Sep 9

Monza Performance Was Incredible, Says Horner

Monza Was Incredible Performance, Says Horner

Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza (Photo: Getty Images)

Christian Horner says that his Red Bull team did an “incredible job” to deal with tire and gearbox issues during what looked from the outside like a straightforward win for Sebastian Vettel in Monza.

Vettel made his life harder in the first stint by flat spotting a front tire at Turn One, and later there were concerns about the gearbox. It says a lot that the German only set the 12th fastest lap as he nursed the car home – and for once he didn’t try to add to his tally in the record books.

Sep 8

Live Updates! Sunday F1 Italian GP Coverage

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Vettel beats gearbox worries to win at Monza

Sebastian Vettel may have made victory in the Italian GP look easy, but in fact the German had to overcome serious concerns about the Red Bull gearbox.

Both drivers were allowed by the FIA to change their fifth, sixth and seventh gears before the race after a reliability problem was flagged up, and in the race both were told to shift early in order to save their equipment. Despite that Vettel stayed safely ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Sep 8

Webber Fights Through Adversity To Secure Italian GP Podium

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Mark Webber overcame front wing damage and gearbox concerns to take third place in Monza, having pushed Fernando Alonso all the way to the flag.

Webber damaged his wing when passed by Alonso early in the race, but he gained a place back when he passed Felipe Massa at the pit stops.

A gearbox oil pressure issue caused the team to tell him to shift early to protect his equipment, but there were no further problems.

“It was good to have a clean weekend from start to finish and then fight for top positions, which was certainly the case today,” said Webber. “The start was pretty good but both Sebastian and I, I think, compared to the Ferraris, were not as strong off the line.

Sep 8

Second At Monza Keeps Alonso In Title Fight

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Fernando Alonso kept himself in the frame for the World Championship by finishing second in Monza, and while he lost another seven points to winner Sebastian Vettel, he has now pulled clear of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think the weekend we took the maximum from the car,” said Alonso. “Practice was OK, and we learnt some good information Friday. Saturday it was very good, both cars in the top five. I think the last time was Malaysia this year, so a very, very long time, so we were very, very happy.

Sep 7

Live Updates! Saturday F1 Italian GP On-Site Coverage

Fernando Alonso. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso. (Photo: Getty Images)

IT’S BACK! Italian GP RaceCast featuring live practice, qualifying and race updates!
 Alonso happy despite being beaten by Massa

Fernando Alonso insists that he’s happy with how qualifying unfolded in Monza, despite being beaten by teammate Felipe Massa.

The two Ferraris tried to coordinate a tow to help the Spaniard, and while he complained initially on the radio that the Brazilian was too far ahead, he said that in the end it had worked out. Alonso will start fifth, right behind Massa.

Fernando was clearly annoyed that a negative radio message, made when the plan for a tow appeared to been unraveling, had been played on TV.