’s role as a European GP.  How about the Mediterranean GP?!

2011 is the target date, but whether it happens is yet to be seen.

The Renault roadshow in Rome

The Renault roadshow in Rome

Drivers Unhappy With Hamilton’s Agressive Attitude

Many F1 drivers have become increasingly outspoken about their distaste for Lewis Hamilton’s on track attacks and agression after a spate of incidents in last weekend’s race at Monza.

Hamilton defended and attacked too harshly on more than one occassion. The first being when he overtook Timo Glock, but when the Toyota driver tried to come back at Hamilton, Lewis forced him off the rod and onto the grass, very dangerous given the seriously bad weather conditions.

The second incident was worse, going down the main straight he was neck and neck trying to overtake Mark Webber, Hamilton got just ahead, the Australian tried to go down the left-hand side bu the McLaren driver bumped straight into him. At this incident he cannot blame the spray as the weather was better. It forced Webber off track, and put him off having another go incase Lewis ended his race.

Fernando Alonso, Hamilton’s former team mate commented to Spanish television: “There was some unnecessary movements he made, and he repeated them with Glock and Webber. It is his way of racing.”

Timo Glock was much more angry, and threatened Hamilton with a taste of his own medicine.

“I do not know what he was thinking. I was right next to him but he left me no room. Sometimes he drives as though he is completely alone on the track,” the German told RTL.

“The next time I am with him (on track), I will behave with him in exactly the same way,” Glock promised.

Mark Webber ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Vettel Takes Maiden Victory At Monza

Sebastian Vettel has taken his first ever win at Monza this afternoon.  The 21 year old from Germany takes the record as the youngest ever grand prix winner (previously Alonso), and also makes Toro Rosso’s first ever win.

Race Review

The race started under the safety car as conditions were very wet, and the FIA wanted the drivers to have a “taster” of the circuit before they went racing.  Sebastien Bourdais luck was out before he started, the Toro Rosso wouldn’t go anywhere, and being under safety car there is no formation lap and he had to be wheeled to the pits to try and get him started.

In the beginning everyone was ambling around, but when the safety car came in it all kicked off.  Vettel was tenths of a second faster on every lap than anyone else, he showed great courage and probably luck in the fact he had no spray to deal with!

Further back drivers were trading places, but everyone was paranoid about driving over chicanes after “Chicane gate”.  Massa had to give a place back, as did many others.

Lewis Hamilton pushed his way through the field, passing Raikkonen like he was stood still despite having much more fuel than the Finn.

Both he and Raikkonen had previously dispatched Giancarlo Fisichella, but when the Italian tried to defend against David Coulthard he knocked his nosecone.  coming down to the parabolica, Fisichella’s nose completely disintegrated and he went straight into the barriers.

Hamilton was going fast still while most of the other drivers were struggling to make overtakes stick. The track was growing drier and drier, and while most made a stop and put Extreme wets on, Hamilton continued and stopped on lap 27, a clear 1 stop strategy.  Intellegence was coming frmo the radars that rain was coming so Hamilton put extreme wets on his car, it would prove to be a mistake.

No rain was coming, and the track was getting drier all the time.  David Coulthard then Fernando Alonso came in and gambled on the wets.  It worked for Alonso who was lapping well faster than everyone else.  Felipe Massa changed too at his scheduled stop, as did most of the rest of the field.  Robert Kubica’s stop was perfectly timed to take the intermediate tyres, and this paid dividends turning a quite race into a podium finish.

This meant that Hamilton was losing time on the wrong tyres, and his strategy of 1 stop was thrown out of the window as McLaren acknowledged his need to change to inermediates.  He did so, but ruined his chances of winning.  Webber was catching Hamilton very easily as the Brit wasn’t getting them up to temperature.  Webber tried to outbrake Hamilton round the outside into the first chicane, but Hamilton bumped wheels with the Australian forcing him across the grass.

From there, Massa kept Hamilton behind easily, it never really looked like the McLaren would gain enough advantage to pass.

Towards the end there was more incident.  Jenson Button crossed the chicane into turn 1 and clean scraped the side of Nelson Piquet, not really sure what was going on but there was carbon fibre all over the place.  A lap later Piquet would powerslide his Renault across the grass, just a couple of incidents the driver had there.

Kimi Raikkonen came right through, passing laods of people and getting the fastest lap time, bringing it down 4 times in a row, this will anger many Ferrari fans who will be left feeling “why didn’t he do it sooner?” once again, 3 races in a row without points for the Finn.

Rubens Barrichello pitted late to put extreme wets on, but it was a stupid gamble as no rain ever came.  Late stops for Intermediates from Toyota and Williams drivers left them nowhere near any points.


Classified Results:

The Santander Italian Grand Prix;

Autodromo D’Monza, Italia;

53 Laps;

Weather: Heavy Rain, turning light then damp track.

Pos Driver Team Time
1 S. Vettel Toro Rosso
2 H. Kovalainen McLaren +12.512
3 R. Kubica BMW Sauber +20.471
4 F. Alonso Renault +23.903
5 N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber +27.748
6 F. Massa Ferrari +28.816
7 L. Hamilton McLaren +29.012
8 M. Webber Red Bull +32.048
9 K. Raikkonen Ferrari +39.468
10 N. Piquet Renault +54.445
11 T. Glock Toyota +58.888
12 K. Nakajima Williams +1.02.015
13 J. Trulli Toyota +1.05.954
14 N. Rosberg Williams +1.08.635
15 J. Button Honda +1.13.370
16 D. Coulthard Red Bull +1 lap
17 R. Barrichello Honda +1 lap
18 S. Bourdais Toro Rosso +1 lap
19 A. Sutil Force India +2 laps

Fastest Lap: K. Raikkonen, Ferrari: 1.28.047


Driver Team Lap Reason
G. Fisichella Force India 12 Crash


Interview with the race winner:

“It’s Unbelievable,” said Vettel.

“The whole race we had no problems, the car was working really fine. I had a fantastic race, a really good strategy but all that was gone when I crossed the chequered flag, and the lap back to the pits all the podium ceremony was unbelievable.

“For sure this is the best day of my life, these emotions I will never forget, it is so much better than you might think it is.

“I can just say a big big thank you to the guys in the team, they did a fantastic job, who would have thought it at the start of the season, in these conditions we can do a bit more. It is fantastic, I am speechless.”

“Looking back, being first and having no visibility problems was the key,” he added. “I could make a good, solid gap to Heikki straight away and then I was pushing very hard, sometimes I went over the limit and it got hard.

“I think it got more tricky in the middle of the race as there was no standing water any more. People were going left and right to cool down the tyres, it was very, very slippery, in the last stint.

“A perfect weekend, pole position, race win. I don’t know what to say.”

“All the people might be used to hearing the Italian national anthem but for Scuderia Ferrari.  It is a special day and for all the team they won’t forget this day as long as I won’t.”

“I have seen every angle of the grid now. It is difficult when you start from the back. Now we can be proud of ourselves. Celebrating our victory is great, putting these words together sounds unbelievable.

“The mentality has changed, the atmosphere is fantastic. When I jumped into the car before the race they said: ‘Now destroy them’.

“I was pushing like hell, they were looking forward, in that sense you could say we had the balls to do it today.

“Compared to BMW or McLaren or Ferrari, we have not that amount of manpower at the factory, we have about 160 people working at Faenza and they can feel very special. I am one of them we are one team and I feel extremely happy.”

Sutil Fastest In Rainswept FP1 At Monza

Adrian Sutil took Force India to the top of the timesheets in FP1 at Monza, which was pretty much deemed pointless thanks to heavy persistent rain fall.

Many drivers didn’t even bother setting a time, and those that did admitted they were not competitive.  Felipe Massa pushed hard in the Ferrari to find its limits claiming he wasn’t interested in an overall time.

Pos  Driver        Team                     Time              Laps
 1.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:32.842            18
 2.  Barrichello   Honda               (B)  1:33.428  + 0.586   14
 3.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:33.695  + 0.853   19
 4.  Glock         Toyota              (B)  1:36.800  + 3.958   13
 5.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:36.900  + 4.058    9
 6.  Alonso        Renault             (B)  1:36.965  + 4.123   10
 7.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:37.142  + 4.300   20
 8.  Trulli        Toyota              (B)  1:37.214  + 4.372   13
 9.  Raikkonen     Ferrari             (B)  1:37.392  + 4.550    5
10.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:37.754  + 4.912   13
11.  Piquet        Renault             (B)  1:38.057  + 5.215   11
12.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:38.303  + 5.461    7
13.  Button        Honda               (B)  1:39.062  + 6.220   12
14.  Massa         Ferrari             (B)  1:40.233  + 7.391    5
15.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber          (B)                       1
16.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota     (B)                       2
17.  Kubica        BMW Sauber          (B)                       1
18.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes    (B)                       1
19.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault    (B)                       1
20.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    (B)                       1