Italian Grand Prix Formula One race report
Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix race results
|01||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||53 laps – 1h19m41.221s||1|
|02||Sergio Perez||Sauber Ferrari||+4.356||1|
|05||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus Renault||+30.881||1|
|06||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes AMG||+31.259||2|
|07||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG||+33.550||2|
|08||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes||+41.057||1|
|09||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+43.898||1|
|10||Bruno Senna||Williams Renault||+48.144||1|
|11||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault||+48.682||2|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+50.316||1|
|13||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Lotus Renault||+75.861||1|
|14||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham Renault||+1 lap||2|
|15||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham Renault||+1 lap||2|
|16||Charles Pic||Marussia Cosworth||+1 lap||2|
|17||Timo Glock||Marussia Cosworth||+1 lap||2|
|18||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT Cosworth||+1 lap||1|
|19||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT Cosworth||+1 lap||1|
|20||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault||+2 laps||2|
|21||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India Mercedes||+3 laps||2|
|22||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+6 laps||2|
|23||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes||DNF||1|
|24||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso Ferrari||DNF||0|
|13||Di Resta||Force India||32|
Red Bull Racing
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 5th
“I found out I had a problem roughly 300 metres before I stopped the car. It was an alternator problem, similar to the one we had yesterday morning. The drive-through incident was decided and happened, so there’s not so much to say about that. We lost some points today; but we did the best we could – you could see that our pace was not as strong as the leaders. It had been a good race for us given the lack of pace. There are not so many long straights at the next couple of circuits, so we can challenge there.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 11th
“Towards the end of the race, I had no rear tyres left and I was pushing reasonably hard. Nico (Rosberg) was coming on his fresh two-stop tyres, so I had to keep pushing and staying on it – for the sake of getting a couple of points, maybe I shouldn’t have pushed as hard, but I was trying to stay on it. The rear tyres were completely finished, so I dropped it out of the Ascari chicane; I managed to keep it off the wall, but then the tyres were so heavily flat-spotted, I was worried about damaging the car. We do 330 km/h round here, I couldn’t see the track, so we decided to retire.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A hugely disappointing race – our first non-points scoring race since Korea 2010. It was a repeat failure on Sebastian’s car with the alternator and we need to look into it and work with Renault to ensure it doesn’t happen again. It’s already cost us a victory in Valencia and now a points-finish again here in Monza. It’s important we address it for the remaining seven races. For Mark, it was a tough race. Unfortunately he just ran out of tyres near the end of the race and the resulting flat spots that came from the high-speed spin put an awful lot of vibration in the car. Rather than risk a failure, we chose to retire the car.”
CYRIL DUMONT, Renault: “We changed the alternator on Sebastian’s car yesterday, but unfortunately we had the same failure in today’s race. We are still looking into why this happened, but we do know that even though the alternator was being operated entirely within the prescribed range, the part itself overheated and shut off the power supply. We have to apologise to Red Bull Racing as clearly this has hurt us in the Championship. We have no option, but to sort it out and it will still be a priority before Singapore.”
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2012 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Sunday September 9
“Winning in Italy – one of the greatest experiences of my F1 career”
- 180th victory for McLaren
- 76th victory for McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mobil 1 and Enkei
- 32nd victory for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- 20th victory for Lewis
- 5th victory of the season for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
- 3rd successive victory for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – first hat-trick since GB/Germany/Hungary 2008
- Started: 1st
- Finished 1st
- Fastest lap 1m28.427s (+1.188s, 5th)
- Pitstops One: lap 23 (2.55s) [Opt-Pri]
- Points 142 (2nd)
“Winning at Monza is one of the greatest experiences of my Formula 1 career. I absolutely love this place: I’ve been coming to Italy to race since I was 13 years old and I just love the culture, the food and the people.
“Since I started in Formula 1, Monza has been one of the races I always wanted to win at – it’s such an incredible, historic circuit and all the great racing drivers have won here. To finally put my name on that list makes me feel extremely proud, but also very humble.
“Our car has been fantastic all weekend, and it was nice to have a relaxed grand prix with no troubles. I was out on my own for most of the race and just tried to manage the gap behind me. I was cruising at the end, but, once I heard that Sergio [Perez] had got past Fernando [Alonso], I had to push a little to keep the cushion over second place.
“The race was very unfortunate for Jenson – we were running first and second at the time and it would have been great for the team if we could have finished like that.
“This championship is proving to be so unpredictable – and I’m so grateful that we’ve got a good car and that we’re in the fight. We’ve got seven more races on the calendar. We should enjoy today, but this victory is just one step. Tomorrow, we’ll start all over again, for Singapore.”
- Started 2nd
- Finished Ret – fuel system problem
- Fastest lap 1m28.926s (+1.687s, 13th)
- Pitstops One: lap 22 (4.70s) [Opt-Pri]
- Points 101 (6th)
“I had too much wheelspin at the start, and that dropped me to third and caused me to lose a lot of time behind Felipe [Massa]. But it was nice to get past him, put some clear air between us, and then start chasing down Lewis.
“I was never going to challenge him for the win, but it would have been great for the team if we could have finished first and second. But it wasn’t to be.
“I don’t entirely know what caused my car to stop – I’m told it was a fuel system problem that we’re still investigating. The engine cut out and I had to coast to a stop. These things happen.
“But, looking for the positives, I want to offer my congratulations to the whole team. We’ve proven over the past few races that we’re very strong in both qualifying trim and race trim. That consistency is really key, and we haven’t seen that form from any team all season, so that’s very encouraging indeed.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH – Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis drove a perfect race here at Monza today, and duly took a well-deserved victory – his 20th grand prix win and McLaren’s 180th.
“In truth, he was in total control throughout all 53 laps, and was never really threatened.
“We should have scored a one-two finish, but Jenson was deprived of an easy second place by a fuel system problem. That’s frustrating for him and frustrating for us, but the important thing is that our car is a winner. We’ve now won three grands prix in a row, and both our drivers are on top form.
“Lewis has now closed up to second place in the drivers’ world championship, with seven grands prix still to run. It was his third victory of the season, and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ fifth. The momentum is with us, and the drivers’ world championship crown is well within Lewis’s grasp. In the constructors’ championship, too, we’re in good shape.
“Winning is what Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is all about. In Singapore in two weeks’ time, we’re planning to do some more of it.”
Italian Grand Prix
Monza, 9th September 2012
Driver Pos. Time Gap Laps FL G
Alonso 3rd 1:20.01.815 + 20.594 53 1.28.835 44
Massa 4th 1:20.10.888 + 29.667 53 1.28.914 33
Weather: air 29/30°C, track 42/41 °C. Sunny Chassis: Alonso 295, Massa 294.
Scuderia Ferrari picked up twenty seven points in the Italian Grand Prix, the biggest haul of any team today. Fernando Alonso was the author of a great climb up the order to third after his problems in qualifying yesterday and made it onto the Monza podium for the third consecutive year, in as many races with Ferrari. Felipe Massa also had a great race, coming home fourth after giving his all throughout the race. After 13 rounds of the 2012 season, Fernando still leads the Drivers’ classification, increasing his lead over his closest pursuer to 37 points, while for the first time this year, Felipe is in the top ten. In the Constructors’ the Scuderia is back in third spot, having made significant inroads into the points gap to the leader which is now down to 46. Both drivers made just one pit stop to switch from the Medium to Hard, on lap 19 for Felipe and 20 for Fernando.
Stefano Domenicali: “We often say it on Saturday after qualifying: the points are only given out on Sunday afternoon and today we saw that confirmed yet again. There was another confirmation, if indeed one was needed, that reliability has to be the absolute priority. After all the problems we had over this weekend, for us to be able to leave Monza with Fernando increasing his lead in the Drivers’ championship, bringing it back to the level it had reached after Hungary and with enough points to consider the Constructors’ championship open again, is very important for us. Fernando produced a great drive, as did Felipe. Sure, the regret relating to the pole that was within our grasp is still present, because starting from the first row rather than the fifth, the Spanish driver could have definitely been in the fight for the victory. Felipe proved to everyone, not to us, because we knew already, that he is a driver who can fight for the very top spot and that at Ferrari, we work as a team, united in our efforts to reach the targets we set ourselves. The European part of the Formula 1 season has come to a close and now the final leg begins, with seven races in a little over two months. Those seven will be very tough for everyone and all of us, back in Maranello and at the race tracks, will tackle them doing our very best, paying great attention to every little detail. That’s the only way we will be able to achieve our goals, which, I repeat, are within our capabilities.”
Fernando Alonso: “This Sunday was perfect for the championship, almost like a film with a happy ending: another podium finish, three of my closest rivals with no points and an increased lead over my closest pursuer. I remain convinced that, but for the problem in qualifying yesterday, we could definitely have had every chance of starting from pole and if we can be equally competitive on Saturdays at the tracks that are coming up, it will be very important for the end of the season. We must try to win some more races and to manage the lead we have in the classification. Here we had to mark Vettel, but in Singapore it will be important to keep an eye on Hamilton, who is now second. When I found myself fighting with Vettel I went off the track and, from then on, the car was not right. It wasn’t nice bouncing through the gravel but, afterwards, I was able to overtake him anyway a few laps later. I don’t want to comment on the penalty he received, but what he did was definitely on the limit. The opening laps were the key to my race. I passed a few cars – Kimi, Di Resta and Michael – and finding myself sixth almost immediately put my race on a more even course. Racing for Ferrari at Monza and standing on the podium is something special: driving a red car is different because the fans are exceptional. If they were told not to eat for days to have the chance to drive a car from Maranello, they would do it and this is what makes the passion for Ferrari unique around the world.”
Felipe Massa: “I’m pleased with this result, even if I’d been hoping to make it to the podium. We faced higher tyre degradation than we expected, very different to what we had seen on Friday in free practice. A shame, because while the tyres were still working, I could match the pace of the McLarens, but then I began to lose the rear end earlier than they did. It was not an easy race: towards the end, Perez came back at me very strongly and there was nothing I could do to fend him off. I worked for the team, trying to help Fernando, which is as it should be. I have always done it and will do it whenever it’s necessary. I don’t think a two stop strategy would have worked: looking at the data, for us it was definitely slower than a single stop. When the team had no telemetry, we spoke for a long time on the radio and, all in all, we were able to manage the situation in the best way possible. I don’t know if this race changes anything regarding my future, but definitely the most important thing for now is to keep going like this, working with great concentration and trying to do my best for the team.”
Pat Fry: “Saying this has been an intense weekend would be something of a euphemism. We had various reliability problems on the cars in the past days and today we had one with the garage equipment which meant we were practically in the dark, in that we had neither telemetry nor television pictures on the pit wall, nor the link to the remote garage at Maranello, at what was a one of the crucial phases of the race, in other words as we were coming up to the pit stops. We had a bit of a communication problem and it was rather like taking a step back in time to the days when we didn’t have all this equipment available: at one point we had to make do with the telephone to speak to Maranello and decide if it was the right time for the pit stop! We were able to manage the situation, but believe me, it was not a walk in the park. Then there was the incident when Fernando went off the track in his duel with Vettel: once the telemetry was working again, we spotted there was something not quite right at the rear, so in the final laps, we asked him to be cautious, avoiding the kerbs. When the car was in parc ferme, I have to say we could see the damage was quite bad, also affecting the aerodynamics. From a technical point of view, this afternoon, the tyre degradation was greater than we had expected going into the race: we must analyse the data carefully to understand why. We managed to recover almost completely from the situation we were in after yesterday’s problems, but looking at the weekend as a whole, I have to say what happened over these days should ring some alarm bells for all of us: we have to do the maximum in every area if we want to win.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX, MONZA, 9 SEPTEMBER, RACE
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finished in sixth and seventh places today in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
- Michael completed a two-stop strategy, running option/prime/prime, and stopping on laps 15 and 37
- Nico also stopped twice today, running option/prime/prime, and stopping on laps 14 and 38
- Fastest lap for Nico, on the final lap, was the fourth of his career and second of the season
- Sixth win in 13 races for Mercedes-Benz power, and third in a row, with four engines in the top ten
Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Race Result / Fastest Lap
- Michael Schumacher 7 F1 W03 / 09 P6 1:27.718
- Nico Rosberg 8 F1 W03 / 07 P7 1:27.239
- Weather Hot and sunny
- Temperatures Air: 27-29°C Track: 39-42°C
It was a fun race today – although I must admit that, following our performance on Friday, I had secretly hoped we would be able to move up the field. But we had a tricky first stint. After that, everything went really well, we were on the pace and I think we showed a clear upwards trend today. I kind of ran out of laps this afternoon and, if the race had been a bit longer, I’d have been able to battle even further forward. Overall, though, we got everything out of it today. Now we need to keep this trend going – and everybody in the team is working hard on it.
Seventh place is an improvement on my recent finishes so I’m satisfied with that today, although there may have been potential for more. I had no grip on my option tyres in the first stint, which were the same set that gave me problems in Q3. After the first stop, I had very good pace and was able to set a few fastest race laps and move up the field with some nice overtakes. It’s nice to have had a better finish to a race weekend and I’m looking forward to more of the same in Singapore in a couple of weeks.
Both our drivers put in strong, aggressive and controlled performances today. We knew that a one-stop strategy was not feasible for us this afternoon, so we went into the race planning to make two stops and knew the drivers would have to race hard to make it work against other cars who were one-stopping. The disappointment today was that both drivers really struggled on their first set of tyres – perhaps because of how we used them in qualifying, running more than one timed lap in Q3, or perhaps another factor, which is something we will have to analyse. We lost all our time in this phase of the race but, thereafter, the performance of both cars looked good. Nico’s fastest lap shows that our level of performance today was reasonable and both he and Michael were consistently among the fastest in the second half of the race. Sixth and seventh places are far from perfect but we can be positive about an exciting race, running the right strategy for our current situation and two great drives from Michael and Nico.
Fighting drives from Michael and Nico this afternoon with lots of nice overtaking moves. We didn’t have great pace in the opening stint, running the option tyres we had used in qualifying like everybody in the top ten, but it looked much better after the first stops. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and McLaren Mercedes on three wins in a row – two for Lewis, one for Jenson Button. Our Mercedes engine has taken six wins from 13 races this season, including one for our Silver Arrows team in China. After scoring the most points of any engine in 2009, 2010 and 2011, this confirms the Mercedes V8 as the most successful power plant so far in 2012 as well.
Lotus F1 Team
Even The Bad Times Are Good – Italian Grand Prix
Kimi Räikkönen scored a strong fifth place in the Italian Grand Prix to move him into third position in the Drivers’ Championship after a hot and fast-paced race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Kimi is now just one point off second-placed Lewis Hamilton, whilst the team falls to fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship. Jérôme D’Ambrosio made an impressive race debut for the team, finishing in thirteenth place despite having no KERS for most of the race.
Kimi started on used medium compound Pirelli tyres, stopping on lap 17 for new hards.
Jérôme started on new hard compound tyres, stopping on lap 27 for new mediums.
Jérôme’s stop at 2.44 seconds was the team’s fastest-ever race pit stop.
Kimi Räikkönen, P5, E20-05
“It’s good to go into third position in the Drivers’ Championship but we lost some points to Fernando [Alonso] which is not ideal. It was a difficult weekend as we were too slow in a straight line, making it very difficult to hold off anyone and even with the DRS it was difficult to overtake the cars in front. We did the one stop strategy and the tyres were fine. We came into the race looking for sixth or seventh so fifth is the maximum we could have done here this weekend.”
Jérôme D’Ambrosio P13, E20-03
“It was a pretty long and difficult race for me today. After losing my KERS on lap 6 it was always going to be tough as that’s worth about half a second per lap around here. I got a good start and was up fighting with Daniel [Ricciardo] and Nico [Rosberg], but once I lost that extra boost it was impossible to keep up and I dropped back. My last stint on the medium tyres in clean air was pretty good and I didn’t make many mistakes, so maybe with a bit more luck we could have had a slightly better result. My main aim was to finish the race and I’ve achieved that so it’s not so bad overall. It was great to be back in the car and especially with such a fantastic team ; I’ve learnt a lot this weekend.”
Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“From this weekend I don’t think we could have expected better. The key to a good championship position at the end of the season is always scoring points, even when it is a difficult weekend. Kimi delivered exactly as we wanted from him today and moving to third in the standings is a just reward. We are still in contact with those ahead of us in both Championships with seven races to go. Jérôme did an amazing job after being thrown in at the deep end. Without his KERS issue I’m pretty sure he could have achieved a points finish. We are optimistic that from Singapore onwards we will be much more competitive due to the circuit layout and updates we have coming, meaning we will be able to score more points in every race.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director
“We weren’t looking forward to coming to Monza as it doesn’t play to the strengths of our car so we’re very happy to come away with fifth place from Kimi. He drove exceptionally well at a circuit where we knew we weren’t going to be super competitive. It’s fantastic that he has moved up into third place in the Drivers’ Championship, and is now just one point off second. Jérôme had one arm tied behind his back with a KERS failure very early in the race and KERS is worth a significant amount of time here. He did a very credible job despite this, and his pace on the medium compound tyre in the second part of the race was pretty good. We now move to a circuit which we feel should really suit our car so we’re looking forward to the fly-aways.”
Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 Team Support Leader
“A very difficult race for us. Kimi did a fantastic job to finish in fifth ; he was flat out for the entire race. Jérôme finished his first race for the team, also performing well, despite having a KERS problem early on. We have to look at both of these issues and improve for Singapore.”
Please note the team was rebranded Sahara Force India in October 2011. Please use the full name when referring to the team.
Sahara Force India picked up four points in the Italian Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta battled hard to finish in eighth place. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire in the closing stages with brake issues.
P8 Paul Di Resta (VJM05/02)
Tyre strategy: Used medium, new hard
Paul: “Coming into this weekend I probably would have settled for eighth place, but when you consider the pace we showed in qualifying yesterday, we certainly had high hopes for the race. I struggled at the start with the heavy fuel load and didn’t really have the race pace on the medium tyres. Things improved after my stop when I was running the hard compound and our pace was much stronger towards the end of the race. But there was no way I could keep the Mercedes behind me and with their two-stop strategy they had a bit more speed than us. It’s good to extend our lead over Williams with a few more points, but obviously Sauber look strong and outperformed a lot of people. We will take the positives from the weekend, analyse things and try and improve our race pace in time for Singapore.”
DNF Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03)
Tyre strategy: New hard, new medium
Nico: “It’s always frustrating to start right at the back and I knew it was going to be difficult to come through the pack – even with a quick car. I had a few good fights in the race – so from that point of view it was fun, but I was struggling with my brakes from lap one with a long pedal and I lost more performance as the race went on. Towards the end it became a safety concern so we decided to retire the car. It’s not been a particularly memorable weekend for me, but at least the team scored some points with the other car.”
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
“I think we made the most of a challenging race today. Despite the speed we showed yesterday, we did not have the race pace early on to fight the cars ahead of us. So all considered I’m pleased to see Paul come home eighth and score four points. The one-stop strategy worked well for us and the car was coming on strong in the closing stages of the race. We were a bit fortunate with some retirements, but we were in the right place to maximise the opportunities. Nico’s difficult weekend continued as he suffered with brake issues all afternoon. He made some progress early in the race, but as the brake problem deteriorated there was no choice but to retire the car.”
Sauber F1 Team
- Italian GP – Race – Sunday, 09.09.2012
- Weather: dry and sunny, temperatures, 28-29°C air, 40-42°C track
Sergio Pérez and the Sauber F1 Team scored their third podium of the season. Sergio came second at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, the same result as earlier this year in Malaysia. Sergio started from 12th and was one of the few drivers on hard tyres. After a difficult first part of the race he put in an amazing second stint when he went through the field like a hot knife through butter.
The Sauber F1 Team equaled its best result of the season, which was a total of 20 points achieved at the German round of the championship. In addition to Sergio’s 18 points, his team mate, Kamui Kobayashi, contributed two points by coming ninth at the legendary high speed circuit in the Royal Park. After the end of the European season, the Sauber F1 Team now has exactly 100 points to its tally and remains sixth in the 2012 FIA Formula One Constructors’ Championship with seven races to go. Sergio is still ninth in the drivers’ championship, while Kamui remains 12th.
Sergio Pérez: 2nd
- Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- Start on new hard tyres, after 29 laps change to new medium tyres.
“This was a very enjoyable race for me. It was one of those where you have the pace and are the one to attack. I am very happy for the team which is working very hard. It is a really good team, I am proud of it. I didn’t have an easy first stint with the hard tyres but it was certainly the right strategy. I was frequently in contact with the team on the radio because I was worried the tyres would suddenly drop and we would have to change our strategy. Also we were not quite sure how quickly they would warm up. However, it worked out fine, I could stay out as long as I needed to for our strategy. The second stint was then really maximum attack and I must say all of the drivers I overtook have been fair. They didn’t leave me more room than they had to, but it was always enough. This is the way it should be. I am very pleased at having achieved my first European podium in Monza.”
Kamui Kobayashi: 9th
- Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari 056)
- Start on used medium tyres, after 20 laps change to new hard tyres.
“First of all congratulations to Sergio – well done, mate! It is a great day for our team. I have nothing to complain about with my race, but for some reason I just didn’t have the pace. Obviously I raced on a different strategy as I had to start on the tyres I qualified with. For both compounds I admit I had a lack of experience as we hadn’t managed to do long runs on Friday. I just had a normal race, so there wasn’t really anything special.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO:
“What a day and what a result! I have to say this comes as somewhat of a surprise on a track which we thought would be quite challenging for our car. But once again we proved our strong race performance. For quite some time Sergio was the fastest driver out there. It’s fantastic that the team back at our home base prepared such a competitive car. The race team made the right decisions for the set-up and the strategy and the drivers delivered on the track. These 20 points are very important for our goal to move up in the championship.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Both cars got away quite well from the start. Our drivers were on different strategies: Kamui was on used medium tyres from Q3, while Sergio started on new hard tyres. We targeted one stop for both drivers. But Kamui lost some time, and we have to investigate why his car was not as quick as the other one. Something went wrong there. Sergio had to be patient in the beginning in order to do a longer first stint, and then on the new medium tyres his pace was outstanding, this explains his great performance. As a team we are very happy. The performance of the car was there, which was the basis for this great result.”
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
Race finish: 12th
“It’s been so hard to score points this year and that means it is incredibly disappointing not to get one today. I was tenth until the last corner on the very last lap. At that point, I accelerated to exit Parabolica and nothing happened. At the moment, I don’t know the cause, but to miss out on a point by a few hundred metres is bitterly disappointing.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03)
Race finish: DNF
“I was taken from the accident to the Medical Centre, but apart from a bit of pain in my back and my head, I am fine. I don’t know why I crashed. All I can remember is that when I braked, I completely lost control of the back end of the car. I felt a big impact when the car landed after going up in the air. The kerb is high at that point and I count myself lucky that the car did not flip over.”
Franz Tost: “A frustrating race for us at the end of a difficult weekend on home ground. As it was clear we did not have great pace this weekend, we decided to run Daniel on a one stop strategy in the hope of making up places on those changing tyres twice. It worked to a certain extent, as from 14th on the grid he was in tenth place for most of the final lap. Unfortunately, his car suffered a fuel pick-up problem, which we now need to investigate and this dropped him back to twelfth. As for Jean-Eric’s accident, we now need to look into its causes.”
Italian GP Race
- Bruno Senna finished in a points-scoring tenth position in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
- After making a good start, Bruno drove a clean race to make his one-stop strategy work while defending his position throughout.
- Pastor Maldonado finished in 11th, making up eleven places from the grid and narrowly missing out on a double-points finish for the team.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Both drivers had good starts and from 13th on the grid today, we are pleased to have scored a point with Bruno who ran a one-stop strategy and finished in tenth. Pastor also drove well, finishing just behind Bruno in 11th on a two stop strategy, having started back in 22nd following his 10-position grid penalty.
Bruno Senna: It was very tough to try to make the one-stop strategy work, but we did it and were also lucky with a few cars that were forced to retire. It was a great effort from the team today to make it into the points. Now we look forward to the next few races where we run higher downforce on the car which should suit us better. We will be aiming to build on today and bring home even more points.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a tough race, especially starting from the back, but the car showed good pace and was consistent. We just missed out on the points but I was happy to have made up 11 places in the race. I’m looking forward to the next race now as I think the track will suit our car better, so we’ll see.
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: It was always going to be difficult to score points from our starting positions so for Bruno to come away with one point is some consolation. We have to look forward to Singapore, a very different type of track from here, and one that should suit us a lot better.
Italian GP Review
Bruno Senna’s 10th place at Monza on Sunday earned him and the Williams F1 Team a world championship point. Our Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan explains, however, that the team had hoped for more from the 53-lap race.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
Q: How would you sum up the performance of the FW34 at Monza?
MG: Overall our ultimate pace was not quite as strong as we have seen in some races but it was good to see both drivers pushing hard throughout the race. Both had good starts and ultimately we finished a combined 14 places higher than we started, with Bruno securing a point in 10th and Pastor just behind in P11, having started P22.
Q: How did the dry weather during Friday practice help the team’s preparations?
MG: For the first time in a while we had a completely dry weekend which allowed us to complete the entire set-up and test programme in preparation for both qualifying and the race. We evaluated different down-force levels, mechanical set-ups, fuel levels and tyres on both shorter and longer runs.
Q: How did the knowledge that Pastor would receive a 10-place grid penalty affect your approach to the weekend with his car?
MG: It didn’t affect our approach in any way.
Q: Tyre wear was more of an issue at Monza than many people predicted. Did you suffer from excessive wear rates on the inside shoulder, like other teams?
MG: Yes our inner shoulder wear was higher than expected during the weekend but we were able to manage it during the race.
Q: You split tyre strategies during the race, Bruno doing one stop and Pastor two. Which was the quicker strategy?
MG: Without the tyre wear limitation a one-stop strategy is quicker around Monza, but Pastor also picked up a slow puncture during the first stint of the race which limited what we could do strategy wise with him.
Q: How did the incident between Bruno and Paul di Resta compromise Bruno’s race?
MG: Bruno lost quite a lot of time during the incident and as tyre management was crucial in the race this sort of track excursion was not good news and can impact lap times throughout a stint.
Q: The Singapore Grand Prix comes next. What can we expect from the FW34 at the Marina Bay circuit?
MG: We turn up to each race expecting to score points and are disappointed if we are unsuccessful. Singapore is a long hard race and the start of the seven fly-away races that end the season – the whole team are looking forward to the race and are keen to deliver a good result.
HRT F1 Team
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo di Monza
- Sunday, 9th of September 2012
- Weather: Sunny – Air 29ºC, Track 42ºC
- Race: 53 laps – Track distance: 5.793 km
- Pedro de la RosaF112-02 #2218th
- Narain KarthikeyanF112-03 #2319th
An exciting Italian Grand Prix took place today in Monza. An event where Pedro de la Rosa reached the 100 Formula 1 Grand Prix mark, reserved for a chosen few, which topped off a positive weekend for HRT Formula 1 Team. For the seventh time this season, both F112’s crossed the checkered flag with Pedro de la Rosa in 18th position and Narain Karthikeyan in 19th. With a one-stop strategy, both drivers started off with medium compound tyres, but it was the hard compound used in the second half of the race that worked better.
Formula 1 closes the book on European races and, in two weeks, will start another extra-European swing with the Singapore Grand Prix (21st-23rd of September).
Pedro de la Rosa: “I’m more than satisfied with the result, especially keeping in mind how we started the race. The start wasn’t easy but I did what I could because the medium tyres didn’t work well. In the second half of the race, on hard tyres, I started to run well and I’m happy with our pitstop because it was very good. I’m happy with this 100th Grand Prix although I would have liked to have done it better. We have to continue improving and in Singapore we hope for the planned upgrades to help us take that step forward”.
Narain Karthikeyan: “I had a great start and overtook both Marussias, but on the first corner we had a slight touch that, besides making me lose positions, damaged my front wing. The car was oversteering and we made the most of the pit stop to the change the front wing, which made us lose a substantial amount of time. Then the blue flags started coming out and we also had to change our driving mode to avoid excessive overheating and reach the end of the race. Nevertheless, I’m happy because the car is performing well and surely, if we continue working hard, we will achieve a good result. Now the Asian swing begins and I’m very excited about racing close to home in Singapore”.
Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: “I’m happy with how the race went; we experienced no problems and the car proved its good reliability. We carried out a one-stop strategy which worked well and finished one lap off the winner, which proved that we had a good performance. We’ve closed the gap to the head of the field at a circuit that we knew would benefit us. Overall it’s been a positive weekend with Ma’s debut and Pedro’s 100th Grand Prix, and now we’re looking forward to Singapore, where I hope we will be able to continue progressing”.
Marussia F1 Team
- 2012 Italian Grand Prix – The Race
- Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
- PIC P16 1:29.753
- GLOCK P17 1:29.888
The Marussia F1 Team’s Italian Grand Prix weekend continued to exceed expectation in today’s 53-lap race, with Charles Pic and Timo Glock finishing in 16th and 17th positions respectively.
Both drivers had strong cars beneath them today and all the indications were that they were looking good for achieving the team’s target of displacing one of the cars of its immediate competitors. Unfortunately for Timo, having lost his front wing end plate in the first lap melée, he started to lose aero performance and had to pit earlier than planned, which put him off-strategy for the balance of the race. Charles also had to switch strategy, from a planned one-stop race to two stops.
Charles Pic #25
“I am very happy with today’s race performance as it represents another significant step for the team. We came here expecting it to be a tough weekend for us; our car had not performed well in Montreal, which has similar aerodynamic characteristics. We worked well through the various set-up options to arrive at a car that was actually very strong and which today put us even closer to the cars ahead when we were perhaps expecting not to be so competitive to them here. This is a good sign. In the race it was not a bad start, but not great, so there is some work we can do in the last stage of the season to improve that and our prospects for the races. We have some more upgrades for Singapore so I hope they translate into more of this great progress we have been seeing.”
Timo Glock #24
“A bitter shame on my side really. The start itself was not great although I got through Turn 1 okay, but into Turn 2 there was a bit of a queue in front of me and Petrov moved to the outside, where I was. I couldn’t avoid him and he just clipped my front wing, which was damaged as a result. From there I couldn’t really do much as we had lost a bit of performance and the car was just ‘okay’ to drive. Worse than that, as I stopped so early I was out of sequence. I had to stay out longer and had more degradation at the end as the stints were quite long for me. Then blue flags cost us at the end. Overall I think we have to be quite pleased as we weren’t really running with the traditional Monza downforce specification. I’m now looking forward to Singapore – my favourite race.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“Overall, we’ve seen even further improvement today, however the race was not without its disappointments, as we were unable to finish in the positions that we had hoped for. Neither driver got the best of starts, however by the end of lap one we were in a position to challenge the cars directly ahead. The pace of both cars was good initially, but unfortunately Timo had broken his front wing end plate during the first lap melée and had to pit for a new wing, which effectively ruined his race as he was well off the optimum strategy. Charles did a fantastic job to keep pace with our immediate competitors and our plan for him was to run a one stop race. Unfortunately, we were limited by front tyre wear, despite having a good rate of rear degradation, and this resulted in us having to complete a two-stop race and lose what would have been track position to a Caterham. Despite our steady progress, experiences such as this do still disappoint us, but we take great comfort and encouragement from seeing how well we have fared here, despite not running an optimum Monza downforce package. We have achieved our target of ending the European section of the calendar on a positive note and we look forward to a very busy but exciting final phase of the season. As we say goodbye to Monza I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the team, both trackside and back at base, for all their hard work and dedication to the task of improving both car and team performance. We really are coming into our own now and we can all take tremendous pride in what we are achieving at this stage in the season.”
Performance and durability from Pirelli at Monza
Lewis Hamilton continued his dominant weekend at the Italian Grand Prix to record McLaren’s third consecutive win this year. Hamilton adopted a one-stop strategy to claim victory from Sauber’s Sergio Perez, who started from 12th on the grid and chose a different one-stop strategy to Hamilton.
Pirelli nominated the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero White medium for Monza: the two hardest tyres in the Formula One range, which showed both performance and durability. Hamilton won after running 30 laps on the hard tyre at the end of the race, while the speed of the medium tyre – which Perez used for his 24-lap final stint – enabled him to be lapping more than two seconds faster than his closest rivals at one point as the grand prix came to its conclusion.
The race started in dry and warm conditions, with 39 degrees of track temperature and 27 degrees ambient: slightly hotter than it had been on Friday and Saturday. The top 10 on the grid all qualified on the medium tyre, with the highest-placed driver to start on the hard tyre being Perez from 12th. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Lotus), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) – who had to start from last on the grid – were the only other drivers to start the 53-lap race on the Silver hard tyre.
By lap 18 Perez was up to sixth and by lap 25 he took the lead, before stopping to change to the medium tyre on lap 29. He passed Alonso for second place on lap 46 to repeat his best-ever career result from Malaysia: the last race when the hard and medium P Zero tyres were nominated, at the start of the year.
Hamilton, who won by four seconds, stopped once on lap 23, moving from the medium to the hard tyre and handing the lead to Perez – re-taking it once the Sauber driver had made his pit stop. Ferrari also made a one-stop strategy work effectively, with Fernando Alonso completing a long 33-lap final stint on the hard tyre and eventually taking third place, having started from 10th on the grid.
The highest-placed driver to use a two-stop strategy was Michael Schumacher, who finished sixth ahead of his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the same strategy: an opening stint on the medium compound followed by two stints on the hard compound. Rosberg also set the fastest lap of the race on the hard tyre.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “We witnessed performance and durability from both the P Zero tyres today: performance from the explosive drive by Sergio Perez and Sauber on the medium compound, and durability from the long runs we saw on the hard tyre from all the frontrunners, with the top five stopping only once on the fastest circuit of the year. Going into the race, the teams had to be quite flexible in their approach in order to decide between a one-stop and a two-stop strategy. Although tyre degradation is low in Monza there are some places like Parabolica that put a lot of energy through the front tyres in particular. Once more McLaren did an excellent job but we also saw very good tyre management from Ferrari – with Alonso making up eight places – and Perez, who demonstrated once more Sauber’s ability to get the very best out of their tyres. And we’d like to thank all the Italian fans here, whose passion and enthusiasm has made this race unique. We really appreciate the support and welcome we have been given and we all feel proud to call this our home Grand Prix.”
Pit stop summary – 2012 Italian Grand Prix
|Schumacher:||MU||HN (15)||HN (37)||2|
|Rosberg:||MU||HN (14)||HN (38)||2|
|Di Resta:||MU||HN (21)||1|
|Maldonado:||HN||MN (13)||MN (35)||2|
|Kovalainen:||MN||HN (17)||MN (39)||2|
|Petrov:||MN||HN (19)||MN (40)||2|
|Pic:||MN||HN (18)||HN (35)||2|
|Glock:||MN||HN (7)||HN (32)||2|
|De La Rosa:||MN||HN (22)||1|
|Webber:||MN||HU (21)||1 DNF|
|Hülkenberg:||HN||MN (27)||1 DNF|
|Vettel:||MU||HN (20)||DT (34)||2 DNF|
|Button:||MU||HN (22)||1 NC|
The first column denotes the tyres the driver started the race on.
M = Medium compound
H = Hard compound
N = New compound
U = Used compound
DNF = Did not finish
NC = Not classified
DT = Drive Through
The last column gives the total amount of pit stops.
2012 Italian Grand Prix – Starting Tyre Line-up
At the Italian Grand Prix the drivers started on the following tyres:
|De La Rosa||Medium|
Renault Sport F1
Renault Sport F1 Italian Grand Prix Race Report
Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen was the highest-placed Renault-engined driver in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
The Finn finished in fifth place to move into third in the drivers’ championship. Williams F1 Team’s Bruno Senna passed the flag in tenth, one position ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado.
Jérôme d’Ambrosio demonstrated a strong pace in the sister E20 to finish his debut race for Lotus in 13th. Caterham F1 Team also had a double finish with Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov passing the flag in 14th and 15th overall.
Unfortunately the Red Bull Racing cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both retired from the race. Sebastian suffered an alternator failure five laps from the chequered flag, while Mark Webber retired following a spin.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
This weekend has not been acceptable from either a performance or reliability point of view. We have to apologise to Red Bull for the two failures on Sebastian’s car, first in FP3 and now in the race. In both cases the alternator failed. We introduced a new spec’ of alternator following the problems in Valencia and believed this would overcome the issues. We are still looking into why the part failed again here but we do know that even though the alternator was being operated entirely within the prescribed range, the part itself overheated and shut off the power supply. This is a priority between ourselves and our suppliers and we have to ensure we are fully on top of the problem before Singapore.
Lotus has again had a strong finish and Kimi made the most of the potential of the car, but there was a problem with the KERS on Jérôme’s car that we also need to investigate.
Clearly these types of issues should not happen and we will work tirelessly between ourselves and our suppliers to be back on form in all areas in Singapore and for the rest of the season.
Mark’s weekend of highs and lows
Mark endured a frustrating weekend at Monza. He qualified 11th and was forced to retire from the race after flat-spotting all four tyres in a high-speed spin with two laps to go.
“It’s been a frustrating weekend,” says Mark. “With Seb [Vettel] retiring as well, this was a poor day for the team. It was our first double retirement for 34 races (Korean GP 2010), so clearly there’s work to be done. But we’re a very strong team and we’ve got some great people in it, and we’ll fight back. The company philosophy is win or nothing; we’ve had a few good wins this year and we need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.”
Within seconds of the start, Mark knew that he was in for a difficult race. He lost three positions on the run to the first corner, dropping him to 14th.
“We certainly ticked all the boxes in terms of not doing the job that we are normally capable of,” says Mark. “Our starts have been quite good this year, but it didn’t work out today. This was probably my worst start since Melbourne, so we need to look into why that was. I spent most of the first stint trying to get myself back into the race, and to make matters worse I lost radio contact at several points in the race. It was difficult to talk to the team.”
By two-thirds distance Mark had climbed up to eighth, but he had Michael Schumacher climbing all over him and in the end he let the seven-time champ through.
“I didn’t want to lose too much time with Michael, so I let him go,” says Mark. “The rear tyres were already finished by this point, but I had to keep pushing hard because Nico [Rosberg] was gaining quickly on a fresh set of boots.
“In the end I dropped it coming out of Ascari, which is quite a quick place to have a spin. But I managed to keep it out of the wall at the expense of the tyres. They were very heavily flat-spotted as a result, so I retired the car. They were square as a result of the flat-spots and I couldn’t see the track due to the vibrations. It’s also very easy to break the car like that at 320kph, which is why I retired.”
One high point for Mark at Monza was the performance of his protégé Mitch Evans in GP3. Four drivers entered the series finale with the chance of clinching the crown and it was Mitch who reigned supreme.
“I’m very proud of what Mitch has done,” says Mark. “He’s put together a very good campaign this year and GP3 is a very tough championship. There are a lot of good drivers in it, yet it was Mitch who had the most poles and the most wins of anyone. He’s learning all the time and I look forward to him moving up to another category next year and showing everyone what an exceptional talent he is.”
As for F1, that’s the European leg of the 2012 World Championship done. In two weeks time the teams head off to Singapore for round 14, where Mark will be hoping for a better weekend than at Monza.