Formula 1 – Italian GP Preview (with Video)


There are only 2 Grands Prix that never missed the F1 calendar – British and Italian. While the British GP changed the venues few times, all the Italian Grand Prix F1 races were held in Monza.

The Monza venue has 3 tracks – the current Grand Prix track, a junior track, and the old, historic high speed track with steep bankings – see the video in the article.

This is the full throttle high speed track due to its long straights and high speed corners. Cars run very little aero here, resulting in high speed but low aero grip. Several tragic accidents happened here in the past, Alberto Ascari, Jochen Rindt, Ronnie Peterson died here among others. The last fatality dates back to 2000 when a race marshal was killed by flying debris after a pile up in a chicane that was supposed to make the track safer. Several chicanes were added to slow the cars down at the most dangerous corners. Even this year after a pressure from the drivers a run-off area was added at the second chicane.

Monza is a home of Ferrari and Tifosi and they do make themselves home here. Only 4 times in past 10 years the race was won by a team other than Ferrari. In 2005, when Ferrari had a real dog of a car and could not even think of a podium, the honours went to J.P. Montoya in McLaren. He also won the race in 2001 in Williams-BMW. In the absence of Schumacher (broken leg) the 1999 race was won by Frentzen’s Jordan (check the sponsors on his overall, none of them is in F1 any more). The 1997 race went to David Coulthard in McLaren-Mercedes.

Monza was the venue where Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from F1 a year ago (overshadowing Kubica’s first podium).

Ferraris are always favourites here, but the tests last week show that McLaren will be a serious contender this time. BMW-Sauber should not be taken lightly as well. Kubica scored his first podium finish here last year and this low aero track may be the one where BMW can mount some serious challenge on the 2 leading teams.

Videos:
Preview by Sidepodcast.tv

F1 Italy Preview
Uploaded by sidepodcastING Race Index (click here)

Flying Lap with Felipe Massa

2006 Italian GP Highlights

2006 Press Conference with Schumi’s Announcement

Walk Around The Historical Steep Banking Track

Top 10 Finishers Of Past 10 Years:

2006
1)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:14:51.975
2)Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +8.0 sec
3)Robert Kubica – Sauber-BMW +26.4 sec
4)Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +32.0 sec
5)Jenson Button – Honda +32.6 sec
6)Rubens Barrichello – Honda +42.4 sec
7)Jarno Trulli – Toyota +44.6 sec
8)Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-BMW +45.3 sec
9)Felipe Massa – Ferrari +45.9 sec
10)Mark Webber – Williams-Cosworth +72.6 sec

2005
1)Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:14:28.659
2)Fernando Alonso – Renault +2.4 sec
3)Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +17.9 sec
4)Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +22.7 sec
5)Jarno Trulli – Toyota +33.7 sec
6)Ralf Schumacher – Toyota +43.9 sec
7)Antonio Pizzonia – Williams-BMW +44.6 sec
8)Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +63.6 sec
9)Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas +75.4 sec
10)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +96.0 sec

2004
1)Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 1:15:18.448
2)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +1.3 sec
3)Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +10.1 sec
4)Takuma Sato – BAR-Honda +15.3 sec
5)Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +32.3 sec
6)David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +33.4 sec
7)Antonio Pizzonia – Williams-BMW +33.7 sec
8)Giancarlo Fisichella – Sauber-Petronas +35.4 sec
9)Mark Webber – Jaguar-Cosworth +56.7 sec
10)Jarno Trulli – Renault +66.3 sec

2003
1)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:14:19.838
2)Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +5.2 sec
3)Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +11.8 sec
4)Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +12.8 sec
5)Marc Gene – Williams-BMW +27.8 sec
6)Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
7)Mark Webber – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
8)Fernando Alonso – Renault +1 Lap
9)Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
10)Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Ford +1 Lap

2002
1)Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 1:16’19.982
2)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +0.255s
3)Eddie Irvine – Jaguar-Cosworth +52.579s
4)Jarno Trulli – Renault +58.219s
5)Jenson Button – Renault +1’07.770s
6)Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1’08.491s
7)David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1’09.047s
8)Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Honda +1’10.891s
9)Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +1’21.068s
10)Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1’22.046s

2001
1)Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW – 1:16’58.493
2)Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +5.175
3)Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +17.335
4)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +24.991
5)Pedro de la Rosa – Jaguar-Cosworth +1’14.984
6)Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +1’22.469
7)Kimi Räikkönen – Sauber-Petronas +1’23.107
8)Jean Alesi – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap
9)Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
10)Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Renault +1 Lap

2000
1)Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:27’31.638
2)Mika Hakkinen – McLaren-Mercedes +3.810
3)Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +52.432
4)Jos Verstappen – Arrows-Supertec +59.938
5)Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1’07.426
6)Ricardo Zonta – BAR-Honda +1’09.293
7)Mika Salo – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
8)Pedro Diniz – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
9)Marc Gene – Minardi-Fondmetal +1 Lap
10)Gaston Mazzacane – Minardi-Fondmetal +1 Lap

1999
1)Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Jordan-Mugen-Honda – 1:17’02.923
2)Ralf Schumacher – Williams-Supertec +3.272
3)Mika Salo – Ferrari +11.932
4)Rubens Barrichello – Stewart-Ford +17.630
5)David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +18.142
6)Eddie Irvine – Ferrari +27.402
7)Alessandro Zanardi – Williams-Supertec +28.047
8)Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Supertec +41.797
9)Jean Alesi – Sauber-Petronas +42.198
10)Damon Hill – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +56.259

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