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Mark Webber, is he leaving?

14 Apr

Today following the Chinese GP rumours burst out alluding to the idea of Mark Webber joining Porsche next season. Lets look deeper into it and find out some more information.

So what is the rumour exactly?

Well it was broken by @F1Kate almost immediately following the race saying “Don’t know if this has done the rounds on Twitter yet, but the talk in China is that Webbo has signed a 5-year sportscar deal with Porsche.”

So what evidence is there for this happening?

Well on the face of it it appeared to be just another F1 rumour, a bit early for the silly season but that wasn’t seen as a problem. It wasn’t until @GTPorsche, the twitter account of a monthly Porsche magazine that it started to look true, they tweeted:

  • “To clarify, our sources tell us Mark Webber has agreed a 5 year deal to race for Porsche – not us, we’re a mag – in its LMP1 car from 2014”
  • This was met with scepticism:
  • “And yet you clearly haven’t checked if your ‘sources’ are reliable! Just let me ask this; what sort of magazine are you? Geez…”
  • But then @GTPorsche replied:
  • “we’re a mag with a very good source and have sat on the story until the F1 paddock started talking about it this morning,”

I don’t know about you but to me that pretty much says he’s definitely moving.

Wow, so what is the LMP1?

The LMP1 is Porsche’s attempt to return to the WEC (world endurance cars)  and so is therefore a Le Mans car, Porsche will start showcasing the LMP1 mid 2013 with it’s racing debut in 2014. This would make the signing of Mark Webber a massive coo for the team and will get it some good publicity.

For more info on the LMP1 go here!

What do you think caused this move?

Well Webber isn’t a young driver and it’s been a regular feature of the season for everyone to expect his retirement over the last few years, but also he hasn’t had much support from Red Bull recently, they sided with Vettel in the Malaysia incident then there has also been the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP and the incident  at the 2010 British GP when he wasn’t given the latest updates to the car.

So who do you expect to replace him at Red Bull?

Well lots of names have been mentioned: Kimi Raikkonen has recently had a lot of rumours around him about a move to Red Bull; also there’s the Toro Rosso due of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo; Red Bull’s newest protege Antonio Felix Da Costa and Nico Hulkenburg’s name has also been bandied around.

Of those I’d say the favourites were Raikkonen and Ricciardo, Raikkonen is quicker, but he would also want equal treatment with Vettel. Whilst Ricciardo isn’t as quick at the moment but he may have the potential, also he’ll be more willing to move in as a definite number 2.

But of course since this hasn’t been confirmed it could still be a rumour, this isn’t likely but there is still a chance.

Vettel wins in Malaysia but not through fair play

24 Mar

Good Day, Bad Day, Malaysia 13.

Good Day:

Nico Hulkenburg: Q12 F8 8/10 – In a race full of errors Hulkenburg stood as a driver who – apart from the pit stop incident – refused to put a foot wrong, he showed he can start well, overtake and hold off guys in stronger cars. Hulkenburg is a fan of races where the surface is changing – as we saw in Brazil last year – and although the Sauber isn’t the most competitive car on track Hulkenburg’s talented enough to take it beyond it’s potential.

McLaren: 7/10 – This weekend signified a improvement for McLaren with Button fighting for 5th before the retirement and both cars making it into Q3. Having said this McLaren aren’t back yet, rain is good at evening out the field – if you want proof look at last season’s Malaysian GP won by Alonso – and both Button and Perez are better than average in the wet so the hard work isn’t over yet.

Jules Bianchi: Q19 F13 8/10 – Bianchi performed well on his debut and he’s continued in Malaysia yet again showing why he’s part of Ferrari’s development scheme, whilst the cameras were on the leaders Bianchi was working hard yet again, he was strong in qualifying (only a few tenths off the Williams in front) and maintained that today consistently setting fast lap times, with Bianchi Marussia should have a promising year.

Bad Day:

Red Bull: 7/10 – It’s going to take one hell of a diplomat to sort out this mess, if you missed the incident I’ll quickly paraphrase it for you: both cars had pitter for the last time and Webber was ahead of Vettel in a Red Bull 1-2, Horner told them to not race and to continue in those positions to the end of the race, Vettel then overtook. This led to the frostiest podium since Hockenheim 2010 and whilst in post race interviews Vettel did say he was sorry and didn’t mean too you’d have to be a Red Bull employer to swallow that, if he was sorry why didn’t he just give the place back? Apart from that though they did have a good race and looked strong throughout.

Nico Rosberg: Q6 F4 7/10 – Rosberg drove well today he was always on (or setting) the pace and showed Mercedes that he’s as good as Hamilton, despite this Mercedes also tried some team strategy today, this time telling the faster Rosberg to stay behind the fuel conserving Hamilton. Rosberg will fell aggrieved at that but his ability to follow team orders has brought him a lot respect from F1 fans (Vettel take note).

Fernando Alonso: Q3 F n/a 3/10 – It looked promising for Alonso this morning, he had a quick car, he’s a good starter and Malaysia has a long run to turn 1 but then it all went wrong, problems started at turn 2 when his tyres locked up and he gave Vettel a little shunt, this broke one of the columns supporting the front wing leaving him lacking downforce, but then the decision was taken by Ferrari not to being him in for a change of front wing (reason for this is probably that they wanted him to come in once it was time for slicks) and Alonso pretty much immediately ran over his front-wing (which lost him all control of the car) and beached it.

Kimi Raikkonen: Q10 F7 5/10 – After his phenomenal performance last week in Australia this race was a bit of a disaster he was penalised for blocking in Q3 yesterday and was pretty lack lustre today, if Raikkonen is to become a double world champion this year he needs more of what he did in Australia and less of what he did today.

Force India: 4/10: To say Force India were awful at pit stops today would be putting under-egging it they had a disaster every time one of their cars stopped, first they double stacked (where both cars come in at the same time) and sadly the rear left of Sutil (the first car in) refused to budge which meant the stop took an extra 16 seconds than normal, this also delayed Di Resta the 2nd car in the stack. Then when Di Resta came in for his second it took 2 minutes to remove the front left, and the for Sutil’s second stop they couldn’t remove the front left. Needless to say neither of them made it to the end.

Max Chilton: Q21 F16 6/10 – Whilst team mate Bianchi stars in the Marussia looks average at best, this is the second race where Chilton has been thoroughly out shone by Bianchi and if this is how he continues he could find himself back in GP2 next season, Daddy’s millions may have got him to the grid but remaining there is a problem that rests on Max’s shoulders.

Gardening spices up the Korean GP

14 Oct

“here’s how the grid will start it is WEB VET HAM ALO RAI MAS GRO HUL ROS MSC BUT PER KOB DIR MAL RIC VER SEN PET KOV PIC GLO DLR KAR” 6:54 @Formula1Formula

“the only penalty is a 10 place grid penalty for Pic for an unscheduled engine change, he moves from 21st to 24th” 6:55 @Formula1Formula

“Top 10 all on super soft, soft tyre for Button, Perez, Kobayashi, Di Resta and Vergne” 7:01 @JackLeslieF1

“Button has made a poor start and has dropped to the rear of the field. He may have made contact with another car.” 7:07 @autosportlive

“Good morning. What a start. Nice three way fight for the lead all the day into Turn 3. Good start as usual for the Ferraris” 7:09 @LiteralF1

“Off the start, Vettel just swung it wide, leaving Webber no space and forcing his teammate to give up the lead” 7:10 @RichlandF1

“lap standings are: VET WEB ALO HAM MAS RAI HUL GRO PER MSC DIR SEN MAL VER RIC KOV PET GLO DLR KAR PIC KOB and retirements for ROS and BUT” 7:11 @formula1formula

“Drive-through penalty for Kobayashi for causing a collision.” 7:17 @F1TimesLive (this is for causing the collision with Button on lap 1).

“Slow clap around the circuit as, 9 laps later, Rosberg’s car is finally moved.” @f1paddockonline

“L14 Hamilton pits from fourth.” 7:27 @f1fanaticlive

“KOB and DLR retired… In a distinctly boring fashion… So not even any excitement from the newest retirements… **Double Yawn**” 7:38 @IrvineF1

“Grosjean v Maldonado. Hold on to your hats everybody.” 7:39 @f1paddockonline

“Massa overtakes Hamilton to give Ferrari 3rd and 4th” 7:42 @formula1formula

“Hamilton’s only been on these tyres for 9 laps so for them to be significantly graining shows Hamilton has been driving too aggressively” 7:44 @formula1formula

“Dear GP2 & upcoming drivers: Watch Lewis vs Kimi on track. THAT is how champions race. No contact, no kamikazi moves, great reactions” 7:50 @literalF1

“Vettel overshoots his braking zone, locks the front right massively and is told to “box”” 8:06 @Formula1_com

“Cue all the ‘Alonso, Massa is faster than you’ jokes.” 8:11 @fakewhitmarsh

“Hulkenberg passes Hamilton and Grosjean!” 8:14 @Formula1_com

“with less than 10 laps to go the standings are: VET WEB ALO MAS RAI HUL GRO VER HAM DIR PER SCH MAL SEN KOV PET GLO PIC KAR” 8:26 @formula1formula

“the most exciting thing to happen last lap is the view of the astroturf being dug up by the cars as they go over it” 8:33 @formula1formula

“Hamilton has a stream of astro-turf hanging off his car which isn’t helping his aero at all.” 8:37 @F1TimesLive

“It’s over. Vettel makes it and Psy waves the flag (altho looking somewhat baffled. No Gangnam Style there)” 8:42 @easonF1

“driver of the day is going to be Hulkenburg as he was the only driver to pull an exciting overtaking move to finish 6th” 8:43 @formula1formula

“top 10 finish as VET WEB ALO MAS RAI HUL GRO VER RIC HAM” 8:43 @formula1formula

VETTEL CRUISES TO VICTORY AMIDST OPENING ‘NUTCASE’ CRASH

8 Oct

The Michael Report- 2012 FORMULA ONE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

SEBASTIAN Vettel has made Suzuka one of ‘his’ circuits- he has achieved pole position on the last four consecutive occasions, and has won three of them. However, this time around, the Championship has not settled, and the margins between the top two have closed significantly, and this race could perhaps prove a turning point for some of the contenders.

It was a typical Vettel race- pole position and after the lights went out the Red Bull stormed off and was not to be seen until the car pitted for tyres, and then until the chequered flag dropped. Twenty five points were awarded to the current World Champion, and every last point counts in this crucial point in the season, and an exciting start to the race ruined Fernando Alonso’s chance of increasing his lead.

Immediately after the chequered flag dropped, the cars raced forward into the crucial, narrow first corner, where position is crucial. Cars scrapped for the best line, and  light contact came between Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, leading to a small puncture that sent Alonso spinning off the track, dust flying everywhere, but most importantly out of the race, and no points. After this incident, “first lap nutcase” (according to Webber) Romain Grosjean was concentrating on Sauber’s Perez overtaking him, and carelessly crashed into Mark Webber, then subsequently Nico Rosberg was crashed into by an erratic Bruno Senna! Grosjean- in his seventh first lap incident- was given a 10 second stop-go penalty, and Senna a drive-through penalty for causing their collisions.

To make matters worse for Webber, the safety car retired just one lap later while Webber was still in the pits, leaving him with a huge time gap to chase down. Webber was furious, but nursed his tyres excellently to race right up through the pack to ninth place, where two points were just a small consolation for a difficult race for him.

The drivers who benefited considerably from the opening incident were Felipe Massa and the McLaren drivers. Apparently Massa used to win Grands Prix and stand on the podiums in the past, and he actually performed very well today, and his Ferrari management will be hoping for second places and podiums to continue if they want to keep him at the team. Massa looked elated to receive his first trophy in two years, and eighteen points, and frankly he deserved it after sensible driving quick pit stops and fending off Kobayashi.

Kobayashi’s third place and first F1 podium was like winning the race to him in front of the partisan crowds, and he- and Sauber- clearly loved the atmosphere in Japan earlier today. Fifteen points could indicate that the young Japanese driver’s place at Sauber is a little more secure than rumours suggested prior to the race. Kobayashi did well to fend off Jenson Button, who narrowly missed out on a podium in fourth place. Martin Whitmarsh should also be pleased with two McLaren finishes- twelve points to Button and ten to Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth from starting in ninth. His driving was very passive; even Perez overtook him at the hairpin that Hamilton could easily defend against (but later Perez went off at the hairpin whilst trying to pass Hamilton for the second time), However, ten points is better than none and he must ensure high place finished in order to catch the leaders with five races to go.

Kimi Raikkönen finished sixth for Lotus, earning eight points, and Force India should be pleased with Nico Hulkenberg, who managed to finish seventh – he will be pleased with the extra points (six from today); Pastor Maldonado earned points today for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix- he finished eighth and earned four points; the final point was awarded to Daniel Ricciardo in tenth place for Toro Rosso. In his final Japanese Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher agonisingly missed out on points, finishing eleventh.

It was an easy victory for Vettel, and the first back to back victory this year, but with five Grands Prix to go, there are still 125 points up for grabs, all it could take is 1 mistake to lost the championship, but as the paddock pack up and fly to Korea for next week, I have a feeling that Formula One in 2012 could go down to the wire.

OFFICIAL STANDINGS UPDATE

Fernando Alonso must be feeling bitter if he looks at the Driver’s Championship, as his lead has been reduced to just four points. He remains on 194 points, with Sebastian Vettel breathing down his neck with 190 points. Kimi Raikkönen has retained third place, increasing his points tally to 157, just five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s score of 152. Two strong races for Hamilton or Raikkönen and disasters for Vettel or Alonso could still see a McLaren Champion or even a Champion who hasn’t even won a race yet- an F1 first.

Fifth and sixth place are separated by a mere three points, with Mark Webber on 134 points and Jenson Button on 131 points. Although mathematically possible for either driver to gain victory, realistically their chances are very slim indeed. Both Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean remain in seventh and eighth place with 93 and 82 points respectively. Felipe Massa has moved into ninth place 69 points, and Sergio Perez has dropped to tenth with 60 points.

Concerning Constructors, Red Bull have now amassed 324 points, now 41 points clear of McLaren with 283 points, who are ahead of Ferrari by 20 points- Scuderia have 263 points. Lotus have a secure fourth place with 239 points, but Sauber are catching Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 team remain on 136 points, and Sauber are only 20 points behind on 116 points and in sixth place. Force India are seventh with 81 points, Williams are eighth with 58 points and Toro Rosso have increased their tally by one point to 15. Marussia remain tenth despite not scoring, and Caterham and HRT remain at the bottom.

As F1 heads to Korea I will be back next week for another update as the season draws to a close, and the Championships draw tighter and closer together. Who will win? No-one can yet put their hands firmly around the Championship trophy but Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkönen and Alonso will all be hoping for a disaster free race- it will be a tense, crucial and exciting race.

HAMILTON’S STUBBORN GEARBOX ALLOWS THE RETURN OF ‘THE FINGER’

24 Sep

The Michael Report- 2012 FORMULA ONE SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

ONE THOUSAND and six hundred lights surround the Marina Bay in Singapore, guiding the F1 drivers around the tight and twisting streets under the moon’s gaze in F1’s only night time race, and it delivered a spectacular race yet again.

Lewis Hamilton’s race began very strongly, and his stunning pace demonstrated his careful manner around the Singaporean streets, but unfortunately, we were denied a good old scrap for first between Hamilton and Vettel. This was due to the fact he had to retire with a gearbox failure, and had to coast solemnly into the corner of the race track, his chances ruined today, and also providing a significant dint to his overall standings at this crucial stage of the season- all hopes for McLaren will now be pointing to Japan, and they will be praying for a disaster free couple of Grands Prix if they have any chance of reining in Alonso or Vettel.

Today’s race was dedicated to the life of the late Professor Sidney Watkins OBE, who revolutionised safety in the sport, and if it weren’t for his developments, racing here would have been impossible.

On the 39th anniversary of the first deployment of a Formula One safety car, it was only fitting that we should see not one, but two safety cars in the race, the first one following Narain Karthikeyan’s trip into a wall in a tight part of the circuit; the racers managed to close down the leaders so much so that after the restart, Jenson Button nearly collided into the back of Vettel’s car as the safety car was making its way back into the pits, and moments later, Michael Schumacher underestimated Jean Eric Vergne’s racing line into one of the corners, and subsequently careered into the back of the Frenchman’s car, causing the safety car drivers to have another spin on the track.

The near misses and unlucky moments seemed to come thick and fast following the second restart: Pastor Maldonado suffered misfortune as a hydraulic problem forced an early, yet undeserved retirement- the Venezuelan had excellent driving form and I expect that he will be disappointed with another pointless finish. Bruno Senna’s run of bad luck continued after losing power just before the end of the race, and a very poor pit stop by Vitaly Petrov saw him finish almost three whole laps behind the rest of the field.

Action further up the field wasn’t missing either- both Saubers, Nico Hulkenberg and Mark Webber jostled for position and their battle saw car body parts flying all over the track, and Felipe Massa wasn’t short of near misses, either- whilst trying to overtake Bruno Senna (before he retired) the Ferrari came within millimetres of damaging a bridge that was over a century old, and risked damaging both cars in the process- brave, courageous driving, but it eventually paid off.

The race was scheduled to last for sixty one laps, but since the safety car slowed down proceedings in an already long race, the two hour time limit elapsed, and when Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line on the fifty ninth lap, the chequered flag was flown and twenty five points were awarded to the German- the ‘finger’ got its second 2012 outing- its first since Bahrain- nevertheless Christian Horner needed something to smile about as these points put Vettel comfortably back in contention for the Driver’s Championship. McLaren received some consolation, as Jenson Button received eighteen points for finishing second, and Fernando Alonso completed the podium earning fifteen more points to add to his tally.

Paul Di Resta did Force India proud with his best ever finish- fourth place should put a huge smile on the young Scot’s face as twelve points were much deserved and a good sign that he has a good future ahead of him. Nico Rosberg avoided the same fate of his German team mate and received ten points for fifth place, with Kimi Raikkönen receiving eight points in sixth place followed closely behind by team mate Grosjean in seventh place with six points. Felipe Massa avoided more near misses to take eighth place and four points followed by a deserving Toro Rosso in ninth place- Daniel Ricciardo did well to earn two points for his team, and Mark Webber earned he final point in tenth place.

It is also worth noting that Marussia’s Timo Glock finished in a very respectable twelfth place, and although no points were scored, the team are now statistically the best of three “back marker” teams; Sauber were very disappointed with their performance today- neither driver finished in the points after looking so good in Monza two weeks ago.

The fly away action continues next fortnight in Japan and McLaren will be hoping that both drivers will have an excellent performance without any mishaps as the season begins to draw to a close, but with everything still all to play for.

OFFICIAL STANDINGS UPDATE

There are six drivers with more than 100 points in the Driver’s Championships. Leading the way is Fernando Alonso with 194 points- if he keeps scoring good points, he might just hang on to the lead by Brazil, yet any DNF’s will be devastating, and something that all drivers will be hoping to avoid. Sebastian Vettel has re- taken second place with 165 points, followed by Kimi Raikkönen in third with 149 points and Hamilton has stayed on 142 points, dropping two places since Monza. Fifth place belongs to Mark Webber with 133 points to his name, whilst Jenson Button completes the top six with 119 points. Nico Rosberg is seventh with 93 points, and Romain Grosjean’s return has seen him score more points, taking his tally to 82.

In the Constructor’s Championships, Red Bull have increased their lead to 298 points, 37 points of McLaren’s 261 points in second. Ferrari remain third, with 245 points, and Lotus follow closely behind with 231 points. Nearly 100 points separate fourth and fifth, with Mercedes in fifth with 136 points. Sauber remain in sixth place, staying with 100 points. Paul Di Resta’s superb performance has seen Force India’s points tally increase to 75, remaining in seventh. Williams are eighth with 54 points, 40 points clear of Toro Rosso in ninth and 14 points. Although still yet to score, Marussia are statistically ahead of Caterham in tenth place, and HRT, as ever, bring up the rear in twelfth.

I will be back in 2 week’s time with another update, as Formula One returns to Suzuka in Japan- last year, the Championships were decided here, but with 150 points still up for grabs, the tide could turn at any moment and we can still expect a few surprises, just remember to set those alarm clocks if you don’t want to miss the excitement!

Since this review was written, Mark Webber has been demoted to eleventh place, with a 20 second penalty for dangerous driving (contact with Saubers and Hulkenberg) and Michael Schumacher has been issued with a ten place grid penalty in Suzuka for crashing into Vergne.

This means Sergio Perez finished tenth and has earned the point- Mark Webber’s tally is in fact 132; Sauber has 101 points and Red Bull lead by 36 points with 297 points to their name.

Hamilton dominates whilst it all erupts in Monza

9 Sep

Good day Bad day, Italy 12

This will replace the driver ratings, but it is a similar concept, the main difference being that not every driver gets rated.

Good Day:

Lewis Hamilton: 9/10 S1 F1 (S is where he started F is where he finished)

  • After a week that has seen Hamilton become a massive talking point, with a rumoured move to Mercedes, Lewis shrugged off the pressure to take a monumental victory. It was almost a start to finish lead and has brought him back into WDC contention now standing 2nd with 142 points.

Sergio Perez: 10/10 S12 F2 #DriverOfTheDay

  • Coming into this season did anyone see Sergio Perez having 3 podiums by the time F1 left Europe. Few drivers could do what Perez did today, rising from 12th to 2nd by an inspired strategical decision to be the last driver to come in for his first pit stop. Today Perez showed he can overtake, manage tyres and drive fast, surely Perez is a must sign for any team.

Fernando Alonso: 8/10 S10 F3

  • Fernando put in a fantastic performance today after struggling in Q3. After mechanical problems on friday and saturday there would always be fears that the car wouldn’t go the distance. Fernando had a bright start quickly making it to the top 5 and then a successful move on Vettel, a Button retirement and an all too simple overtake on team mate Massa. Sadly he couldn’t finish 2nd with Perez overtaking in the closing stages. With the big rivals crashing out Alonso now has a 37 point lead and I struggle to see anyone taking the championship off him.

Felipe Massa: 8/10 S3 F4

  • Felipe came into the race having not stood on the podium in 33 races and that record was extended today despite opportunities. Massa had a fantastic start splitting the McLarens before Button retook 2nd place right before the pit stop. From there Massa was fast, but not fast enough. Although many will say Massa would have been on the podium if it hadn’t been for the team orders, Alonso was always going to be too fast for Felipe.

Bernie Ecklestone: 8/10

  • I for one have always considered Bernie to be a man who only chases money, but today Bernie did something human. After Alex Zanardi’s phenomenal achievements in the Paralympics many called for Zanardi to present the trophy’s, although few thought it would happen and expected instead some politician/sponsor. In the end it was a politician who gave Hamilton his trophy but only because Zanardi refused Ecklestone’s invitation saying he’d rather go to the closing ceremony. It’t the thought that counts.

Bad Day:

Sebastian Vettel: 7/10 S5 ret.

  • It was an unfair decision to give Vettel a drive through penalty, but it wouldn’t have changed the outcome to his race, retiring on lap 47 with alternator problems. The alternator has been a problem for Vettel this season, he suffered problems with it earlier in the weekend and had to retire from the European GP with the same problem. If it hadn’t been for the drive through and the retirement I’d have expected Vettel to finish either 6th.

Mark Webber: 6/10 S11 ret.

  • It’s been a disappointing weekend for Webber, he didn’t make it out of Q2, and then struggled in the race, not making it higher than 6th before he retired after a massive spin with just 2 laps remaining. With 0 points from the weekend Webber will know he’ll have to pull out all the stops if he is to take this opportunity to become a world champion.

Jenson Button: 7/10 S2 ret.

  • Button didn’t have the best of starts quickly finding himself looking at the rear of Felipe Massa’s Ferrari. But Button kept the pressure on and got past just before the pit stops. From there Button would surely have finished 2nd had it not been for the problem with the fuel system.

Paul Di Resta: 6/10 S9 F8

  • After a fantastic performance in qualifying yesterday Paul’s performance today was a bit of a let down. Although the young Scot managed to finish 8th, it would have been 11th had it not been for retirements. With Paul aiming to impress bigger teams this season he’ll need to make sure he doesn’t squander opportunities like this again.

 

Fireworks galore as Hamilton takes victory

9 Sep

The tweet review, Italy 12

“My prediction is Hamilton to win, but Massa and Alonso to accompany him on the podium” (@formula1formula)

“this is how the grid will line up: HAM BUT MAS SCH VET ROS RAI KOB DIR ALO WEB PER SEN RIC DAM VER KOV PET GLO PIC KAR MAL DLR HUL” (@formula1formula)

“the penalties going into this race are Grosjean 1 race ban Maldonado 2 5 place grid penalties and Di Resta a 5 place penalty” (@formula1formula)

“5 4 3 2 1 THE LIGHTS GO OUT THE #F1 #ItalianGP is GO GO GO” (F1_Fans_Updates)

“HUGE start for Massa who manages to get between the #McLaren‘s – HAM leads as everyone is into the first lap cleanly…” (@IrvineF1)

“Order at the end of lap one: Hamilton, Massa, Button, Schumacher, Vettel, Raikkonen, Alonso” (@ESPNF1)

“Narain overtook both Marussias at the start but they touched on the first corner” (@HRTF1Team)

“LAP 5 P1 HAM MAS BUT VET MSC ALO RAI KOB DIR PER P11 SEN WEB ROS RIC DAM VER HUL KOV MAL GLO PIC KAR DLR PET.” (@F1racing)

“And Alonso gets P5. World Championship leader is back on the road. Not much happening ahead” (@easonF1)

“Now Di Resta forces Senna off the track.” (@f1fanaticlive)

“D’Ambrosio told his KERS isn’t working.” (@f1fanaticlive)

“BTW, while it’s quiet, checked whether Bernie Ecclestone invited Alex Zanardi to present prizes at Monza” “Yes, he did but Alex wanted to stay in London for the Paralympics closing ceremony. You can see his point. Well done to him anyway” both by (@easonf1)

“Maldonado was coming up to overtake someone, the team did the wise thing and brought him in for a pitstop” (@fakewhitmarsh)

“I’m starting to think many may be changing strategies to a two-stop race…” (@IrvineF1)

“Ferrari appear to be in a right old panic in the garage. No idea why” (@easonF1)

“Button takes Massa at the second chicane and it’s back to a McLaren 1-2.” (@F1TimesLive)

“Maldonado is flying in his Williams. New tyres working wonders. His last lap, a 1:29.653, almost a second quicker than the leaders.” (@F1TimesLive)

“Massa’s car had stopped transmitting telemetry to the team. Alonso and Vettel come close in the pit lane but Vettel keeps his position” (@Jamesallenonf1)

“Hamilton pits from the lead, a 2.7 pit – the fastest of the race so far” (@F1TimesLive)

“Lovely ding-dong between Vettel and Alonso ends with Alonso careering onto the grass” (@easonF1)

“So Massa has no telemetry has anyone checked Hamilton tweets? =P” (@F1_Fans_Updates)

“So Perez leads by virtue of not stopping and is told by Sauber to stay out. Hamilton looms though” (@easonF1)

“Top ten on 28/53: PER, HAM, BUT, MAS, VET, ALO, MSC, RAI, ROS, HUL. Perez is yet to pit after starting on the prime tyre.” (@Jamesallenonf1)

“Alonso tries it again at Curva Grande and this time makes it stick, clearing Vettel into the second chicane” (@autosportlive)

“Vettel/Alonso under investigation for their earlier scrap.” (@F1TimesLive)

“What’s ‘Fernado’s faster than you’ in italian?” (@fakewhitmarsh)

” Vettel has been given a drive through for his role in the Alonso incident” (@Formula1_com)

“BUTTON HAS STOPPED OUT ON TRACK! HE IS OUT OF THE RACE!!” (@F1_Fans_Updates)

“LAP 35 Vettel takes his drive-through penalty & rejons in P9 behind Red Bull teammate Webber.” (@F1racing)

“PER is quietly setting purple sectors…” (@F1Kate)

“Smedley to Massa: “Think about how you’re going to manage the tyres, Alonso behind you.” ” (@F1TimesLive)

“even though I think Vettel didn’t do on purpose, it was dangerous and he forced Alonso of track, so penalty justified.” (@NickHeidfeld)

“Button’s 21-race classified finish streak was the longest current streak in F1 before today.” (@virtualstatman)

“ALO passes teammate Massa with DRS open, makes it look easy. ALO now P2, MAS P3” (@IrvineF1)

“10 laps to go: HAM, ALO, MAS, PER, RAI, VET, WEB, DIR, KOB, MSC, RIC, ROS, SEN, HUL, MAL, DAM, KOV, PET, PIC, GLO, DLR, KAR, BUT, VER” (@Formula1_com)

“Incredible. Perez sweeps past Massa fr P3 and a podium place. What an effort and great for Sauber who were so disappointed last weekend” (@easonF1)

“Perez is past! He is up to 2nd place!” (@easonF1)

“Vettel has retired on the main straight” (@ESPNF1)

“‘For Sale’ Bulk purchase of Renault alternators, keen for quick sale. Please call Christian Horner on Milton Keynes 832654.” (@GrandPrixDiary)

“And in all the excitement, HUL RET.” (@F1Kate)

“WEBBER is now OUT of the race after his spin!” (@F1_Fans_Updates)

“Vettel Webber and Button retired, Alonso finishing 3rd, is now to early to announce him as the 2012 WDC?” (@formula1formula)

“Hamilton wins but driver of the day can only be Sergio Perez 12th to 2nd after an inspired decision to have a long 1st stint” (@formula1formula)

“Result: HAM, PER, ALO, MAS, RAI, MSC, ROS, DIR, KOB, SEN, MAL, RIC, DAM, KOV, PET, PIC, GLO, DLR, KAR [WEB, HUL, VET, BUT, VER out]” (@Formula1_com)

“1:27.239 was the fastest lap of the 2012 Italian Grand Prix; set by Nico Rosberg.” (@Formula1_Facts)

“Felipe Massa deserves a shout, he hasn’t had a podium since 2010 but came so close today, maybe next time #YouNeverKnow” (@formula1formula)