Formula Racing

Italian GP Race

The Italian Grand Prix completed the European leg of this year's Formula One calendar. Coming to the home of Ferrari at Monza, Italy, there was no doubt where the fans' support lied during the course of weekend. Even though the race had the McLarens at P1 & P2, Felipe Massa who has otherwise had a poor season thus far had given the fans of the red machines a reason to cheer.

Mclaren's Lewis Hamilton who was out to prove a point after last week's unfortunate accident with Grosjean at the Belgium GP, had a nearly perfect race as he held on to his P1 position from start to finish; in which he remained cool, calm and composed through the length of the 5.79 kms, 53 laps of the fastest of the F1 circuits. The second place on the podium was occupied by the highly motivated Sergio Perez who started from the 13th place on the grid on his Sauber. A great race at Ferrari's home circuit can well see him get all the crowd support in the seasons to come where, as the speculations go, he can be steering behind the Ferrari's wheel. Rounding of the final position on the podium was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who gained 7 places through the course of the grueling race to finish 3rd and extend his championship points lead gap to 37 points over his immediate challenger.

Meanwhile, the Force India cars had a mixed weekend, wherein they had good qualifying rounds only to be marred by the gearbox change penalty in Di Resta's car. The cars showed great straight line speed on the Monza track which offered ample opportunities for these cars to showcase this attribute. However, the race saw Hulkenberg start from the back end of the grid and come up a few notches up before retiring 3 laps prior to the end of race. Paul Di Resta however had a competitive race and managed to finish 8th and pocket in 4 points from the race. The lone Indian driver, Narain Karthikeyan who for the first time this season out-paced his co-driver in the qualifying session finished 19th in his HRT F1 team.

The standings for the race are as follows:

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren): A great start and a cool & calm head under the helmet was what the doctor ordered for the former World Champion who maintained the numero uno position from start to finish. A fantastic 24th lap single pits-stop helped him to lead through the race by a good 13 seconds until a brilliant run by Sergio Perez narrowed the gap sufficiently towards the end of the race. On the whole, an error free race for this British driver.

Sergio Perez (Sauber): An average qualifying session with a 13th place start on the grid was converted to a fantastic race by this Mexican driver who started off the race on hard tyres and following a one-stop strategy, his Sauber moved on to the medium tyres post which there was no looking back. Managing to out-speed the others by over a second a lap, Perez showed he has arrived at the big stage by grabbing his 3rd podium finish for the season.

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): Starting 10th on the grid after a poor qualifying session, Alonso made up for it after cashing in on the great straight line speed and was soon in the reckoning for the top 5 finish. An aggressive race in the middle laps, saw him have a great duel with Vettel and soon he would overtake his team mate by making a good use of the DRS for a podium finish.

Felipe Massa (Ferrari): Ferrari had a good race on the home circuit with a 3-4 finish to the race. Massa had a great start to the race overtaking Jenson Button at the beginning only to be overtaken by him again in the 14th lap. However, with Button retiring and a composed driving, Massa must be relieved to be among the points.

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus): Kimi 'The Ice man' Raikkonen struggled in the initial parts of the race due to the car's tyres and slow straight line speed. However, he overcame all the shortcomings of his Lotus by his great experience when he pipped the likes of Schumacher and Rosberg to claim the 5th position for the race and 3rd in the overall standings.

Michael Schumacher (Mercedes): A good qualifying session was backed by a good race that saw the 7 time World champion finish the race smoothly ahead of his team mate in the other Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): Rosberg, who started 6th on the grid didn't have a good start to the race as he struggled with his tyres and lost many places before getting into the pits. Post that the race saw an altogether different race by him as he managed to set the fastest lap of the race a couple of times and shared an interesting battle between his team mate and Raikkonen.

Paul Di Resta (Force India): Following a five places drop in the starting line-up due to an unscheduled gearbox change, Di Resta lost pace in the early part of the race, but soon gained the control and drove with great panache to finish 8th and amongst the points for Force India.

Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber): Going for a single stop strategy, Kobayashi had a decent race but had to give up an aggressive run in order to preserve the tyres towards the end.

Bruno Senna (Williams): Like most of the drivers, the start wasn't very good for Bruno, but composed driving saw him finish with a point after having slid down to the 17th place at the start.

Pastor Maldonado (Williams): Carrying a penalty dropping five places on the grid for a jump start and another five for causing a collision in the previous race, Maldonado started off on the hard tyres but had to make a quick pit stop to come to the medium tyres.

Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso): Starting 15th on the grid Ricciardo had a good run where he battled with Senna, Di Resta and Maldondo for the points until towards the end of the race where the other drivers managed to overtake him.

Jerome D'Ambrosio (Lotus): Substitute driver in place of Sebastian Grosjean who faced a one-match ban for causing the collision at Circuit de Spa, D'Ambrosio qualified 16th and managed to finish the race in 13th position. This would have been a good experience for this Belgian driver.

Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham): Starting 18th on the grid, the Finn finished the race ahead of his team mate Petrov.

Vitaly Petrov (Caterham): The Russian started and ended his race behind his team mate in the other Caterham, without much drama during his race.

Charles Pic (Marussia): A 21st place start was converted into a 16th place finish ahead of his team mate.

Timo Glock (Marussia): Glock has managed to get consistent results at the back end of the list of drivers and a 17th place finish confirms this.

Pedro de la Rosa (HRT): Starting behind his team-mate, he managed to overtake Karthikeyan post the pit stops to finish ahead of him.

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT): After no results in the last two races, it was speculated that the first ever Chinese driver in Ma Qinghua would start in place of Karthikeyan. However, it was a decent qualifying session for Karthikeyan who was faster than his team mate and managed to finish the race.

Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing): Red Bull Racing team must have been aware that the Italian Grand Prix wasn't where they would finish in the top three due to a slow straight line speed, which was a potent tool for the race here. However, a top 10 finish would have been good enough but was marred by the mechanical problems 2 laps short of the race. (Did Not Finish)

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India): Starting at the far end of the grid, Hulkenberg had a good start to the race where he overtook the cars in front and moved up to 15th place. However, due to braking problem because of the nature of the circuit, he was forced to drive back his car to the garage in the 52nd lap. (Did Not Finish)

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing): Making most of the good start, Vettel was going good at the beginning of the race but struggled due to the slow straight line speed of the Red Bull car. Forced to take a drive through penalty for forcing Alonso wide on Curva Grandes, he tried to get back into the race but was undone by the mechanical failure. (Did Not Finish)

Jenson Button (McLaren): Hoping for a 1-2 finish in Ferrari's backyard, the two McLarens were on course for the expected result. However, there was drama in store for Button as his car suffered a fuel system failure in the 32nd lap of the race leaving Hamilton to grab all the points for McLaren and closing in the gap on the RBR for constructors' championship. (Did Not Finish)

Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso): During the 8th lap of the Italian GP, the STR of the French driver seemed to have broken the car's rear suspension and spun off the track. Fortunately, there were no mishaps during the event. (Did Not Finish)

Next up we move from the European circuit to the Asia-Pacific region where the tremendous night race at Singapore awaits us on the 23rd of September. Till then watch out for this space.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes