Earlier today I gave you my prediction for the Italian Grand Prix, so how did I do?
Well, not so well! Two of my predicted top-three drivers made it onto the podium but not in the order I expected.
The truth was, the Brawn’s were on much better for than I think anyone expected. Their one-stop strategy really paid off big time (much more than other teams opting for a one-stop). It was a display similar to what we experienced every race at the start of the season. It showed us once again the master tactician that is Ross Brawn. Personally, I now can’t see the championship’s going anywhere but to Brawn.
But which Brawn driver will win? Barrichello now stands only 14 points behind Button. It’ll only take one DNF from the Brit to make the game, more or less, level again. Team Principle Ross Brawn says they’ll be allowed to race til the end, so we could still be in for a nailbiting conclusion to the season.
Just a quick note on Hamilton. I was most surprised to see him crash out at high speed on the final lap. The real question is why was he pushing so hard. I think it was fairly evident that he wouldn’t catch and pass Button before the end, so why risk it (an inevitably lose it) all on the final lap. It was a real shame after a hard worked weekend from Lewis, but I feel it will only help him mature more as a driver.
So that’s all for the Italian GP, quite an entertaining one as they go. I’ll be blogging about the Singapore GP in 2 weeks time, but before that, the Renault/Piquet court case in just over a week.
1. L. Hamilton
2. K. Raikkonen
3. J. Button
|1||Rubens Barrichello||Brawn GP||76:21.706||10|
|2||Jenson Button||Brawn GP||+2.80||8|
|4||Adrian Sutil||Force India||+31.10||5|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+85.50||1|
|10||Kazuki Nakajima||Williams||+1 lap||0|
|11||Timo Glock||Toyota||+1 lap||0|
|12||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren||+1 lap||0|
|13||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||0|
|14||Jarno Trulli||Toyota||+1 lap||0|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Renault||+1 lap||0|
|16||Nico Rosberg||Williams||+2 lap||0|
|Ret||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India||Retirement (lap 23) – technical failure||0|
|Ret||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||Retirement (lap 20) – mechanical failure||0|
|Ret||Robert Kubica||BMW-Sauber||Retirement (lap 16) – damage from earlier crash||0|
|Ret||Mark Webber||Red Bull||Retirement (lap 1) – crash||0|