Here are the results of round 14 of the prediction game. Sorry for the delay but as I was traveling and doing my best to keep away from computers. The highest score of this round belongs to Clive Einkamerer and OliOlifant – impressive 22 points !
The Italian GP is on this weekend, the last European race of the 2010 season. Time for round 14 of our prediction game.
2010 Italian GP starts on Sunday September 12 at 2pm local time.
The predictions have to be placed before the start of the qualifying session (Saturday September 11, 2pm local time). Predictions can be changed, amended, there is no limit on the number of changes as long as they are made before the start of the qualifying. Predictions that arrive after the start of qualifying will not count.
Rubens Barrichello - Winner of 2009 Italian GP
Rubens Barrichello won the 2009 Italian GP, his second win of the season. Jenson Button finished second, Kimi Raikkonen 3rd, Adrian Sutil 4th. Rubens Barrichello cut 2 more points from Buttons lead, he is now 14 points behind Jenson Button.
This was first Brawn GP 1-2 since Monaco, their 4th of the season. This is the 4th consecutive podium for Kimi Raikkonen, while Jenson Button scored his first podium since his win in Turkey.
The race finished behind the safety car after Lewis Hamilton crashed out on the last lap throwing away 3rd place. It was another bad day in office for Red Bull. Mark Webber crashed out on lap one, Sebastian Vettel only managed one point for 8th place. It looks like the Red Bull title challenge is over …
2009 Italian GP top 3 qualifiers
The post qualifying weights for Italian GP have been released by FIA. The drivers on the front row, Hamilton and Sutil, are the lightest ones in the field. They will probably make their first pit stops around lap 15. Kovalainen, Barrichello, Button, Webber and Vettel carry quite heavy fuel loads and may go for around 10-12 laps longer than Hamilton and Sutil. It is wide open race but Kovalainen’s combination of grid position, KERS and heavy fuel does look quit good for the race …
Lewis Hamilton on pole in Monza
Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian GP from the pole position. For the second race in a row Force India car will start from front row – P2 for Sutil. Behind them will line up Raikkonen, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Button, Liuzzi, Alonso, Vettel and Webber. Looking at the times in Q2 and Q3 it looks like Brawns and Red Bull are quite heavy on fuel.
Adrian Sutil fastest again
Adrian Sutil was fastest also in the final practice for the 2009 Italian GP, 0.068 ahead of Jenson Button and 0.154s ahead of Nick Heidfeld. Brawn GP and Force India look good for Italian GP – Barrichello finished the Saturday practice in 4th and Vitantonio Liuzzi 7th. McLarens will probably also fancy their chances this weekend. It does not look too good for Red Bull, both Vettel and Webber were about 2s off the pace this morning. It is interesting that the top 4 cars in this session have no KERS …
Giancarlo Fisichella lost some valuable track time after crashing into the barriers on the exit from Parabolica. His session lasted only about 30 minutes.
This weekend Giancarlo Fisichella is appearing for the first time in Ferrari colours, Vitantonio Liuzzi is back racing. Here are the pictures of the helmets these two Italian drivers are sporting this weekend at the Italian GP at Monza (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images).
Both drivers chose the colours of the Italian flag. Liuzzi’s helmet (same as in 2007 click here) is painted in red on one side, green on the other .
Adrian Sutil fastest in free practice 2
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were fastest in the first practice for the 2009 Italian GP at Monza. Adrian Sutil was 3rd fastest keeping the Force India yet again at the front end of the pack. It was not too bad Ferrari debut for Giancarlo Fisichella. After lacking some pace early on in the session he ended up with 8th fastest time with more less identical time as Kimi Raikkonen.
The Italian GP weekend is just around corner and so is also the round 13 of 2009 prediction game. This is the 4th race in a row that will feature some drivers changes. Giancarlo Fisichella will replace Luca Badoer in Ferrari and Vitantonio Liuzzi will take over Fisichella’s car in Force India.
Renault has decided to bring KERS back for the Monza race. That means there will be 6 KERS cars on the grid this weekend. It will be KERS racing debut for Fisichella and Grosjean. KERS cars are set to gain about 0.25 sec a lap in race conditions and as much as 0.6 sec a lap in qualifying. The Spa surprise packages of Force India and BMW Sauber are expected to do well again at Monza. The championship contenders Red Bull and Brawn will also want to pick up some serious points.
Back to business for Vitantonio Liuzzi
It is back to business for Vitantonio Liuzzi. As expected Force India F1 decided to promote their third driver to racing duties. Vitantonio Liuzzi will be taking over the car no 21 from Giancarlo Fisichella for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season. The Italian GP will be Liuzzi’s first race since 2007 Brazilian GP (with Toro Rosso).
Here is another F1 Quiz. This week the topic is the Italian GP.
You know the drill. Complete all 10 questions, afterwards all the answers will be revealed. As usual please no googling for answers .
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