Thread: Article: 2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes GP Race Report: Vettel Cruises to Victory, Schumacher claims 5th Place
09-09-2011, 08:35 AM #1
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.
The final European race takes place at Monza, a truly historic Formula One circuit, and one where I have always been so warmly welcomed and supported over the years. We achieved a good team result in Spa last weekend, and I especially enjoyed the overtaking battles and the challenge of making up so many places during the race. This gives us a boost going into the final part of the season, and we will continue pushing hard to get the best possible results.
Iím really looking forward to the weekend in Monza. We learned at the last race in Spa that our car can be competitive at high-speed tracks, and we definitely took a step forward there. I am confident that we can do that again in Italy next weekend. I visited the factory this week and Iím quite happy with how things are working out there. Iíll be arriving in Italy on Wednesday and attending the FOTA Fans Forum at Pirelliís headquarters in Milan. It should be a really interesting event and Iím looking forward to the chance to speak with some of our fans there.
Monza is always a fitting venue for the final European race, and spending a race weekend there is a special experience. The unique high-speed circuit is a classic racing venue, and one of the best places to watch Formula One cars at their very top speeds. Coming off the back of our best result of the season in Spa, we are looking forward to the weekend and to finishing the European season on a high. With the emphasis jointly on engine power and aerodynamic efficiency, we have the benefit of our Mercedes-Benz engine and, as always for Monza, we will run a special low-downforce aerodynamic package to minimise drag on the long straights.
Monza features the highest straightline speeds of the year at around 350 kph, the highest average lap speed and, at 83%, the highest percentage of the lap spent at full throttle - not for nothing is it known as a Ďtemple of speedí. The engine and KERS system will play an important role at this circuit, but it is equally important to develop an effective low-drag aerodynamic package and to make sure the car feels stable on the brakes. Michael and Nico both enjoyed strong, trouble-free races in Spa to score a solid result for the team with fifth and sixth places. We will be hoping for more of the same in Monza.
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09-10-2011, 12:49 AM #2
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If Vettel gets P.P. then he'll most likely lead to the finish line. I hope McLaren can somehow throw a wrench into that plan.
09-10-2011, 08:07 AM #4
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.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-10-2011, 11:22 AM #5
2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes GP Qualifying Report: Vettel Dominates, Schumi 8th, Rosberg 9th
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, itís 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 Iím pleased with that; but we will only find out tomorrow what it is really worth.
The performance in Q2 shows that the car is working well here, and we saved two sets of options which is good. Iím 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.
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.
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.
Driver Teams Time 1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'22.275 2 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1'22.725 3 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'22.777 4 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'22.841 5 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1'22.972 6 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1'23.188 7 V Petrov (RUS) Renault 1'23.530 8 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'23.777 9 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'24.477 10 B Senna (BRA) Renault 1'24.157 11 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1'24.163 12 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1'24.209 13 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1'24.648 14 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1'24.726 15 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1'24.845 16 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1'24.932 17 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1'25.065 18 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'25.334 19 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus 1'26.647 20 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus 1'27.184 21 T Glock (GER) Virgin 1'27.591 22 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin 1'27.609 23 D Ricciardo (AUS) HRT 1'28.054 24 V Liuzzi (ITA) HRT 1'28.231
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09-10-2011, 11:28 AM #6
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.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
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09-10-2011, 01:06 PM #8
I'm hoping Hamilton will use one of his crash cards on Vettel2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
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09-10-2011, 07:19 PM #10
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.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
09-11-2011, 03:35 AM #11
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.
09-11-2011, 08:10 AM #12
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.
09-11-2011, 08:14 AM #13
Webber crashed out and Michael is fighting Alonso for second.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 08:18 AM #14
Another exiting start of a GP!
Hamilton is on the attack.
Let's hope he does not crash again...
Vettel is already gone...There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
09-11-2011, 08:21 AM #15
Vettel is just tearing it up he's almost a second faster than Alonso.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 08:26 AM #16
Schumi is making it into an interesting battle.
He is holding up the Mc LarensThere are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
09-11-2011, 08:34 AM #17
lol, Hamilton comes out of the pits behind Schumi, this is going to be fun.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 08:37 AM #18
He should have had a good look at Buttons overtake.
MS will probably get a drive through for 2 defensive moves...There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
09-11-2011, 08:53 AM #19
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.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 09:03 AM #20
MS got lucky there...
Let's see if LH can catch Alonso.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
09-11-2011, 09:09 AM #21
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.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 09:25 AM #22
The race was 1 lap too short for LH.
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09-11-2011, 09:36 AM #23
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.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
09-11-2011, 01:22 PM #24
2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes GP Race Report: Vettel Cruises to Victory, Schumacher claims 5th Place
Vettel won Monza in dominate form and moved closer to securing his second driver's championship. Vettel is now ahead of Alonso by 112 points in the standing, just 13 points shy of securing the championship, which he could theortical win in the next race. The race start at Monza like every year did not disappoint, Alonso who started in 4th place stormed past the front 3 to take the lead before the first chicane, while Schumacher, starting 8th blitzed the pack and climbed to 4th place.
Luzzi put two wheels on the grass heading in the chicane, lost control and slide into the pack, taking out Nico Rosberg and Renault's Petrov. The accident brought out the safety car for a few laps. At the restart Schumacher caught a napping Hamilton and took 3rd place. He managed to hold him off for a number of laps, this allowed Button to catch up and turn it into a three battle. Hamilton attempted to over take Schumacher on lap 16, but only to pushed off on the grass, allowing Button to pass Hamilton and then passing the Mercedes GP car at the final chicane.
As the race went on the Merc car began to lose it's race pace, allowing Hamilton to make the pass, who began chasing Alonso. Hamilton in the end had to settle for forth place after running out of laps.
Schumacher settled for 5th place ahead of Massa, who lost his front wing after a clash with RBR's Webber earlier in the race, and dropping down to 10th place. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, followed by Di Resta, Senna, and Buemi to round up the top 10.
It was an exciting race today, both for me and I think for all of our fans, and that is why I am happy. The fighting against Lewis was big fun, and my mirrors seemed to be very small at times. We are both known for driving on the limit, and that is what we did. I had to make my car as wide as a truck, and had to stretch the possible as much as I could, but in the end, as expected, he was still faster.
The start was ideal, I held back on purpose at first in order to use the grip perfectly afterwards, and then the left side was all free. To make the most of your possibilities is the maximum possible at times, and that is why I had fun today, especially knowing that there is more to come in the future, with all the support we have from Mercedes.
It was a disappointing race for me today in Monza. I had a difficult start on my prime tyres but still managed to gain a place at the first corner, so it was quite good. Then Liuzzi flew like a torpedo over the grass and put me out of the race. It's a pity because I had a strong strategy and, as Michaelís good result showed, our car was very strong this afternoon.
After the race, Ross could only describe Michaelís drive as
ďfantasticĒ: Iím sure he really enjoyed his racing out there. The boys have done a great job with our starts this year, and Michael was able to get away well and show his race craft in the first part of the race. Then he settled into a really tough battle with the McLarens, particularly Lewis, which was great racing and vintage Michael. We havenít quite got a car thatís quick enough yet but we are all pleased with Michaelís fifth place today. For Nico, it was a short and not at all sweet afternoon.
We had an exciting strategy starting him on the prime tyres, and looking at how those tyres performed on other cars at the beginning of the race, it would have been very interesting to see how it developed. Itís doubly frustrating that he was taken out by a car starting in 24th position. If you get tangled up at the first corner because you are vying for position, thatís racing, but to be swiped out by someone that far back is hard to take. However, we have shown as a team that when we do have the right car, we will be able to compete at the front, and thatís our inspiration for next year.
Norbert described the first half of the race as probably one of the best television shows of the year:
I am sure lots of people at home were standing rather than sitting in front of their televisions, which was the case for us on several occasions today. Michael repeated his Spa result today and everybody realised during his drive how committed and hard-fighting he is - it was a joy to watch, and certainly not just for us. It was a shame for Nico to be in the middle of a first-lap shunt at Turn One. With two fresh sets of option tyres available - which none of the top drivers had today - I am sure he would have been in a good position to fight for a strong result. We all are now looking forward to the Singapore night race where we want to consolidate our recent performances from Spa and Monza.
Drivers Teams Points 1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 25 2 J Button (GBR) McLaren 18 3 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 15 4 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 12 5 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz 10 6 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 8 7 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 6 8 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 4 9 B Senna (BRA) Renault 2 10 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1 11 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams - 12 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams - 13 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus - 14 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus - 15 T Glock (GER) Virgin - 16 D Ricciardo (AUS) HRT -
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