Italian GP: practice

Right then, lets see if we can’t put this Lewis business behind us for a bit and focus on this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza. (For those who can’t let it go, McLaren will be heard by the FIA on September 22nd with regards to ‘that’ controversial punishment.)

Second free practice was awesome to watch, with the McLarens and Ferraris looking predictably quick. However Robert Kubica’s BMW topped the time sheet for much of the afternoon, before Kimi stamped his mark towards the end of the session.

Kimi, incidentally, is definitely staying on at Ferrari until 2010 – so Alonso to Honda for next year and then on to Ferrari when Kimi steps aside?

Keeping the BMW’s end up, Nick Heidfeld was third, Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren fourth and Williams’ Nico Rosberg fifth.

Poor old Nelson Piquet had an embarrassing moment when he managed to beach his Renault on a huge bump on the outside of turn one. Not cool.

He was also the slowest runner of the day. New driver in at Renault next season? I’d think it likely.

So, we all know you can’t take too much from a free practice session but come on, who’s your money on for the win on Sunday?

Chuck in what you think the grid will be after quali tomorrow too while you’re at it.

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Just to clarify,I read on the offical F1 site that Kimi signed for 2009 AND 2010 with Ferrari.I would be surprised to see Alonso going to Honda for 2 years unless they could give him a competitive car straight away.So,it looks like BMW could be a real possibility…this is intrigueing…Alonso in a beemer?!

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Lewis will bugger up an overtaking move at a chicane and get another penalty.

Why? Because he is cocky, stupid and over confident and won’t learn from his mistakes at chicanes twice this year.

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all i can say is good luck to hamilton… you;d better learn from your mistakes… if he wins this one then it will stick it to the critics

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In would like to see sutil in top five because he’s just had such an unlucky season and he deserves it and it it doesn’t rain, then realistically, hamilton on pole folloewd by 2 ferrari’s and then kovalinen.

HAMITON FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!

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Having just rain wont put Sutil in the top 10. Changing race conditions from wet to dry and dry to wet, along with the odd safety car would give him his best chance. I’d like to see him in a more competitive car myself, because he looks a very good driver, albeit with the odd mistake.

I could honestly see Alonso at Honda next year. They’ve been focused solely on their 2009 car since about the third race because they were so far behind. The question is which driver to Honda get rid of ? It’d be the same at BMW, which driver to swap for Alonso ! Kubica has raw pace, and Heidfeld has a knack of being in the right time at the right place and is very good at running long stints. I feel sorry for Piquet, hes had a decent debut season. Quite similar to Kovalainen, but then Kovalainen was in a Renault team with Fisichella who was rather poor. Piquet however, has been overshadowed by Alonso, whos really had the car on the limit all season. I’d fancy Vettel in a Ferrari or one of the other frontrunners within a year or two, unless Red Bull become brilliant next year.

I’d say Massa or Kimi on top. BMW will have the third row if Heidfeld performs in qualifying. The Toro Rosso’s will be high again due to their horsepower advantage on the long straights (like all Ferrari engines at the moment). McLaren will be close to Ferrari and Renault will struggle. If its wet things should be a bit closer, otherwise it should be a win for the cars in red.

Or, everyone will crash out except the Force India’s so they can cruise around and get a 1-2 :P

We can dream ^^

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…Stig…are you on drugs?

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Massa will win. I can see Raikkonen 2nd and a fight between two of the biggest stars of the future, Kubica and Hamilton for 3rd, abit like Spain this year. Kubica has a smart helmet. If heidfeld is good on long runs, he could try a one stop as it almost worked for Kimi last year. Vettel could be bestof the rest and Red Bull and Renault could surprise a few by going out in the first session.

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QUALI 1;
16th Coulthard
17th Button
18th Fisichella
19th Piquet
20th Nakajima

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QUALI 2
11th Webber
12th Trulli
13th Glock
14th Barrichello
15th Sutil

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TOP TEN SHOOTOUT

1 Massa
2 Kubica
3 Raikkonen
4 Hamilton
5 Kovaleinen
6 Vettel
7 Heidfeld
8 Bourdais
9 Alonso
10 Rosberg

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BMW Sauber brought some new packages to Monza aswell so that’s why they are closer than usual.

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stig is a druggy cos he has no hands and has a gravitational field around his scrotum

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Prancing horses all the way!! Wheeeee…..

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kubica might have a shot, but i’d like to see kimi on the top of the podium again

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I’m just looking forward to another battle of the titans Lewis & Kimi.

Hopefully won by Kimi this time, I admid :-)

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Glorious was what Alonso told an interviewer in italian at the very end of saturday practice. Question was: “Fernando, why is Lewis still running on the flooded track?”. Fernando: “Well, he’s got balls, hasn’t he?”

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