• 2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes GP Race Report: Vettel Cruises to Victory, Schumacher claims 5th Place

      Vettel won Monza in dominate form and moved closer to securing his second driver's championship. Vettel is now ahead of Alonso by 112 points in the standing, just 13 points shy of securing the championship, which he could theortical win in the next race. The race start at Monza like every year did not disappoint, Alonso who started in 4th place stormed past the front 3 to take the lead before the first chicane, while Schumacher, starting 8th blitzed the pack and climbed to 4th place.

      Luzzi put two wheels on the grass heading in the chicane, lost control and slide into the pack, taking out Nico Rosberg and Renault's Petrov. The accident brought out the safety car for a few laps. At the restart Schumacher caught a napping Hamilton and took 3rd place. He managed to hold him off for a number of laps, this allowed Button to catch up and turn it into a three battle. Hamilton attempted to over take Schumacher on lap 16, but only to pushed off on the grass, allowing Button to pass Hamilton and then passing the Mercedes GP car at the final chicane.

      As the race went on the Merc car began to lose it's race pace, allowing Hamilton to make the pass, who began chasing Alonso. Hamilton in the end had to settle for forth place after running out of laps.

      Schumacher settled for 5th place ahead of Massa, who lost his front wing after a clash with RBR's Webber earlier in the race, and dropping down to 10th place. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, followed by Di Resta, Senna, and Buemi to round up the top 10.


      Michael Schumacher:

      Nico Rosberg:


      After the race, Ross could only describe Michaelís drive as



      Norbert described the first half of the race as probably one of the best television shows of the year:

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      This article was originally published in forum thread: Article: 2011 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Mercedes GP Qualifying Report: Vettel Dominates, Schumi 8th, Rosberg 9th started by Scourge82 View original post
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        Vettel won Monza in dominate form and moved closer to securing his second driver's championship. Vettel is now ahead of Alonso by 112 points in the standing, just 13 points shy of securing the championship, which he could theortical win in the next race. The race start at Monza like every year did not disappoint, Alonso who started in 4th place stormed past the front 3 to take the lead before the first chicane, while Schumacher, starting 8th blitzed the pack and climbed to 4th place.

        Luzzi put two wheels on the grass heading in the chicane, lost control and slide into the pack, taking out Nico Rosberg and Renault's Petrov. The accident brought out the safety car for a few laps. At the restart Schumacher caught a napping Hamilton and took 3rd place. He managed to hold him off for a number of laps, this allowed Button to catch up and turn it into a three battle. Hamilton attempted to over take Schumacher on lap 16, but only to pushed off on the grass, allowing Button to pass Hamilton and then passing the Mercedes GP car at the final chicane.

        As the race went on the Merc car began to lose it's race pace, allowing Hamilton to make the pass, who began chasing Alonso. Hamilton in the end had to settle for forth place after running out of laps.

        Schumacher settled for 5th place ahead of Massa, who lost his front wing after a clash with RBR's Webber earlier in the race, and dropping down to 10th place. Torro Rosso's Alguersuari finished 7th, followed by Di Resta, Senna, and Buemi to round up the top 10.


        Michael Schumacher:



        Nico Rosberg:




        After the race, Ross could only describe Michael’s drive as





        Norbert described the first half of the race as probably one of the best television shows of the year:



        Full Race Results






        Great work as always!

        Glad to see Schumi challenging like that, maybe he has something left?
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Great work as always!

        Glad to see Schumi challenging like that, maybe he has something left?
        I think he finally found his groove, it took a year and a half, but he did. Mercedes GP has improved alot since the beginning of the season, If they can maintain their race pace through out the race, the can challenge for the podium.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        I think he finally found his groove, it took a year and a half, but he did. Mercedes GP has improved alot since the beginning of the season, If they can maintain their race pace through out the race, the can challenge for the podium.
        I think we won't see too much more from them this season but it bodes well for the next.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Just a little bit of a rant.

        I'll get this out of the way first: Yes I know of the the one defensive move rule. I think it is dumb and takes away from the competition, but a rule is a rule.

        For those of you that watch F1 on BBC or frequent british F1 forums will know what I'm talking about. The british media is the most biased peice of crap, I've ever seen. The are all up in arms about how Schumacher held Hamilton at bay at Monza. Yes there was an instance where he pulled 2 defensive moves on Hamilton. But the stewards, saw that a warning was good enough and I agree he should have been penalized for it(still a dumb rule though). But if you read about it, they make it out to be that Michael was weaving in and out of the race line, forcing Hamilton onto the grass, blah, blah, blah. How come Button was able to pass him in half a lap, when the all mighty Hamilton couldn't do it in 29 laps. To me that was the best battle I have seen this year.

        But if you read the article, you'll see Button complaining, Mclaren complaining, the even say a race steward was angry that he wanted an investigation into, but was denied. Last I heard, stewards are the ones that review incidents and make judgments.

        I guess, in the end is what the hell happened to F1? It used to be a sport that showcased a driver's and car's abilities. Now it's all about trying to create a false sense of excitement, while Bernie runs laughing all the way to the bank.

        I miss the good old days of Senna vs Prost(the 2 greatest drivers), Schumacher vs Hakkinen.../rant
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        Just a little bit of a rant.

        I'll get this out of the way first: Yes I know of the the one defensive move rule. I think it is dumb and takes away from the competition, but a rule is a rule.

        For those of you that watch F1 on BBC or frequent british F1 forums will know what I'm talking about. The british media is the most biased peice of crap, I've ever seen. The are all up in arms about how Schumacher held Hamilton at bay at Monza. Yes there was an instance where he pulled 2 defensive moves on Hamilton. But the stewards, saw that a warning was good enough and I agree he should have been penalized for it(still a dumb rule though). But if you read about it, they make it out to be that Michael was weaving in and out of the race line, forcing Hamilton onto the grass, blah, blah, blah. How come Button was able to pass him in half a lap, when the all mighty Hamilton couldn't do it in 29 laps. To me that was the best battle I have seen this year.

        But if you read the article, you'll see Button complaining, Mclaren complaining, the even say a race steward was angry that he wanted an investigation into, but was denied. Last I heard, stewards are the ones that review incidents and make judgments.

        I guess, in the end is what the hell happened to F1? It used to be a sport that showcased a driver's and car's abilities. Now it's all about trying to create a false sense of excitement, while Bernie runs laughing all the way to the bank.

        I miss the good old days of Senna vs Prost(the 2 greatest drivers), Schumacher vs Hakkinen.../rant
        I don't get it, why can't you drive defensively?