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Sep 08

Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix race report

Italian Grand Prix Formula One race report

Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Monza.

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Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix race results

Pos. Driver Team Gap Stops
01 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 53 laps – 1h18m33.352s 1
02 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +5.467 1
03 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault +6.350 1
04 Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.361 1
05 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari +10.355 1
06 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG +10.999 1
07 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari +32.329 1
08 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault +33.130 1
09 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG +33.527 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes +38.327 1
11 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault +38.695 2
12 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes +39.765 1
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari +40.880 1
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault +49.085 1
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault +56.827 1
16 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes +1 lap 2
17 Charles Pic Caterham Renault +1 lap 2
18 Giedo Van der Garde Caterham Renault +1 lap 2
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth +1 lap 1
20 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth +1 lap 1
21 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari DNF 0
22 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes DNF 0

 

 

Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing

ITALIAN GP – RACE

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: Pole Position

“It’s fantastic to win this event again. I just managed to make turn one! I locked the front right and it just didn’t seem to come back. I had a big flat spot, which I felt straight away and I wasn’t sure if the tyre would survive, but fortunately I managed to make it round and have a strong first stint. I pushed straight away to get a bit of a gap, in case we had to stop early and change to a two-stop strategy. We had a gearbox issue and I had to short shift, which meant we dropped some time in the straights – but I tried to make it up in the corners. It’s great to finish on the top step. The podium here is always very passionate. We are in Italy and when you walk around outside the track, you see Ferrari clothing and merchandise in all the shops starting from the smallest sizes upwards; it’s part of their DNA, which I understand. It was great for the Tifosi to have Fernando on the podium today. The season is going well and we’re pushing hard, but we take each race as it comes. We’re looking forward to Singapore next, which I want to finish; I think it’s the toughest race we have all year.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 2nd

“It’s a great place here and it’s very special to finish on the podium. It’s not the circuit where I’ve had the best results in the past, so it’s a bit of a personal best for me in qualifying and the race. I felt better on the soft tyres today; I had a good battle with Fernando, fair play to him on that and then afterwards I settled in to getting my head down and getting on with the race. We got Felipe on the stop, which was great. I was happy with my in-lap, the pit stop was great and then my out-lap was strong, so we cleared him reasonably comfortably. We had to nurse the gearbox a bit at the end, but overall it was a good result. Seb is very strong around here and it was great to get such a good result today.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A fantastic way to achieve our 40th victory and Sebastian’s 32nd. To win and finish third in Monza, which is one of the most historic events, is testimony to our strong team work today. It’s been a fantastic effort behind the scenes in preparation for this event. We had some issues that we had to manage during the race and the pit stops in particular were great and enabled Mark to get ahead of Felipe Massa. It’s very impressive how the whole team have all contributed to this fantastic result.”

THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “Everyone knows it’s special to win at Monza, but particularly for an engine manufacturer. It is the last time the V8s run round here so we are naturally over the moon to finish the era with a win and a podium today. I would like to thank everyone at Renault for getting the job done all weekend – first a 1-2 in qualifying and then both drivers on the podium at the end of the race. It shows the competitiveness of everyone at Renault and the Red Bull team and the strength of the partnership. Everyone pushed hard to get this fantastic result. A great race and a great day. “

source: Red Bull Racing, redbullracing.com

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Italian Grand Prix
Race
Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 2nd 1:18.38.819 + 5.467 53 1.26.797 52
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 27 New Hard
MASSA 4th 1:18.42.713 + 9.361 53 1.27.095 48
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 24 New Hard
Weather: air 26 °C, track 31/32 °C. Cloudy

Stefano Domenicali: “Today we fought with all the means at our disposal to try and stick with the race leader, but given Vettel’s performance, in the end we could not have done better than this. I send him my congratulations. We know we are up against very strong opponents, but I’m pleased to have seen Ferrari run competitively, being the only team that tried to put Red Bull under pressure. It’s normal to feel some regret, because here at Monza we wanted to repay our fans for their incredible support, which is a great incentive to never give up. The gap in the Drivers’ classification has grown, but in the Constructors’ we have managed to move up to second place. On top of that, there were four Ferrari engines in the top seven at the finish line, which is a very impressive result. Now we must maintain this current form and be ready to make the most of whatever opportunities arise, counting on reliability, which from now to the end of the season will play an important role, while also hoping for a bit of a good luck. Today, Fernando drove an impeccable race, during which he managed the pressure from Webber, who was very competitive and this second place is the result of his great tenacity. I am very a great pity for Felipe because he ran a great race, just missing out on a podium that he absolutely deserved. Looking ahead, Singapore will be important because it will reveal our level of competitiveness on a high downforce circuit: the outcome of that Grand Prix will also be decisive in helping us draw conclusions linked to the gradual changeover of our resources to the 2014 project. While we still have a mathematical chance this year, we will not slacken our efforts one iota”.

Fernando Alonso: “Stepping onto the Monza podium is always a special feeling, as it’s the only one where you can feel all the love that the fans have for the team and it’s the best prize at the end of what was an almost perfect weekend. ‘Almost’ because our championship rivals won and we send them our congratulations. We went well on both Friday and Saturday, getting both cars in the top five, but Red Bull was able to do better. When Vettel pitted, we were still doing green sector times and so we opted to lengthen the stint as much as possible, at least while Webber was not becoming a threat. That way, we could have tried to get Vettel on Hard tyres that were fresher by a few laps. We tried our best and even if we have to be realistic about our championship chances, as it’s not an easy task to close down a 53 point gap in the few remaining races, in Formula 1 anything can happen and we will believe in our chances all the way to the finish line in Brazil, always trying to give a hundred percent”. Felipe Massa: “I am very happy with my race, which went fantastically well right from the beginning, thanks to a nice start which moved me up two places. The pace was good on both compounds and we ran consistently throughout the whole race. It was a shame I lost the place to Webber at the pit stop, because today, the podium was within our grasp and it would have been brilliant to celebrate with our fans at our home race. Today, overtaking wasn’t easy, because, when you find yourself behind another car, especially in the second sector, you loose a lot of downforce. Overall, the weekend has been very positive for me and for the whole team. We brought home a good points haul, but we know we still have a lot of work to do if we want to improve. As far as that’s concerned, I will be doing my utmost right to the very end of the Championship”.

Pat Fry: “As is traditional here at Monza, we were expecting a very tough race and once again this year, it was extremely close fought from start to finish. It was not hard to interpret the race in terms of strategy, because right from Friday practice, the indications were that tyre degradation levels meant one stop would be enough. After one of his great starts that we have now grown to know, Felipe lost the place he had gained over Webber who, by bringing forward his pit stop, gained enough of an advantage to ensure his third place. From then on, the gap between the two was never less than a second, therefore Felipe wasn’t able to use the DRS to try and get closer. Fernando also got a great start and his passing move on Webber at the Roggia was the mark of a true champion. When Vettel came in, Fernando’s times were very competitive and that’s why we tried to delay our stop. We knew that on the Hard tyres our performance deficit would be higher than on the Mediums and we tried to exploit the fresher tyres for the final stages of the race. The European leg of the season has come to an end and now comes a final rush around the world during which we will try our hardest to continue to put our closest rivals under pressure”.

source: Scuderia Ferrari, ferrari.com

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

2013 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

“A very hard-won championship point”

JENSON BUTTON

  • MP4-28A-04
  • Started 9th
  • Finished 10th
  • Fastest lap 1m27.830s (+1.981s, 16th)
  • Pitstops One: lap 21 (2.86s) [Opt-Pri]
  • Points 48 (9th)

“I had a bad start when my clutch slipped, and I dropped a few places. That first stint was quite good fun, but, once I got stuck behind Daniel [Ricciardo], there was no way of getting past him.

“We didn’t get the gear ratios quite right today. Consequently, as our fuel loads decreased, and our cornering speeds should have increased, we were hampered by our rev-limiters, and that made it easier for the cars behind to overtake us and harder for us to overtake the cars ahead of us.

“In clear air, our pace was pretty good – but, with such a short top gear, especially with DRS deployed, we were hitting the rev-limiter while other cars weren’t being rev-limited.

“Moreover, about 15 laps from the end, I locked up into the first corner and severely flat-spotted my front-right tyre – I couldn’t really see a lot after that, because of vibration, but I still managed to bring it home and score a world championship point for the team.

“Finally, I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the guys in the garage today. They had to really work hard to repair my car’s fuel system before the race, in record time, and they pulled out all the stops to get it all done. It was touch-and-go for a while, but they responded really well and did an incredible job.

“In a tight spot, they’re the best guys out there – and, once again, they were faultless today.”

SERGIO PEREZ

  • MP4-28A-02
  • Started 8th
  • Finished 12th
  • Fastest lap 1m27.607s (+1.758s, 15th)
  • Pitstops One: lap 22 (4.29s) Opt-Pri]
  • Points 18 (12th)

“It was a disappointing afternoon, and I think we deserved more than that.

“I got hit from behind into Turn One and had to cut the chicane, unfortunately. Then, throughout the race, I was held up by Daniel’s Toro Rosso. My car was quicker overall, but its straight-line speed just wasn’t strong enough to get me up and alongside him to try a pass.

“We stopped one lap later than we’d planned, and I lost a position to Jenson when the stop didn’t go too well. From then on, I was stuck in a train of cars; and, without a straight-line speed advantage, I just couldn’t get past anyone.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Today’s race was a disappointing end to a frustrating weekend.

“Jenson lost a few places at the start, and thereafter spent most of the race stuck behind one of the Toro Rosso cars – as indeed did Checo.

“Had that not been the case, our cars would have been able to lap significantly faster than in fact they did. However, although as I say our cars were faster in terms of overall lap-time, their comparative lack of straight-line speed prevented Jenson and Checo from being able to pass the Toro Rossos in order to exploit that greater pace on a clear track.

“Jenson was mighty at the end of the race, however, holding off Kimi [Raikkonen] to retain 10th place by just three-tenths of a second at the chequered flag.

“Checo was unfortunate to finish only 12th – a slower-than-usual pitstop costing him track position through no fault of his own.

“All in all, I’d summarise our weekend by saying that we’ve come away with a very hard-won world championship point.”

source: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, mclaren.com

05 - Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Something More – Italian Grand Prix

Lotus F1 Team fought back from a disappointing qualifying session yesterday to show strong race pace, finishing the Italian Grand Prix in eighth and eleventh positions. After an eventful first corner, Kimi Räikkönen pitted for a new front nose cone and tyres whilst Romain Grosjean continued despite a rear-end onslaught from another car. Following his first lap pit stop, Kimi was the second fastest car through the race, with a determined drive including multiple fastest laps. Kimi finished in eleventh, hounding the McLaren of Jenson Button ahead, whilst Romain finished in eighth place, withstanding considerable pressure from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes behind. Kimi remains in fourth in the Drivers’ Championship on 134 points, with Lewis Hamilton ahead on 141 and Mark Webber behind on 130 points. The team remains in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship on 191 points from Ferrari’s 245 and well ahead of fifth-placed McLaren who have 66 points.

Kimi started from P11 with a new set of hard tyres, changing to new medium compound tyres on lap 1 where he also received a new front wing, and scrubbed medium tyres on lap 30.
Romain started from P13 on a new set of medium tyres, changing to a new set of hard compound tyres on lap 20.

Kimi Räikkönen, P11, E21-03

“We did a pretty good job.”

“When I lost the front wing I had to come in and change to a new one meaning an extra pit stop which we hadn’t planned. It’s not just the time in the pits, but you have to work your way through the field afterwards. We did a pretty good job of that and the car felt good, surprisingly good given where we were on Saturday. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do after the start to the race we had.”

Romain Grosjean, P8, E21-02

“We got the best result we could have done having started in P13.”

“It isn’t easy to follow another car with the aero configurations that we had for the race here but we got the best result we could have done having started in P13. Unfortunately we had a poor pit stop where we had an electronic problem and the light didn’t turn to green, so we lost a few seconds there. I think we could have come out in front of the two McLarens and the Toro Rosso, which would have made things a bit easier for a stronger result. I had a good battle with Lewis on the last lap. I think we did the best we could here in Monza and I hope that for Singapore we can get back to the level of performance that we had in Budapest.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal

“The positive from this weekend is that we showed fantastic race pace.”

“If you want to be competitive for the Championships you need to be able to fight every weekend at the front on Saturday as well as on Sunday. The positive from this weekend is that we showed fantastic race pace and both drivers drove exceptionally well. Romain withstood great pressure and performed great overtaking moves on both McLarens. Kimi fought back from a first lap incident in a superb display of his talents. The negative from this weekend is that we couldn’t qualify where we needed to be. The results at the end of the race aren’t rewarding for the team, but there are plenty of positives to take from the final European race of the season and we head to the final flyaway races with plenty of fight.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director

“We obviously will be dissecting where we lost the pace on Saturday.”

“Our damage was done yesterday by our poor qualifying positions. We actually had good race pace today and if you compare Kimi and Sebastian Vettel’s races, after Kimi’s first stop we only lost a second to Seb and we gained four seconds on Fernando [Alonso]. Seb won the race and Fernando finished second, so that gives an illustration of what could have been. We obviously will be dissecting where we lost the pace on Saturday and have some solace that we don’t visit another circuit of this level of downforce for the rest of the season as it certainly wasn’t beneficial for us in terms of qualifying. Starting where we did put us in the middle of the pack where incidents happen on the first lap and that was the case for both our drivers, but both made great recoveries.”

Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 Team Support Leader

“Monza is always a tough race for engines with a high percentage of the lap spent flat out. Today the race was even harder. Kimi’s early stop meant he went down the pack and had to fight to regain position. Fuel consumption was considerably higher than that expected as a result, so we had to manage the settings very carefully to give him the power he needed to fight without running dry. Sadly he missed the points by under a second – on the strength of his drive he really deserved it and the car had the pace to score. Romain did a great job to keep hold of eighth, which is a more representative indication of where we are this weekend.”

source: Lotus F1 Team, lotusrenaultgp.com

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

RACE

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in sixth and ninth places today.

Nico took P6 at the finish after running a one-stop strategy (option/prime), pitting on lap 26

At that stop, the team delivered the race’s fastest pit lane time of 24.079 seconds

Lewis suffered a slow right-front puncture on his first set of prime tyres that forced him to make an early stop on lap 13

This meant the team had to convert to a two-stop strategy and Lewis pitted again on lap 38, fitting options each time

On the charging drive that followed, he set the fastest lap of the race in 1:25.849 on lap 51 on his way to P9

His afternoon was further complicated by a total radio failure that meant he relied on his pit board for communication

A tough afternoon saw the team drop to P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, three points behind Ferrari

Driver Car No. Chassis No. Result / Fastest Lap

  • Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 P6 1:26.500
  • Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 P9 1:25.849
  • Weather Overcast
  • Temperatures Air: 25-26 °C Track: 31-33 °C

Nico Rosberg

This hasn’t been one of our best weekends and it feels like everything was a little compromised from the outset. It’s a real shame as the pace of the car looked really good in the race but we weren’t able to take full advantage because of the issues from yesterday. It’s so important here to feel comfortable with the set-up and I wasn’t able to get the car as I wanted after losing the time in third practice. I tried everything to overtake Nico for the extra place today but he was very quick at the end and it didn’t work out. Now we’ll look forward to Singapore in a couple of weeks. I love street circuits so hopefully that will be a better weekend for us.

Lewis Hamilton

That was a difficult weekend for me but these things happen and you have to say that it’s been a good year so far. I gave it my all out there today; the pace of the car was great but unfortunately we paid the price for not qualifying far enough up the field. My radio failed right at the start of the race and it’s really tough when that happens as you rely on the advice and information from the team to manage your race. I didn’t even know about the slow puncture until after the race so now it makes more sense why we had to make the extra stop. I did have some fun this afternoon, particularly fighting with Kimi. It’s just tough fighting so far down the field when our car was clearly really quick. We’ll keep pushing together as a team and I know that we’ll bounce back for Singapore. We’ll be giving it everything to make up for this weekend with a stronger performance there.

Ross Brawn

In the end, that was a frustrating race because we had a very quick car today. We can never be certain what Vettel’s ultimate pace could have been at the front of the field but we saw Fernando and Mark fighting hard for second place and our drivers were matching their pace all the time. Lewis’ slow puncture in his first stint obviously compromised his strategy by forcing us to make two stops. But he drove a fantastic fighting race, complicated by the radio failure, and got everything out of the car this afternoon to climb back to P9. With Nico, we have the frustration that he found himself stuck behind a slower car in terms of lap time that was too quick at the critical parts of the lap to be able to overtake. It’s a disappointing result and this weekend reminds us that we need to be on top of our game at all times if we want to maximise our potential. But this afternoon also suggested that we have a competitive car.

Toto Wolff

Our afternoon was compromised by our starting positions, which resulted from yesterday’s problems, and further difficulties in the race. Nico found himself stuck behind the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg and although we were quicker over the lap, we didn’t have the speed to make a pass when it counted. Lewis’ slow puncture forced him to make an extra pit stop. After that, he showed everybody just how quick the car was and that gave a glimpse of what might have been this afternoon. But we can’t take comfort from what might have been. The result was P6 and P9, well beneath the standards we set ourselves. We now need to focus on delivering on the car’s potential in the next races.

source: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, mercedes-gp.com

Sauber F1 Team logo

Sauber F1 Team

  • Italian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 8.9.2013
  • Weather: cloudy, 25-26°C air, 31-33°C track

The Sauber F1 Team was able to transform the good performance during practice and qualifying for the Italian GP into the best result of the 2013 season so far. Nico Hülkenberg finished fifth, gaining ten championship points in the process. He managed a faultless performance while under pressure from Nico Rosberg for quite a few laps. Esteban Gutiérrez, who started 16th, was held back several times and finished 13th. During the race, the improvements on the car translated into a result for the first time, which is positive looking ahead to the up coming Grands Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg: 5th

  • Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
  • Start on medium tyres, after 24 laps change to hard tyres

“It’s a great result and, after yesterday, another great performance by the team today. I am very happy and fifth was the ideal result. Despite starting third, it was always clear keeping the Ferrari and Red Bulls behind was not realistic. I lost two places right at the start, but then the pace was good and, especially towards the end, I was able to catch up quite a bit again. I kept the Mercedes behind with Nico leaving no room for me making any mistakes. It’s a very nice result for the team, and finally we have some points again. I hope this will give us some momentum, so we can carry this form on to the next couple of races.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 13th

  • Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
  • Start on hard tyres, after 27 laps change to medium

“The start of the race was quite reasonable. I gained one place, but the first corner was tricky. It was important to keep the car together. I was able to settle down well during the first few laps. I was trying to manage the tyres as best I could, but, of course, you can’t compromise too much. Overall, it was a good race. Obviously, we cannot be happy, because it’s not a great result. However, the race was positive. Now we have to improve in qualifying, so we can start in a better position. I’m confident we will get there.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:

“We are happy about such a great result. Nico fought hard and drove a fantastic race. The crew did a great job as well today. Esteban was held up several times and thus lost the chance to score points. Overall, however, he drove yet again a very strong race and showed he is constantly improving. We are pleased to see that, for the first time, the result reflects us making a step forward with the development of the car. A big thank you to the race team here in Monza and the team back in Hinwil.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:

“After the rain during the lap to the grid, the race settled in to being dry. It’s a fantastic result for Nico, who withstood pressure from Nico Rosberg throughout, and didn’t put a foot wrong. Finally he was rewarded for the fantastic job he did yesterday. Esteban was unlucky with traffic, but again showed strong race pace. It was clear that it would be difficult from P16. On this track our car’s race pace was stronger than in recent races and that should put a smile on a lot of faces here and in Hinwil.”

source: Sauber F1 Team, sauberf1team.com

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sahara Force India F1 Team

2013 Formula 1 Gran Premio D’Italia, Race Report

It was a tough day for Sahara Force India with points being out of reach for Adrian Sutil despite a very strong drive. Suffering from brake issues, he retired on the penultimate lap to be classified P16. Paul Di Resta retired on lap one after contact at the second chicane.

P16 Adrian Sutil VJM06-03

  • Tyre strategy: Used Medium, New Hard

Adrian: “A tough race today and in the end we had to retire the car because of issues with the brakes. I tried my best and I don’t think we could have delivered any more because I was on the limit throughout the race. The pit stop was good, but the team had to hold me on the exit because Maldonado was coming in, which meant I lost a position to Gutierrez. I was able to pass him again on the track, but there were some quick cars [Kimi and Lewis] with fresher tyres and there was no way to hold them off. Points were not too far away, but overall we didn’t have the pace this weekend.”

DNF Paul Di Resta VJM06-04

  • Tyre strategy: Used medium

Paul: “It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today. I just got caught out going into the second chicane because the cars ahead of me got backed up – I guess they were reacting to the tussle going on ahead of them. I locked both fronts trying to stop the car and ended up hitting Grosjean. Unfortunately it was too late to take avoiding action. Now we need to look forward to Singapore and put this one behind us.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director

“We leave Monza empty-handed after a difficult weekend. We’ve struggled for pace and had our share of misfortune. Paul’s race was over on lap one after contact with Grosjean at the second chicane, which was very disappointing. Adrian had a better start, made up some ground and moved onto the tail of the top ten. He drove a strong race with a great overtaking move on Gutierrez, but was missing the speed to fight for points. In the closing laps we were forced to retire the car with concerns over the brakes. It’s clear we need to recapture the form we showed before the summer break if we are to continue fighting for fifth in the constructors’ championship.”

source: Sahara Force India F1 Team, forceindiaf1.com

09 - Williams F1

Williams F1

Italian GP Race

Race Notes

  • Pastor Maldonado finished 14th and Valtteri Bottas 15th in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
  • Both drivers had a consistent race but unfortunately there wasn’t enough pace in the car to challenge the top ten.
  • The team will now regroup and aim to improve the car performance as we head into the flyaway races.

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: There was some risk of light rain during the race but we thought we would be able to stay on dry tyres so opted to start both cars on the medium compound tyres. We were aiming to achieve a one-stop strategy with both cars following the pace we saw on Friday. Our strategy and tyre management went as planned but we just didn’t have enough pace to challenge the cars in front. We now go from a circuit with the lowest downforce level to one with the highest downforce level in Singapore, so it’s a completely different challenge and we hope to perform better there.

Pastor Maldonado: It was a poor race for us from the beginning because of losing a couple of positions at the start which were then hard to recover. There was little pace from the car, I think we did quite well on the strategy but whatever we did today it was not enough to recover places. It was a disappointing race but I am looking forward to the next one.

Valtteri Bottas: I maintained my position at the start but from the first few laps I couldn’t really challenge any of the cars ahead as we just didn’t have the race pace today. It was good that we were able to do our planned one-stop, but most of the others did this as well. I’m now looking forward to Singapore; it’s a new track for me so I hope we can do better there.

Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: Together we expect more than 14th and 15th so we can’t be satisfied with today. That said, we do expect our relative level of performance to be higher in Singapore where the tight corners will play more to the strengths of the car. There should be a better chance to finish in, or closer to the points, than we could do today.

Track Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
 
Race length 53 laps, 306.720 kms / 190.58 miles
 
Weather Warm and dry
Temperatures Air: 25 – 26°C Track: 31 – 33°C

 

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME/GAP GRID PITSTOPS
1
 
S Vettel
 
Red Bull Racing
 
1:18:33.352 (1:27.190, 12th) 1 1 (23)
 
2 F Alonso
 
Ferrari + 5.467 (1:26.797, 5th) 5 1 (27)
 
3
 
M Webber
 
Red Bull Racing
 
+ 6.350 (1:26.690, 3rd) 2 1 (23)
14 P Maldonado
 
Williams F1 Team
 
+ 49.085 (1:26.981, 7th) 14 1 (24)
15 V Bottas
 
Williams F1 Team
 
+ 56.827 (1:27.166, 11th) 18 1 (25)

source: Williams F1, williamsf1.com

Scuderia Toro Rosso logo

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)

  • Race
  • Position: 7th

“I am pleased with that! After qualifying well yesterday, it was nice to maintain that position at the end of today. In recent races where we have managed to qualify in the top ten, we didn’t have the pace to stay there in the race, but today we did. I think I got the most out of the car, managing to keep the guys behind me and the low downforce set –up certainly helped us down the straights. The others got close to me in the second sector, but I was able to pull away once we got to the high speed sections, which we knew from yesterday would be our strong point. We must keep pushing hard on the car development for the next few races, because hopefully, a top five finish is not too far away.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)

  • Race
  • Position: DNF

“Everything was going well, I wasn’t actually in a battle at the time and was conserving my tyres and controlling Button behind me quite easily. Then I felt something was wrong and had to stop at the side of the track. I said on the radio I thought the engine had gone, but actually it was still running and it seems I had some sort of transmission problem. A real shame, especially as I knew my final stint on the Hard tyre would be even stronger. I would definitely have finished quite high up in the points as the guys ahead were not pulling away from me. I seem to be suffering a lot of bad luck this season, but I keep believing the turning point will come soon.”

Franz Tost: “An excellent performance from Daniel and the entire team resulted in us finishing a well deserved seventh at one of the most famous races on the calendar, which also happens to be our home grand prix. With Daniel, our race ran to plan, although in the early stages we had some concerns about whether tyre degradation would allow us to run our one-stop strategy, but it actually worked out fine. He did a great job of maintaining his position, while looking after his tyres. His afternoon was complicated by the fact he was hardly ever in a position to use DRS, except when coming up behind backmarkers, while the cars behind him were able to use it and close right up to him. As for Jean-Eric, it was a real shame that he again had some bad luck. Having made a good start, he too was holding position but had to retire with a transmission problem, the cause of which we now need to investigate.”

source: Scuderia Toro Rosso, tororosso.com

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Italian Grand Prix 2013

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Weather
Race: Overcast, dry; air temp 26° / track temp 31° (start), 26° / 32° (lap 26), 26° / 33° (lap 53)

Runplan
Charles Pic
Start on medium tyres
Lap 17: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 38: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Finished: 17th  

Giedo van der Garde
Start on medium tyres
Lap 18: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 39: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Finished 18th  

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “My start was good and I held position into turn one and was up with Bottas and pushing to keep pace with him. Up to the first pitstop I was just about keeping him range but then in the second stint he was a lot quicker and I simply didn’t have the pace to fight with him. The car felt ok, the first set of tyres worked pretty well and we stuck to the strategy, coming in for the first stop on lap 17.

“We went onto the primes for the second and third stints and, honestly, from the time I rejoined the track after the first stop the rest of the race was pretty quiet for me. When the blue flags started coming out we had to manage the traffic and that obviously cost us more time, but our pace meant we were able to cover off our nearest competitors one–stop strategy and that was a the main target today.

“We’ve shown over the last few races that we definitely have a pace advantage over them, and we have enough races left to keep fighting for tenth place in the championship. Next we go to Singapore which is going to be an incredibly busy race off-track, and on track I think our car will be suited to the heat and layout of the track. After a quiet race today it’ll be good to have a few more battles!”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “After good starts for most of the season I have to say this wasn’t one of my best, but I overtook the Marussia halfway through lap one and was up with Charles until he pitted for the first time. I came in a lap later and with a new set of hard tyres the car felt good – my pace was on target and I was easily able to pull away from the cars behind and push on to Charles.

“We were running a two stop strategy and I came in for the second stop when I was given the command to box. There was a communication mistake on the pitwall and when I came in the guys weren’t ready for me which obviously cost me a lot of time and I came out behind Bianchi, but I passed him pretty quickly and set about trying to catch my teammate. It’s a shame as my pace in the second stint was really good and I’d have had a chance to pass Charles, but sometimes these things happen – that’s racing.”

source: Team Caterham, caterhamf1.com

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TOUGH CHASE

  • Formula 1™ Gran Premio D’Italia 2013 – The Race
  • Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy
  • Sunday 8 September 2013
  • BIANCHI MR02-02 P19 1:29.595
  • CHILTON MR02-03 P20 1:29.491

The Marussia F1 Team’s Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton ended today’s 53 lap Formula 1™ Gran Premio D’Italia 2013 in 19th and 20th positions. After a disappointing qualifying yesterday, the pair were pinning their hopes on the MR02’s race pace but despite strong drives from both they were unable to displace their nearest rivals at the final European race of the season.

Jules and Max started the race from 21st and 22nd on the grid and ran the first stint on the Medium tyre. They made one stop each, switching to the Hard tyre on race laps 22 and 23 respectively.

Jules Bianchi #22

“I was really pleased with my start as I got ahead of both Caterhams into the first corner. Unfortunately our early pace was not sufficient to hold them off and they regained position by the end of the first lap. In the first stint we had started to make some good progress and were catching them but after the pit stop the balance was not there and we struggled on the Hard tyre, dropping back from them again. We were on a one stop, Caterham on two, and I was able to move up to P18 and keep van der Garde behind for a while, but not long enough unfortunately and it was especially tough to make any progress during the blue flag phase. It is a shame I could not have a strong race today at a track I love, but on to Singapore now, which I am really looking forward to.”

Max Chilton #23

“Another tough race today and one which underlined the balance problems we’ve been experiencing all weekend. The start was okay but we weren’t able to keep pace with the competition today. What I was encouraged by was my pace versus my team-mate – there was nothing between us for the first 25 laps but every time I got close enough to overtake I lost downforce, so I couldn’t do anything to improve. I kept with him throughout the rest of the race, despite experiencing the toughest blue flag phase of the season, when it was really hard to make sure I gave the space needed at the right time and not suffer a huge loss of time myself. Time now to say goodbye to the European phase of my debut season for what will be a very challenging run of long-haul races I think.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“Coming into the race today we had quite a bit to contend with. The weather in the half hour prior to going to the grid was very mixed and deciding which tyres to start on was tricky. In the end we gave the drivers a compare between intermediate and the dry tyres in case we experienced further rain before the start of the race. In the end the weather held off for the rest of the race and we were able to run to our planned strategy of a one-stop race. We’ve seen very good levels of degradation on our car all weekend, which is an improvement over the last few races and the work we have done in this area has paid off to allow us to complete a one-stop race versus Caterham’s two-stop. Unfortunately we still didn’t quite have the pace we needed to finish in front of them but it was very close with van der Garde at the end. In the dying stages we were getting very low on fuel and given that we had tried to race van der Garde as hard as we could, we had to dramatically slow the pace on the last three laps to ensure we could make it to the flag.”

source: Marussia F1 Team, marussiavirginracing.com

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2013 Italian Grand Prix – Race

VETTEL DOMINATES PIRELLI’S HOME RACE WITH ONE-STOP STRATEGY

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has clinched his 32nd career victory at the Italian Grand Prix, Pirelli’s home race and the fastest circuit of the year. Vettel’s third win at Monza makes him draw level with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in overall Formula One race victories, with both drivers having won 32 races apiece.

Starting from pole position, 26-year-old Vettel took his dominant victory with a one-stop strategy and now extends his championship advantage to 53 points over Alonso. Alonso also used a one-stop strategy to boost himself from fifth on the grid to second at the end of the race, having started on the P Zero White medium tyre and then switching to the P Zero Orange hard tyre on lap 27.

The race started in ambient temperatures of 26 degrees and despite some drops of rain which fell just before the drivers went out on the grid, conditions remained dry for the full 53 laps. All the drivers started on the medium tyre, apart from the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez who opted to start the race on the hard compound.

The first of the front runners to make a scheduled stop was Lotus’s Romain Grosjean on lap 20, swapping to hard compounds which soon proved to be the popular choice. Race leader Vettel pitted from the lead three laps later, also fitting hards which he ran to the chequered flag.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “With some light rain 30 minutes before the race, some of the cars went onto the grid with the Green intermediates but as the rain subsided we saw the majority of drivers start the race on the mediums. This was a straight-forward one-stop race with no degradation and many cars set their fastest laps towards the end of the race. Any strategy would have been dependant – as always – on a number of factors, but as the rain held off, Vettel’s decision to start on the mediums with one stop to change to the hards proved a winning combination. Monza is a big test for the tyres with the surface temperature of the tyres heating up to 130 degrees Celsius as the cars exit La Roggia but the tyres coped well with the demands for the whole weekend. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans here this weekend – as always the atmosphere is electric at this circuit and we are truly proud to call this our home race.”

Fastest times of the day by compound:

   Medium  Hard Intermediate Wet
First  HAM – 1.25.849  ROS – 1.26.500 N/A N/A
Second  RAI – 1.26.948  WEB – 1.26.690 N/A N/A
Third  GUT – 1.27.092  HUL – 1.26.716 N/A N/A

Longest stint of the race:

Medium  29 laps  Raikkonen (Lotus) 
Hard  33 laps   Grosjean (Lotus) 
Intermediate N/A N/A
Wet N/A N/A

Truth-O-Meter:

We said that a one-stop strategy was likely to be the fastest strategy for the 53 laps of Monza providing it stayed dry for the duration of the race. When starting on the medium, we suggested changing to the hard on lap 25 and then running to the end. This was almost exactly what race winner Vettel did as he started on the mediums, pitted on lap 23 to change to the hards and then ran to the end to take the win.

2013 Italian Grand Prix – Starting tyre line-up

At the 2013 Italian Grand Prix the drivers started on the following tyres:

 Vettel Medium
 Webber Medium
 Hulkenberg Medium 
 Massa Medium
 Alonso Medium
 Rosberg Medium
 Ricciardo Medium
 Perez Medium
 Button Medium
 Vergne Medium 
 Raikkonen Hard 
 Hamilton Hard 
 Grosjean Medium 
 Maldonado Medium 
 Di Resta Medium 
 Gutierrez Hard 
 Sutil Medium 
 Bottas Medium 
 Van der Garde Medium 
 Pic Medium 
 Bianchi Medium 
 Chilton Medium

source: Pirelli, pirelli.com

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Maiden Monza Podium for Mark

 

Mark scored his best result at Monza in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. He came home third, less than one second behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and got to stand on one of the noisiest podiums on the Formula One calendar.

“It was a great way to end the European season,” says Mark. “The podium at Monza hangs out over the start-finish straight and you have a sea of fans – most of them waving red flags – underneath, extending all the way down to the first chicane. Actually, there was a bit of booing because Seb [Vettel] had won, which I didn’t like, but this race is one of the signature events on the calendar and it was great to experience the podium there.”

As for Mark’s race, he started second on the grid and made a much better start than at Spa-Francorchamps last time out. But he slipped to third place on the opening lap, behind team-mate Vettel and the fast-starting Ferrari of Felipe Massa. He then got embroiled in a thrilling dice with Alonso on lap two.

“I braked pretty deep into the second chicane,” says Mark. “But so did Fernando and he’d already pulled alongside me through Curva Grande and the chess match was over at that point pretty much. We touched and I had a bit of front wing damage for the remainder of the race, but it didn’t seem to affect the performance of the car too much because I was very comfortable on the hard tyre at the end of the race.”

A brilliant piece of teamwork at Mark’s only pitstop of the race, on lap 23, helped him to pass Massa and get that final podium position. Mark drove a brilliant in-lap and despite stopping just after Vettel, he didn’t lose any time. The two pitstops were 2.6s and 2.7s.

“That pitstop sequence was very satisfying for the whole team,” says Mark. “I did my bit in the cockpit and the guys did a fantastic job with the tyres. In the end I got ahead of Felipe quite easily, which was great.”

Mark was quickly onto the gearbox of second-placed Alonso, but it was his own gearbox that prevented him from mounting a serious challenge on the Ferrari driver. He had to short-shift in second gear, which affected his exit from the slow chicanes.

“I had to nurse the car in the closing laps,” says Mark. “That was a bit frustrating because I was happy with my tyres and was in a good rhythm. But it was important to get to the end of the race and I did what was necessary. All in all, it’s been a good weekend for myself and the team. Thank you Monza.”

The next race on the calendar is the night race in Singapore, on 22 September.

source: markwebber.com