The European leg of the season ends this weekend and where better place than the home of Ferrari, Monza. If Alonso is going to start chopping into Vettel’s lead, this is where it will happen! Let’s take a quick look back to a disappointing Spa and offer some predictions for Sunday.

F1: Italian Grand Prix Preview

Spa F1 Recap

After all the anticipation following the summer break and the hype surrounding Spa it was unfortunately a rather dull race. Qualifying had extra excitement with rain involved and as expected, Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole position although his car was not the quickest in dry conditions. After an eventful first lap with Vettel overtaking Hamilton for the lead and Alonso making his usual great start accompanied by Webber’s poor start, the race kind of settled down despite the mixed up grid. Alonso was able to catch and pass Hamilton with ease but unable to pressure Vettel which made it a trademark win for the German.

Italian Grand Prix Preview

Monza is a super high speed track that gets the driver’s adrenaline pumping and is always hugely popular with a sea of red supporting the Italian Ferrari team. Every move Alonso makes will be followed by a huge cheer and he will be looking to get his title challenge back on track here with a solid qualifying and his usual strong race. With Monza being a similar high speed, low downforce circuit to Spa we can expect Red Bull to be strong as always and Vettel to be favourite for the race. Mercedes have a revised low downforce wing configuration for Monza and they will be hoping that it will bring them closer to both Red Bull and Ferrari in the dry. I can’t see any other cars challenging for the win or even the podium at the moment although Raikkonen is the most likely candidate.

Daniel Ricciardo has been announced as Mark Webber’s successor in Red Bull for next season so with his race seat now open for 2014, we may see quite a few driver announcements over the weekend and in the next few weeks.

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Race Predictions

  1. Fernando Alonso
  2. Sebastian Vettel
  3. Lewis Hamilton
  4. Mark Webber
  5. Nico Rosberg

I am going for the same top five which finished at Spa although I think Fernando might be able to get a win in Italy. I expect a much closer race than Spa with Alonso qualifying on the front 2 rows and able to have a go at both Hamilton and Vettel from the start as they will most likely secure the front row again.

The italian Grand Prix is live on both the BBC and Sky, here are the times:

Qualifying – Green light – 13:00
BBC 1 – 12:10 – 14:35
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:35

Race – Lights out – 13:00
BBC 1 – 12:10 – 15:15
Sky F1 – 11:30 – 16:15

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