September 9, 2011

Everyone's Italian when racing in Monza

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari 150° Italia at the Italian Grand Prix Free Practice

Ah Monza.... the un-Tilke track. yes there are two super tight chicanes but there are also gravel traps meaning if you make a mistake it will actually cost you. That's a welcome change from the "oh well I will just run wide" racing we see even at Spa now.

Sebastian Buemi learned that and his radio transmission back to the team sounded like a grade school kid confessing something real naughty to his teacher.

Have you noticed how in Italy, all drivers get into the spirit? Even Lewis is talking with his hands!

And speaking of hands, check out at the end of the clip the difference between "Grandpa" Schumacher and Button. Schumi has the lightest hands on the wheel than anyone I can think of but at the same time he is always super busy, always changing brake balance and other settings. Button on the other hand never changes a thing. Interesting.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m24.010s 37
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.046s + 0.036 21
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m24.347s + 0.337 39
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m24.366s + 0.356 33
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m24.433s + 0.423 31
6. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m24.468s + 0.458 32
7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.508s + 0.498 30
8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.097s + 1.087 39
9. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.182s + 1.172 37
10. Bruno Senna Renault 1m25.325s + 1.315 38
11. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m25.450s + 1.440 31
12. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m25.496s + 1.486 39
13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m25.683s + 1.673 37
14. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.758s + 1.748 29
15. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m26.202s + 2.192 36
16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m26.353s + 2.343 40
17. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.347s + 4.337 5
18. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m28.559s + 4.549 32
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m28.605s + 4.595 32
20. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m28.804s + 4.794 25
21. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m29.162s + 5.152 34
22. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m29.184s + 5.174 29
23. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m29.622s + 5.612 34
24. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m29.841s + 5.831 7
All Timing Unofficial



  1. Are you in Italy this weekend?

  2. "Schumi has the lightest hands on the wheel than anyone I can think of... "

    Nah, Ascari was WAY lighter. That guy looked like he was sitting in a lounge chair reading a paper.

  3. Can't remember who it was but a driver had talked to Schumi in the past about how he holds the wheel and he said something along the lines of holding it just tight enough not to lose grip. The guy who asked him had always had a death grip on his and once he stoppped that he said he was much more relaxed and went alot faster. Pretty cool.

  4. The paved run off crap is leaking sadly... This was T1 of the GT Challenge Pole Lap at Road America.

    When you are 4 wheels off that should be a invalidated lap. Two wheels is I think officials discretion if he gained a advantage by going wide.


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