Lewis Hamilton, Adrian Sutil, Kimi Raikonen Top Three Grid Positions at Monza

Mercedes Engines Dominate Monza Qualifying

by F1Fan on September 12, 2009

Qualify at the Italian Grand Prix was a one sided affair with Mercedes engined cars claiming 6 out of the top seven positions.

It looked briefly that Force india would claim their second Pole Position of the season when Adrian Sutil who had been fast on all three qualifying sessions put together an almost perfect lap, but his celebration was short lived as Lewis Hamilton drove brilliantly not putting a wheel wrong and beating Sutil’s time by the narrowest of margins.

Italian Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Hamilton/McLAren2Sutil/Force India
3Raikkonen/Ferrari4Kovalainen/McLaren
5Barrichello/Brawn GP6Button/Brawn GP
7Liuzzi/Force India8Alonso/Renault
9Vettel/Red Bull Racing10Weber/Red Bull Racing
11Trulli/Toyota12Grosjean/Renault
13Kubica/BMW14Fisichella/Ferrari
15Heidfeld/BMW16Glock/Toyota
17Nakajima/Williams18Rosberg/Williams
19Buemi/Toro Rosso20Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
September 12th, 2009

Raikkonen continues to drive well coming in third and believes that he may be heavier with fuel than both the McLaren of Hamilton and Sutil’s Force India, tomorrow will tell but he may well be in a good position to claim another victory for Ferrari. If that happened Kimi Raikkonen would be the first Finnish driver to ever win the Italian Grand Prix.

Fisichella must have been disappointed with his performance being eliminated in Q2 and only coming in 14th on the grid, his crash in Friday practice was costly, loosing him many laps of practice that he sorely need to become familiar with his new car. With the performance of his old team mate, Adrian Sutil and the impressive performance of Tonio Liuzzi, his replacement at Force India, he must have been wondering if he has made the right decision moving to Ferrari. Liuzzi has definitely made his mark qualifying 7th which is pretty incredible considering that he hasn’t been in a Formula One car in the last couple of years.

Button and Barrichello performed well with Rubens out qualifying Button again. It will be interesting to see what fuel loads they are carrying as in Q2 button was the fastest car on track and Barrichello was only one car behind.

All in all it looks like it is going to be a very interesting race with the McLarens showing better Pace, Force India recent pace continuing, showing that Spa was not a fluke, and Brawn GP being right in the mIx. The Red Bulls of Vettel and Weber were not as fast as they have been earlier in the season, which is good news for Button in his Championship race.

The BMW’s were also Fast but both cars suffered engine failure in the second qualifying period within a couple of laps of one another.

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