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    • 2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes Gp Preview

      Round 13 and the last European race on this years calander is the Italian grand prix. After Mercedes GP scored the best result at Spa, they are looking to continue and score high at Monza. Monza is one of the most atmospheric circuits on the calendar, the 5.793 km circuit in the royal park at the heart of Monza features four long straights where top speeds can reach 340 kph. Monza is the fastest circuit of the year with an average lap speed of 255 kph; the season average is 211 kph. The Formula One Italian GP has been won from pole 18 times in 61 races, including seven times in the past ten years.

      Michael Schumacher:

      Nico Rosberg:

      Ross Brawn:

      Norbert Haug:


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      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Qualifying is underway! If Vettel wins this race, he is pretty much is the new champion. Webber can't launch his car at the start is loses 4-5 places. Alonso, doesn't have the car, Hamilton loves to crash, and Button is too far behind to even be a serious challenge.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Vettel after regaining his winning pace at Spa, clenched pole position from the Mclaren duo at Monza. Vettel took pole with 1:22:275 a half second faster than Hamilton, who had to abort his last lap after locking his front brakes. Button finished third, Alonso took forth just 0.1sec ahead of Webber. Massa finished sixth, ahead of Renault's Petrov, Schumacher, and Rosberg, who qualified on the medium tires. Bruno Senna will start 10th on the grid since he choose not to set a time in Q3.

        Mercedes GP decided to run a tactical qualifying in order to save a fresh set of tires for the race. The move succeded. Schumacher will have a fresh set of soft and Rosberg will have 2 sets for the race.


        For Michael Schumacher, racing at Monza is always a special feeling:

        It began yesterday when I did my lap of the circuit, saw the tifosi and enjoyed the particular atmosphere of this track. Then going out in the car today, it’s nice to feel what comes across from the fans - it reminds me of being at my home races. In terms of the character of the circuit, we are usually good on braking and traction, and there are not so many of the medium and high-speed corners in which we have not been so strong this year. It certainly looks good in terms of my position today, and I’m pleased with that; but we will only find out tomorrow what it is really worth.
        After he qualified ninth on the grid, Nico was satisfied in the knowledge that the result was down to the compromise the team made to be strong in tomorrow’s race:

        The performance in Q2 shows that the car is working well here, and we saved two sets of options which is good. I’m the only driver who took part in Q3 who will be starting on the hard tyre, so it will be interesting and should help me a lot at the start of the race. I think it will be a really good race tomorrow.
        Ross Brawn:

        Tyre management will be crucial in the race. We were very mindful with both cars that we must start the race on the same tyres as we qualified on. For Nico, we opted for a prudent approach by running the hard tyre which could open up a nice opportunity for him tomorrow and it will be very interesting to see how he progresses.
        Michael decided to use the soft tyre in Q3, but only completed a single lap to preserve them for the race. Both drivers have fresh sets for the race - two sets of softs for Nico, and one for Michael - so we will see how this afternoon's tactical decisions play out. I think we can look forward to plenty of action.
        Norbert Haug:

        Our target since Friday has been to get our preparations right for the race. We knew this could cost us one or two positions on the grid, but we hope that our strategy will pay off in the race tomorrow.

        Both Nico and Michael will have a number of fresh tyres for the race which should help us too. But of course we are realistic in our targets and a result similar to Spa a fortnight ago is what we can achieve in a best-case scenario.
        Full Qualifying Results:



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      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Qualifying was kinda meh. Vettel pretty much dominate from start to finish and Mclaren couldn't fight back. Might as well give the title to Vettel. Unless something happens to him, he'll win the race. Whoever takes pole wins Monza and DRS won't help the followers since the cars don't have any downforce to begin with anyway this race.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        someone stop Vettel, I'm tired of his winning.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        I'm hoping Hamilton will use one of his crash cards on Vettel
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Looks like Vettel has this thing pretty much wrapped up.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Looks like Vettel has this thing pretty much wrapped up.
        Let's just wait what tomorrow brings. This season has noy produced one boring race yet.
        Maybe Vettel wins, maybe he $#@!s up.
        He is almost 100 point ahead. Only if he crashes himself out of the season within the next 3 races.will anybody else be WC this year. Just enjoy the races.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Yup, all the races have been exciting this year, hopefully the season will end that way. At least we got Mclaren and Ferrari battling for 2nd place.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        WOW! Already people are crashing. Luzzi took out Rosberg, Petrov at the first corner. Vettel almost took out Hamilton, while Alonso stormed past them and Schumi is up to 4th place.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Webber crashed out and Michael is fighting Alonso for second.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Another exiting start of a GP!
        Hamilton is on the attack.
        Let's hope he does not crash again...
        Vettel is already gone...
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Vettel is just tearing it up he's almost a second faster than Alonso.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Schumi is making it into an interesting battle.
        He is holding up the Mc Larens
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        lol, Hamilton comes out of the pits behind Schumi, this is going to be fun.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        He should have had a good look at Buttons overtake.
        MS will probably get a drive through for 2 defensive moves...
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Probably will, dumb rule though... They need to make a ruling on it quick, The stewards, have 10 laps to make a decision I think.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        MS got lucky there...
        Let's see if LH can catch Alonso.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        He is, LH has been .3sec a lap quicker than Alonso, The question is, can he pass him. The Mclarens finally found thier groove, it might be too late though.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        The race was 1 lap too short for LH.
        So Vettel wins, Button 2nd, and Alonso 3rd
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Yeah it was. So now Vettel has 112 points out of 125 to secure this year's championship. Another race that didn't disappoint, thanks to Schumi and Hamilton.