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Italian Grand Prix Preview

9 - 11 September 2011

Venue: Monza
Circuit Length: 5.793 Km
Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:21.046 = 257.320 km/h R. Barrichello (Ferrari) 2004

‘La pista magica’: that’s what the locals call Monza, created in 1922 and this weekend the setting for the Italian GP for the 61st time.

It’s the fastest track on the calendar: four places where they exceed 320 km/h, qualifying laps at over 250 average and a fastest race lap nearing that 250 mark.

“The car feels completely different,” says Monza winner and F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello – he says it’s like having a 3-litre V10 dropped in!

Fernando Alonso earned his place in Italian hearts with victory for Ferrari last year, adding pole position and fastest lap for the coveted ‘hat-trick’ and calls it “a very special race for every driver”.

The only other member of the ‘Big Five’ to have won here is Sebastian Vettel, who claimed his first pole and victory in his 22nd outing when with Toro Rosso in 2008.

It is also the final European race of the year before six consecutive ‘fly-aways’.


2010 Results

Pole Position:

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:21.962 = 254.444 km/h

1st: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2nd: Jenson Button (McLaren)
3rd: Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

Fastest Lap:
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:24.139 = 247.861 km/h

Webber Watch

2002 (Minardi) Q 19 / R dnf
2003 (Jaguar) Q 11 / R 7
2004 (Jaguar) Q 12 / R 9
2005 (Williams) Q 14 / R 14
2006 (Williams) Q 19 / R 10
2007 (Red Bull) Q 11 / R 9
2008 (Red Bull) Q 3 / R 8
2009 (Red Bull) Q 10 / R dnf
2010 (Red Bull) Q 4 / R 6

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