NOTEBOOK – Italian Grand Prix – Review

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Nico Rosberg took victory from Lewis Hamilton after he made a bad start from pole at the Italian Grand Prix.

The start

Lewis Hamilton starts on pole but it Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel who get the better get away behind him. On the way down to Turn One you then see Kimi Raikkonen coming pass him as he just couldn’t regain some of the speed he lost.

Then he loses out to Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo turning into Turn One. It was a great start by Vettel also to get in between the two Mercedes to get passed Hamilton too.

Hamilton said “I don’t really know what happened at the start, though obviously I will try to understand it later. I did everything normal. But, yeah, it’s hard to overtake here.”

“Live to fight another day and you know a great audience here, as every year just an incredible crowd. A lot of Ferrari fans but also a lot of British flags were here today so I appreciate them coming out.”

Liberty Media

During today it’s emerged that the sport will be sold this week. Multiple sources are reporting that Liberty Media will buy a large stake in Formula One in for $8.4 million.

If the deal goes ahead this week the 35.5 percent stake currently held by CVC could be transferred to the company that runs the sport could be absorbed in to Liberty Media Group which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Some are saying it could lead to Berine Ecclestone leaving.

Liberty’s owner John Malone may want other people in charge of the sport, Ecclestone has insisted that the future is in his hands.

Ferrari – Strong race

Ferrari can be pleased (thou they won’t be) that they were ahead of Red Bull this weekend. I think that was the best they could do this weekend in Monza it was clear from practice they were unable to challenge Mercedes. Their target this weekend was to be ahead of Red Bull.

Part of Sebastian Vettel’s third place was Ferrari’s two stop strategy which helps him make his way to third. The team just didn’t have the speed to challenge the Mercedes like we have seen this season.


Felipe Nasr was retiring when he came in for that stop they realised they had a stop go penalty which they didn’t want to carry to Singapore. So they brought him in doing his pit stop to severe the stop go then sent him back out then retired his car.

Ricciardo v Bottas

Daniel Ricciardo started building his speed out of the Parabolica opening the DRS which gives him an extra bit of speed. He also had the slip stream from Bottas which helped even more. Goes to the inside gets alongside pushing Bottas onto the kerb then backs off because he’s lost the position.

Here’s Ricciardo on that fantastic move “I was pretty close to (Valtteri) Bottas in the middle of the race and knew I could race hard from that position. It was a really enjoyable overtake (on Bottas).”

“He is a fair racer and had seen me in the mirrors so I knew he wouldn’t turn in, so I had a go. It was great fun and felt nice to come from so far back and make it stick.”

Haas disappointment

We were thinking that Haas would follow their first top ten qualifying in the race try and cause a upset during the race. They would have loved to taken a decent result here because of the ties they have with Ferrari but they have bad downforce.

Esteban Gutierrez finishing ahead of Romain Grosjean has to be a personal victory as Grosjean has been out performing him this season. Gutierrez said  “It was a very disappointing start to the race losing a lot of positions. It was very tough to recover, but I did my best.”

“I struggled in the first stint with the overall pace, starting with the scrubbed tires from qualifying and fighting with people which were on new tires. It wasn’t very easy, but we kept ourselves together and pushed really hard to recover everything.”


After a long excited European season F1 heads to the east for some of the most difficult races. Singapore and Malaysia are very hot and will be demanding on the cars. Singapore is a street circuit which adds its own dramas. But, don’t expect rain in either races



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