The Italian Grand Prix has delivered for the home fans or ‘tifosi’. It couldn’t have been a better race for the Ferrari team; losing the lead at the start line to Button but Alonso kept close to the McLaren driver and confidently regained the lead by leapfrogging Button with a perfect pitstop.
Massa also held his own to keep his 3rd position and finish on the podium. Webber is the biggest winner from this race being the only leadership contender to collect points in the last 2 races. Webber now has 187 points, 5 clear of his closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, who suffered right front tyre damage early on the race from a collision with Massa and did not finish the race.
Mathematically speaking, two more drivers fall out of the Championship fight ,with 5 races to go to the end of the season – Sutil and Schumacher. This should signal to Mercedes to get behind Schumacher’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg, for a fight with the leaders. The top 8 drivers are separated by 79 points, which is just over 3 race wins.
As the F1 circus leaves the last European race of the calendar, RedBulls are poised to dominate in the rest of the races and will be hoping for better luck with their reliability to pick up their first Driver and Constructor’s Championship.
Next race Singapore in a fortnight on 24 – 26th September.
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