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Monza Does Not Disappoint

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On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 12:14PM | By: John Welch

Monza Does Not Disappoint

The Italian Grand Prix lived up to its historic billing as the fastest and one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar. Force India continued to show their increased competency, even after losing their number one driver to Ferrari. McLaren showed inpressive pace, unfortunately Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race on the third to last lap. The story of the weekend however, Brawn GP return to dominance with a one-two finish!

After navigating the first lap without much incident, a surprising turn of events in its own right, Lewis Hamilton lead from pole but was light on fuel. Starting the race fairly well fueled, the Brawn cars were able to muscle their way to the front of the pack, Rubens Barichello leading the way with Jenson Button right on his heels.

Hamilton made a valiant effort to catch the lead cars toward the end of the race. He lost control over the newly raised curbs in the last chicane, spinning his car into the outside barrier, day effectively done. Brawn finished P1 and P2, while Kimi Raikkonen took the third position; preventing an all Mercedes powered podium. (Both Brawn GP and Force India use Mercedes customer engines.) It would seem that the championship is now a two horse race between Brawn GP teammates Barichello and Button.

One interesting note: the teams seem to be finding ways to introduce aerodynamic wings and barge boards near the sidepods that were not present at the beginning of the year. The Brawn chassis in particular had several air-manipulating devices forward of the sidepod intakes, appendages that must have taken serious development to skirt the 'no barge boards' section of the rulebook. Other cars had similar aero-aids, but the Brawn, being a white car, was the easiest to make out. Four races left and the competition is really heating up. For complete standings, finishing order, and coverage see Speedtv.com

Since F1 Management (i.e., one Bernard Eccelstone) do not appreciate people like us using their broadcast for our own benefit, here is a computer generated lap of Monza, just to give you an idea of the track's high speed capabilities . . .

Source: Formula1.com

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