It’s very rare for pole sitters to get beaten off the line at Monza – and Fernando Alonso has a straight-line speed advantage of more than 11kph over fellow front-row starter Jenson Button to boot.
With Felipe Massa starting close behind the two Ferraris have a chance to score the first one-two for the Scuderia at home in six years. Can they do it?
Here’s some good news for Alonso: since the first chicane at Monza was re-profiled in 2000, the pole sitter has kept the lead at every F1 start there with one exception: Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002.
Alonso and Button have collided at the first corner once already this year. But they both know they have to make the most of this opportunity to convert their strong grid positions into a decent championship score.
Starting off the racing line appears to be a disadvantage here but Button’s unusual high-downforce set-up may help him on the short sprint to turn one.
But history tells us that that driver who starts second on the grid here has to keep an eye on whoever starts third. In 2006 and 2007 the driver who started second was passed by the third-place starter off the line – but re-passed them around the outside of turn one.
For Button, once the cars are up and running out of the first chicane his lack of straight-line speed could leave him vulnerable. Here are the maximum speeds the drivers in the top six drivers on the grid registered during qualifying:
1. Fernando Alonso – 341kph
2. Jenson Button – 329.5kph
3. Felipe Massa – 341.1kph
4. Mark Webber – 339.4kph
5. Lewis Hamilton – 344.3kph
6. Sebastian Vettel – 336kph
The advantage of Button’s set-up in a racing situation is that he should be able to carry higher speed through the corners, making it harder for a chasing car to get much of a tow off him. But even so a 12kph top speed deficit on a track that’s 70% full throttle is a worry.
Hamilton might only be fifth on the grid but it won’t be lost on him that he’s sandwiched between his closest championship rivals on the grid and has an opportunity to extend his points advantage over them.
The narrow width of the Monza track makes it difficult for drivers to gain a lot of places at the start. That’s bad news for Vitaly Petrov who’s been relegated to 20th on the grid and faces another long slog to bring his Renault home in the points. However he’s made some very good starts this year (as well as one conspicuously bad one in Canada).
All the drivers in the top ten are starting on soft tyres. As for those outside the top ten, it’s the usual story of being able to gamble on the harder tyre if they wish, but it doesn’t look like a good deal: they’ll be slower at the start and potentially vulnerable if the safety car comes out.
Bridgestone expect the first pit stops to come around lap 14. The Monza pit lane may be short but because the cars passing it are going so quickly drivers lose the best part of 20 seconds coming into the pits.
So they’ll be keeping an eye on what’s going on around 24 seconds behind them – and not pit until they know they’re going to come out in clean air.
Lap 14 is also around the time the front runners are likely to reach the first of the lapped cars. In final practice we saw a perfect example of Monza’s ‘traffic roulette’ in action: Hamilton caught a slower car on the back straight and used the slip stream to set the fastest lap of the session.
Then Alonso came along and caught another car a few metres later and had to follow it around the Parabolica, losing time. But a spot of bother in traffic may be the only thing that can get in his way tomorrow.
Otherwise, starting from pole position, alongside a car that’s 11.5kph slower in a straight line, and directly in front of his team mate (who, as we all know by now, is not allowed to beat him), it’s looking very good for Fernando Alonso.
How do you think the Italian Grand Prix will unfold? Who’s your tip for victory? And how will Button’s unusual set-up work for him in the race? Have your say in the comments.
2010 Italian Grand Prix
- Technical review: Italian Grand Prix
- Jamey Price watches the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
- Hamilton: “I could have done some passing”
- Sutil: “I was in the wrong place everywhere”
- H?â??lkenberg’s drive “his best to date”
- 2010 Italian Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Italian Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)
- Late scare with de la Rosa can’t keep Alonso from victory (Ferrari race review)
- Set-up gamble pays off for Button as Hamilton crashes (McLaren race review)
- Vettel recovers to surprise fourth after mid-race drama (Red Bull race review)
90 comments on “Ferrari look strong ahead of home race (Italian Grand Prix pre-race analysis”
11th September 2010, 18:31
Even though I’m NOT a Ferrari fan, I expect Ferrari 1-2 tomorrow.
12th September 2010, 0:18
I made that prediction yesterday hopefully ill win a prize. Hamilton must have made a mistake or didnt had the tyres properly heaten cause he had been faster on q2 than hes final q3 time anyway mclaren should have told him that higher downforce with the rw28 would be better cause despite being very close on practice we all now that Hamilton is quicker than Button
12th September 2010, 0:24
at Vairano Ferrari must have created that tiny f-duct maybe the best balance between set-ups comparing to mclaren red bull must have made some new wings cause both the front and back seem very skinny, mclaren seem to be running the same package they had brought for spa just a new engine cover and rear wing visually it worked out but it seems too low downforce the same mistake made by mercedes.Williams and renault seemed to be able to make a tiny f duct and maybe thats why williams is so confortable
12th September 2010, 1:11
Button’s tyres are going to last longer because of his high-downforce setup. I think he’ll finish in the top two tomorrow. Massa is not exactly a force to be reckoned with…
12th September 2010, 8:12
I still except Massa to shine on monza and make it a Ferrari 1-2. And also Hamiltons overtaking skills and top speed will make him 3rd I think. I’m a Vettel fan, but this track was never gonna be Red Bulls. So for once I’m just gonna relax and enjoy whatever happens! Gonna be a great race!
11th September 2010, 18:33
Ferrari were looking strong in qualifying, so my feeling is that Alonso should be able to win. I think that Button might have to hope that the extra fuel affects them more than it does him, and get a good start to get a win. If Hamilton doesn’t get into an early fight with Webber, I would not be surprised to see him take third though.
11th September 2010, 21:10
Is Webber running less wing than Vettel (i ask because of the speed trap difference of 5 kmh), or maybe even without F-duct?
I expect Webber to give it a good fight and don’t count Massa out quite yet. If he is feeling right on it, he might be a tough overtake as well.
11th September 2010, 18:34
Another interesting choice by Button. He looks pleased with himself, and why not, but he needs to get a boost in raw speed against his teammate in order not to have to rely on gambles and chance next year.
11th September 2010, 18:54
Now, I am not a Button fan, but given that he prefers to drive in such a fashion that allows him to carry as much speed as possible through the corners (a senior McLaren employee said that at the start of the season), whereas Hamilton will take a sharper, “spiker” line through the corner, a higher-downforce set-up allows Button to drive in precisely that fashion. Furthermore given the well-documented problems last season of getting his Brawn’s tyres to “turn on”, higher downforce (I believe, correct me if I’m wrong on that!) allow the tyres to warm up easier.
All in all, I don’t feel that Button gambled, I think that given the circumstances he made the decision which suited him best. Hamilton did likewise, unfortunately made an error exiting Ascari on his best lap, and as Bernd Maylander notes, carrying speed through Ascari and getting a good exit is key to the lap.
11th September 2010, 23:26
That’s an interesting insight about the driving styles. I recall that Michael Andretti also had this distinctive style of “diamonding” the corners, and he was dominant on road courses in his heyday.
In this vein, who else heard on SpeedTV that Button actually refused the McLaren “afterburner,” which Buxton called a gas pressure something or other, but Hamilton likes it and used it at Spa.
12th September 2010, 0:29
didnt knew that nice intel, bbc comentators didnt mention that
12th September 2010, 11:26
That’s interesting. Am I right in thinking that’s their mechanism of pushing gases through the defuser when the throttle is off (ala Red Bull) to in theory increase downforce.
I think Button could be the surprise package today – if he can get off the line and overtake into the first corner that might bunch the rest and allow him to avoid slipstreaming and come round 1st.
Likewise I think we could see a return of #### or bust driving from Hamilton on the first lap – abet after the first corner (i.e. he’ll let them sort themselves out then look to get past a lot of cars on the straights).
11th September 2010, 18:54
I hope Massa is faster than Alonso. And if he is, I hope Rob Smedley says the magic words to Alonso: Massa is quicker than you, do you copy? It would mean absolutely nothing, but it would be sweet sweet revenge. Plus it would give most of us a good laugh :).
11th September 2010, 20:22
Has he been quicker than Alonso yet? (i ask that seriously, not as a smart a$$). that would be pretty funny though…
11th September 2010, 21:00
Even if he would be faster, they just make Massa turn down the engine a bit and Alonso leave it on full rev, so he won’t be even able to get close.
His only hope would be Alonso running behind Button so there’s a buffer in between them. But that would make for some very interesting team strategy, maybe including letting Button win it to have Alonso get in 2nd.
12th September 2010, 11:05
Too many ‘ifs’. There is no way Massa is in the same league as Alonso. Alonso has outclassed him all season long, and one Hockenheim incident doesn’t prove that Massa is quicker than Fernando. If Massa wants to be a number 1 driver, he better start driving like 1 first.
11th September 2010, 18:56
I think the McLaren’s are still tha favourites.
Jenson will make his tyre last atleast 5 more laps after alonso pits. This will allow him to win the race, even if he loses a position to Massa.
Hamilton has his work cut out. He has the fastest straight line speed. He can win only by overtaking.
So for button, it is pitstops, and for Lewis it is purely by overtaking
11th September 2010, 20:25
I think McLaren is the title favorite too. Disagree about the button pit pass though. 1) alonso is also good on tires, button is only really great on tires compared to hammy, 2) the Ferrari has enough pace to be faster anyway and 3) with the high downforce set up button himself said that he has to be very aggressive through the turns and therefore very aggressive on his tires…
If anything, Massa on the clean line will have a chance at button into turn 1
11th September 2010, 21:02
I would not be to sure about those tyres. On the one hand his car will be sliding around less, which might be of advantage. On the other hand the extra downforce will work the tyres more on his car.
12th September 2010, 7:56
I thought that what destroyed tyres were the lateral forces that shift the rubber around. higher downforce places more pressure on the rubber, and therefore less lateral movement.
Also when the tyre slides across the road surface this causes rubber to become overheated and can be ripped off the tyre. Higher downforce should mean less sliding and more consistent temps.
12th September 2010, 9:15
Ady is correct. Higher downforce is better for the tyres when chicanes are involved.
12th September 2010, 21:57
Not 100% true, at this track, the higher downforce car has to push extra hard through the turns to make up for lack of high speed, so the tires will wear relatively evenly
11th September 2010, 23:35
“So for button, it is pitstops, and for Lewis it is purely by overtaking”
Well, nothing unusual there then!
11th September 2010, 19:05
Tomorrow we are going to see absolute chaos at either Rettifilo or Roggia.
These guys are with full tanks, braking harder than at any time during the season. Tension is mounting due to the championship position and so many are still in the mix.
I hope it doesn’t happen, but I’m predicting a red flag on the first lap tomorrow.
11th September 2010, 20:26
yea, it’ll be hairy, lets hope for a worst case yellow or SC and no red flag
12th September 2010, 11:31
I second that. I’ve posted above on Hamilton getting racey on the first lap (which I think he should do and I love) but I think there is a real risk with massively different top speeds on full tanks could see someone making a big mistake.
11th September 2010, 19:12
I did never know Button’s straight speed. first I saw the result, I thought Button with F duct is right choice, and Hamilton without F duct is wrong. Now I think Hamilton’ choice is not worse. in the race Hamilton would be faster than Button in my guess. His 5th position is not fault from aero package but not good situation of Q3. but Hamilton is also not good enough, due to lack of downforce. the one is lack of downforce, another is lack of max speed. it should be not easy to fight against Ferrari duo, but I still believe they could beat Red Bull.
So, I bet Alonso will win if there’s no exeptional incident or mistake, and Massa will pass Button easily thanks to so many full throttle area of Monza. Mclaren duo will be 3-4, but I’m not sure Button could defend his position. as I mentioned, I think Hamilton will be faster than Button in the race.
11th September 2010, 21:04
Actually it might turn out a bit like in Turkey, where Hamilton was able to follow Webber and Vettel, but never really able to get close enough to make a move.
It will have to be some fabulously cornering from Button to make it work though. Let’s hope for great images of Button fighting off Ferrari or even fighting to get past.
11th September 2010, 19:26
Did Jensen (one again) prove that he is better racer than Lewis by choosing the a better setup? I am not questioning Lewis’s speed and overtaking. I personally think that Lewis is faster than Jensen. But racing is more than about being fast. It is about understanding the track conditions and the car. Previous examples from this season may include th rain hit races where Jensen chose a strategy which gave him the better result in the end. What do you guys thing?
11th September 2010, 19:39
Prost v Senna lite perhaps??? The pragmatist v the passionate??
11th September 2010, 20:06
less of the lite… these 2 are going to have years of battles yet I feel. Jenson reminds me a lot of Prost he has an excellent head for reading races and getting the maximum out of his tyres and fuel load. Lewis has the passion and amazing talent that is reminiscent of Senna, but he is also developing a cooler head and the ability to process the bigger picture that to makes him look he might well earn himself a place alongside the greatest of the sport.
11th September 2010, 20:08
Lewis’s basic setup is the same as all the other top driver. If his setup choice is wrong then he’s not the only one wrong since Jenson’s the only driver running the steep wing + f-duct setup (though to be fair I think only McLaren could make this setup competitive). Lewis simply failed to nail his qualifying lap. Jenson’s rain hit wins weren’t due to preconcieved strategy but to bold gambles and luck. Credit to Jenson for being decisive but fortune doesn’t always favour the brave. Look how Alonso’s gamble on wet tires at Spa backfired. Besides which I believe it’s the pitwall that deserves 95% of the credit – good or bad – for strategic calls.
11th September 2010, 21:21
Right.. but can one come up with the situations where lewis called such brave calls for tricky situations and succeeded… I must say that before this season I didn’t think so highly of Jensen, but so far he is proving me wrong. I would very much like to say it is all due to luck luck (to make myself true).. but so far he is proving me wrong…
11th September 2010, 21:26
For someone who “gambles” so much, it’s odd that luck more often than not favours Jenson. First Melbourne, then Shanghai, now Monza qualifying. You’d almost think there was some method in his madness, with that sort of success rate….
But nah. It’s Button. He must just get lucky. Over and over again.
In other words: there’s a difference between a gamble on more rain when your race is already wrecked, for example Alonso last time out; and a tactical decision designed to maximize what you can get out of the car given the track conditions.
11th September 2010, 23:30
Successful gambling and good luck are not the same thing. Vettel’s retirement in Oz was a lucky break for Jenson. Jenson’s early switch to slick tires in that race was not luck but an astute gamble on his part. At the moment he made his choice he weighed up the risks v rewards and took a punt which paid off (unlike Alonso in Spa). At the same time it wasn’t part of the early pitstop plan that he’d nearly spin off, which if he hadn’t recovered from would’ve made the same decision look foolish.
11th September 2010, 23:39
Also Jenson’s Monza “gamble” hasn’t off yet (I hope it does). Even if gets to the first corner first he’s still got a lot to do to win.
12th September 2010, 8:02
Button might be making more gambles than Lewis, but it is worth remembering that not all gambles are 50/50. Poker is a game of gambling, but you have players that consistently win by make good choices.
11th September 2010, 19:27
People are saying that Button’s lack of top speed will hurt him…but with more downforce and hence drag he will stand to benefit more from a slipstream than the other cars…
Plus he will be able to brake later, carry more speed through the corner AND have better traction on the exit…and he should be mighty through the Parabolica…
I’m not writing him off for the win…but he should get at least a podium assuming he doesn’t get too close to Vettel and get taken out again….
11th September 2010, 22:04
I agree. I can easily see Button slipstreaming and then outbraking Alonso for 1st place. It just depends on how much later he can break for any given corner. Contrary to some people, I wouldn’t be surprised if Button kept his position at the first chicane. Remember, the start is all about power and traction, and he’s got both in spades.
12th September 2010, 10:41
According to James Allen the average speed deficit is more like 4kph as a lot of the “ultimate” top speeds were set when other cars were getting a slip-stream…
11th September 2010, 19:51
See that’s what annoys me about Alonso. He shows he has the ability and is a great driver, but he continually moans and brings chaos with him wherever he goes, if he just got the head down and got on with it ala Robert Kubica or Nico Rosberg, he would be respected alot more around the paddock. I beleive he is good enough on his own merit to lead the Scuderia and todays pole position backs this up, he doesn’t need Massa’s backing to be the best. I am still amazed he is still in outside title contention, considering he has had awful luck this year, if he gets the rub of the green on the run in to Abu Dhabi, Alonso is definately good money ;)
11th September 2010, 20:08
I think Alonso thrives on that chaos though… or at least he thinks he does which is in effect the same thing. However it does bug the bejesus out of me and I also wonder if it doesn’t loose him more than it gains him.
11th September 2010, 20:30
there wasn’t any Alonso chaos until 2007. at minardi and renault he quietly dominated, ever since 2007 he has been different
11th September 2010, 21:36
I guess Hamilton really got under his skin and made him paranoid or something?
11th September 2010, 22:50
No, but Ron Dennis did.
12th September 2010, 2:49
Yeah, seems like he stopt caring aboute people after McLaren, lets hope the ferrari family can bring him back.
Alonso-Massa should be the team to beat, they are both super great drivers.
Lets hope for a good last 6 races now to make this DC last to the end!
Will be intresting to se what webber will have up his sleeve tomorrow (today)will he start fighting with button and hamilton in turn 1 it will be tight for sure.
12th September 2010, 0:58
I dunno about renault, bare in mind it was being run by briatore. Like the guy or not, he’s a genius at covering stuff like that up.
11th September 2010, 20:29
He did put his head down in 2005 and 2006 and dominated….now he is a 2 time champion and probably thinks he “deserves” certain things….
11th September 2010, 23:13
Huh, sorry but you sound like you started watching F1 very recently?
Some quick facts:
* F Alonso is the youngest world champion in history of F1
* He has already beaten M Schumacher (driving a competitive Ferrari) to two world championships
* Very recently he was voted by his fellow drivers to be the best overall driver in F1 today
* He has destroyed Massa at first yeat at Ferrari, even though Massa should know that car/team much better
The list can be made longer… Bottom line is, he had achieved at 25 more than what most F1 drivers (including Kubica) will ever manage.
I am not surprised though reading such comments about Alonso. Brittish media is very often treating Alonso in a bad manner. And no, it did not start in Germany…I think it started in 2007.
11th September 2010, 23:26
small correction to your facts:
Lewis Hamilton is the youngest world champion in the history of F1 at this current time:
F Alonso won WC at 24yrs 58 days beating the previous record by Fittipaldi.
L Hamilton than brok that record winning the WC at 23 years 301 days
12th September 2010, 1:33
He has already beaten M Schumacher (driving a competitive Ferrari) to two world championships…
05′ ferrari was not very competitive, mclaren main opponent
12th September 2010, 10:44
You are correct, he beat Ferrari in 06. Thank you.
12th September 2010, 3:49
if a whole team is behind one man,,,,,a driver can win easily….so nobody is better than other in this case….best example is alonso the selfish and hamilton in 2008 and michael too but atleast from 2002
12th September 2010, 10:38
I would not call Hamiltons win in 2008 easy, barely winning by one point and relying on Glock in last minutes of the championship.
“.best example is alonso the selfish and hamilton in 2008 and michael too but atleast from 2002”
You see, this is what I mean when I talk about media. If people take everything that madia is serving them as hard FACTs then they actually are programmed by media to believe exactly what they want ppl to believe…
11th September 2010, 19:52
I’m not enthusiastic about this one, I was absolutely gutted to watch a re-run of the qualifying after a long days work. I’m depressed possibly?
That fella at the front, what a lap, fantastic driving! Who’s behind him? Oh great, the two who can’t or won’t overtake. I hope i’m wrong, but you may aswell hand Alonso and Button 1st and 2nd place now…
Maybe Webber/Hamilton/Vettel can get past Alonso’s wing man and provide a challenge to the front runners.
11th September 2010, 20:30
Lap 1, turn 1 might just be the most exciting part of the race
11th September 2010, 21:07
Button is not exactly bad at overtaking. He showed nice moves on thrack when needed both last year and this year.
Maybe not as ballsy as Hamilton and not as often, but part of it was, that he did not needed to pass anyone.
11th September 2010, 21:16
Exactly BasCB!!! Sure he’ll have a go at Alonso through turn 1, why not? It’s always the best chance to get past someone. However history shows us it’s unlikely at Monza.
After that, will he gamble? No, because he will feel he doesn’t need to pass Alonso. 18 points in the bag with Massa holding up his main challengers will do him ok. I do hope i’m wrong though, but can you see Button having a go other than on the first lap?
I’m not doubting his overtaking ability, I think he’s well capable. But just imagine if we had Hamilton alongside Alonso on the front row, now that’s mouth watering.
11th September 2010, 21:32
But it would be just a wasted chance to see them both crash if Lewis and Fernando would be there.
11th September 2010, 21:46
Remember their battle at Indy in 2007?
We’re not talking about Webber or crash boy here, Lewis and Fernando are the two best in F1 and are capable of racing without crashing into eachother.
11th September 2010, 22:09
A straight Alonso v Hamilton scrap would be bloody exciting, that’s for sure. But don’t write Jense out yet. He can read the conditions perfectly, and whenever he feels the time is right for passing, he usually goes for it without much fuss (remember Turkey).
11th September 2010, 19:55
I hope we finally get to see Lewey-laa and Mar-Qwebber sluggin it out on the track. This hasn’t happened since Australia I don’t think. C’mon Lewey-laa!!
11th September 2010, 19:58
If Massa gets the jump on Button, he will back them all up won’t he… sigh.
11th September 2010, 20:14
Yes, and from then on it’ll probably be the most boring race of the year.
If Alonso wins I hope he can do it without help and special soft treatment from Ferrari International Assistance…
11th September 2010, 22:39
if Massa backs them up Lewis will blow them all away. right up to second anyway.
11th September 2010, 21:30
I expect the first three to keep position till the end. Vettel will hit someone again and he will not finish the race (this guy gets heated when he tries to pass for more than 10 laps and eventually makes mistakes). I hope that driver will not be Hamilton but I am worried. It will be a good race for Alonso, Button, Massa, so-so for Webber and Hamilton in terms of points towards the championship…
11th September 2010, 22:34
well, i expected red bull to defy the prevailing logic and continue to set the pace. wrong!
i also expected hamilton to have the measure of button, 9 out of 10 times. wrong again!
11th September 2010, 22:38
This race is set up perfectly to be a phenomenal one. Will the Ferrari’s have the pace to stay ahead of the McLaren’s and possibly the Red Bull’s?
It’s going to take one hell of a drive to win this race I’m telling you. Personally I want Vettel to win but he’s going to have to stay out of trouble drive his heart out and maximise every opportunity.
I see a potential Webber, Hamilton collision at some point in the first lap.
Also the STR’s could be entertaining with their immense straight line speed. I’m expecting them to overtake some cars into the first and second chicane since they’ve been very fast through S1 all weekend.
11th September 2010, 23:06
Hamilton is in a hell of a sandwich for the first corner. You have Mr. Wide-Car Webber ahead, and behind Vettel behind looking to shish-kebab anything in his path.
12th September 2010, 9:12
Excellent verb usage of “shish-kebab” Dave.
12th September 2010, 11:45
Vettel had better be careful or soon we’ll be using the verb “to vettel” to mean “to crash into somebody unnecessarily.”
12th September 2010, 0:42
This will be a Ferrari 1-2 on Monza. And I would like to expect the underdogs will win the next remaining races – whether Alonso, Button & Vettel.
Wouldn’t be nice if we have a 5 car horse race until the end instead of 2? (Webber vs Hamilton). Just like in 2008 when 3rd placer Raikkonen won the WDC. ;)
12th September 2010, 1:09
I’ve got to admit I’m unsure about this race. It looks like it’ll either be a fantastic race or an incredibly boring one. The mixed up positions and strategies suggest it should be good but Button’s not exactly got a great setup for overtaking and Webber, Hamilton and Vettel are far enough back that its entirely possibly that they’d be out by the end of the first lap (hardest braking of the season, and they’ve not tried it yet on full tanks!).
If the positions are the same at the end of the first lap though (which i highly doubt, but if the front is relatively unchanged) I expect a good race.
12th September 2010, 1:22
I’m sad I won’t be able to watch the race tomorrow. Does anybody know a way to record an internet stream, or somewhere I can watch/download the full race after it’s finished?
12th September 2010, 4:59
12th September 2010, 1:22
I not really sure who has the bigger problem here, Webber or Hamilton. I’m not sure that Webber can do anything about what is in front of him at the start, so I think we can expect a defensive move to try to block Hamilton. But Hamilton knows that his best chance to to get by Mark is at the start and he has to do it with out taking his eyes off of Vettel.
My attention at tomorrows start will be on cars in the 4th-6th positions. It should be a great race and one I hope will be without too much controversy.
12th September 2010, 2:51
Anyone more than me that thinks it will be a SC after lap 1?
12th September 2010, 5:02
Gp2 had two safety car incidents in the first to laps. so who knows.
12th September 2010, 3:36
Can’t wait for turn 1 action with heavy fuels, I think Alonso to win with Massa with him & Button 3rd. It will be interesting to see how Button play in the race with a high downforce setting.I don’t think that the Red Bull can be on the podium on raw pace so they just have to catch the maximum that are thrown to them.
12th September 2010, 3:50
As a few poster have mentioned, I fear 1st corner mayhem.
It could have a big effect on the outcome of the championship, not a sporting outcome!
They are always changing the rules… so why don’t they adopt rolling starts like Nascar, Le Mans?
12th September 2010, 6:46
I can’t really see how a rolling start would eliminate a first corner incident. The biggest danger with a standing start is a stalled car on the grid.
12th September 2010, 6:48
Oh no, that would ruin F1, the start is my favourtie part.
12th September 2010, 3:59
I predict Ferrari engine/car trouble and Alonso not finishing the race.
I also predict the Yam to pull over at the parabolica and have a nice picnic lunch.
12th September 2010, 6:03
The big question we should be asking is who will Vettel run into this afternoon, I think it must be about Hamilton’s turn. Watch-out Lewis he’s right beside you……..
12th September 2010, 6:06
That first chicane reminds me of a shop sale. Everybody piles in at 100 miles an hour and on the other side they come out bedraggled in single file.
12th September 2010, 12:22
Haha, and some of them come out significantly poorer!
12th September 2010, 9:10
Button has earnt more respect this season than even winning a championship gave him by staying in touch with Hamilton by using his head, even though it seems clear he doesn’t quit match Lewis for speed.
I think for Jenson that’s what this season was about. Not necessarily beating Hamilton in the points table (although that would have been nice) but showing that, yes, he was a worthy winner of the WDC.
12th September 2010, 9:58
If i was Hamilton driving into the first corner i’d be very worried because that lunatic Vettel is behind me. That promises to be the first collision unless Hammy overtakes a slow starting Webber. Then it’ll be Webber taken out by Vettel again!
12th September 2010, 11:00
Can I have Webber in the “who will Vettel run into this time sweep” please … I hear they don’t get on.
12th September 2010, 10:16
Button is taking a big gamble that his tyres will perform better for longer because of additional wing that he’s running. His problem is going to be that what worked in Qualifying might not be what works in the race. With a clear run he may be second quickest, but in the race he’ll be held up through the corners and then left behind down the straights.
I’d look for Mark Webber to make some moves, and Lewis Hamilton too. It *could* be a good result for Ferrari, possibly a 1-2 but it is going to be a very tough race for everyone.
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