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Italian Grand Prix Ferrari Beat Mclaren in the Pits

by F1Fan on September 13, 2010

The Italian Grand Prix race weekend at the legendary Autodromo di Monza race track produced a bunch of firsts:

First Pole Position for Fernando Alonso as a Ferrari Driver.
First Front row start for Jenson Button for McLaren and the first front row start in the last 23 Grand Prix.
First Grand Prix this season without Red Bull on the Front Row.

The Ferrari’s of Alonso and Massa had shown strong pace throughout practice and qualifying, with Jenson Button just managing to split the two teammates on the last lap of Q3. The Ferrari’s were faster in Sectors 1 and 3 which have the long straights but Button who unlike Hamilton choose to use a higher downforce configuration in conjunction with the F-Duct was fastest in Sector 2 which has most of the high speed corners.

At the Start Button made a great get away and even though Alonso moved across the track to try to block him, it wasn’t to be. Button got the the fist corner just ahead of Alonso and while the two were wheel to wheel managed to make the pass stick and came out of the first chicane in the lead, much to the dismay of the thousands of Ferrari fans that always attend Monza.

Coming out of the second chicane Hamilton and Felipe Massa cam together, Hamilton suffered a broken front suspension and was out of the race, so the Tifosi were cheering again.

For most of the Italian Grand Prix it looked as though Button’s decision on setup was going to hold off Alonso, both drivers were trading fastest lap and it was incredibly close Button had managed to eek out a slim lead but as his tires began to go Alonso began to close. It became a race of strategy, who was going to pit first. Lap after lap neither driver showed any intention of Pitting untill on lap 37 Jenson Button dove into the pits, the MclAren team were waiting and performed the Pit stop in a quick 4.2 seconds.

Alonso made the most of the open track in front of him and the very next lap came into the pits. Now it was the turn of the Ferrari Pit crew and boy did they deliver. 3.5 Seconds to change all 4 tires. A great pit stop that allowed Alonso to come out of the pits just in front of Jenson Button, while Button challenged hard for the next few corners Alonso’s Ferrari was just quick enough to stay in the lead. THe only two real overtaking opportunities on the Monza track ar at the end of the long Straights coming into the Chicanes, the Ferrari’s higher top speed meant that Button could never get close enough to make a pass.

The order stayed prety much the same for the rest of the race, Sebastian Vettel drove almost the whole race on the soft option tires coming in for the compulsory change to the Prime compound on the very last lap. He had build a 22 second lead of 5th place Nico Rosberg but it was going to be a close thing. Yet again a Pit crew saved the day, with the Red Bull Pit crew setting the fastest pit stop of the Grand Prix, a remarkable 3.3 seconds, which allowed Vettel to maintain 4th place and come out in front of Rosberg.

Italian Grand Prix Results (Top Ten)

PositionDriver
Nationality
DriverTeamChampionship
Points Earned
1SpainFernando AlonsoFerrari25
2GBJenson ButtonMcLaren18
3BrazilFelipe MassaFerrari15
4GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing12
5GermanyNico RosbergMercedes GP10
6AustraliaMark WebberRed Bull Racing8
7GermanyNico HulkenbergWilliams F16
8PolandlRobert KubicaRenault4
9GermanyMIchael SchumacherMercedes GP2
10BrazilRubens BarrichelloWilliams F11
Autodromo di Monza
last updated Sep 12, 2010

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While it may not sound like it, Monza produced a facinating, edge of your seat , blisteringly fast grand Prix which ended in the result the majority of the local fans were hoping for. A Ferrari win on what is viewed as Ferrari’s home event.

Alonso’s win makes it 18 wins at Monza for Ferrari, the most wins for one team at any Formula One Grand Prix.

I bet the party is still going on in Monza and Marenello.

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