In the Formula 1 season, the Italian grand prix at Monza is always a special occasion. The “palace of speed” is not just an incredible and formidable circuit, it is also home of the tifosi – the speed-mad, hyper-passionate Italians who flock to the circuit to scream for the Ferrari team.
The cliché goes “the atmosphere is electric”, well, at Monza “fiery” is a far more appropriate term and the race on Sunday did not disappoint the fans.
It was action-packed from the start, when Antonio Liuzzi pirouetted his HRT into the first corner collecting two cars and causing mayhem in the pack. This didn’t affect Fernando Alonso who got a blistering start in his Ferrari and was able to lead the pack out to the delirious joy of the assembled Italians.
…unable to fend off the fearless onslaught of Sebastien Vettel …
His team-mate, Massa, was involved in an incident with Mark Webber that caused the Red Bull driver to lose his front-wing and fly into the gravel at the Parabolica corner. Despite this, Massa was able to bring his Ferrari home in sixth position.
Despite his start, Alonso was unable to fend off the fearless onslaught of Sebastien Vettel who didn’t back down when overtaking with one wheel on the grass to take a lead that he maintained until the end of the race.
…a rugged driving style that was believed to be a risk…
The McLarens of Button and Hamilton came second and fourth respectively having spent a race dealing with the sheer straight-line speed of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes. Schumacher was able to finish fifth but not before receiving an informal warning from his team boss for a rugged driving style that was believed to be a risk to Hamilton’s safety.
Further down the field, there were a multitude of battles and scraps in a race that never really settled down. Monza proved to be a real test of strategy and reliability and eight cars failed to reach the chequered flag.
It was a race that favoured the brave and punished hesitation or error, and it was for that reason that the tifosi were denied their Ferrari result by aggressive Germans and English drivers.
The circus heads to Singapore in a fortnights time at which Sebastien Vettel could officially claim the championship.
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