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The Italian Grand Prix - Highlights

Jake Humphrey introduces highlights from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with commentary by Martin Brundle and David Coulthard.


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Many men have stood on that podium over the years, but the real raw

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here in Monza is when it is a Ferrari driver. Welcome to the

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highlights of the Italian grumpy from the famous old circuits -- the

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Italian Grand Prix. Here is how or the drivers' championship looked

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before today's race. Sebastian Patel has that huge lead. As far as

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the constructors championship is concerned, nothing has been decided,

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despite Red Bull having a mammoth 426 points. How much would Ferrari

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love a strong weekend here? Red Bull have traditionally struggled

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here. And what can Lewis Hamilton go after a difficult couple of

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races. Ted Kravitz tells us what happened in qualifying.

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The slow pace of life in Monza's role Park gets turned upside down

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when the Grand Prix comes to town. Ferrari is the passion phrenic

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enthusiastic crowd. The early action came from Pastor Maldonado

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and pitched his Williams into a spin. Nico Rosberg is trying

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something different by running the hard tie at the start. That means

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he was slow in qualifying but will be quick at the end of the race.

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Michael Schumacher is one place ahead of him on the grid, with the

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standard tyre tactic. We have a different strategy between Nico

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Rosberg and myself. We will find out which is the better one. It is

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a team effort to try to cover us for both circumstances. Ferrari

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tried an old strips -- slipstream in trick to try to get along so

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further up the grid. It worked - Alonso his 4th and the obliging

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Felipe Massa is only 6th. We know how important the slipstream is

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here in Monza, because it is a very good position to be in 4th, so that

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is looking good. You will be near the front for the first couple of

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laps,. I couldn't manage to put everything together, so it was a

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shame because of that. It was a messy session for Mark Webber. He

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is running different gear ratios than Sebastien Vettel. 5th is the

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result. So the fight for poll will be between Sebastien Vettel and the

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McLaren's. Approaching the Ascari chicane, the back kicked out into a

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Monza drift, not the fastest way around the corner. That gave the

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McLaren cars a chance, but they couldn't take the advantage. With

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both Button and Hamilton managing to out-brake themselves, it didn't

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go for them. Half a second from Sebastian is a long way, but it is

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also Saturday, and tomorrow is the big day. Firstly I want to finish,

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and if we have an opportunity to get in the lead, I will take it. It

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has been a while since I finished this race, so that is the first

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step. I am very happy. We feared that in qualifying we might be too

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slow on the straights, but we got everything together, and the

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balance was perfect, so in the corners I was able to catch up, and

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still managed to be quicker than the others. Previously on the

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circuit we were struggling, so it is nice to come back.

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So, Vettel on pole position for them 10th time this season. Lewis

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Hamilton alongside, and Jenson Button behind, both ready to attack.

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Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber have strong race pace, an

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impressive 7th for Vitaly Petrov. Paul di Resta and qualified Adrian

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Sutil. It isn't all Williams rose 7, while the Toro Rosso has line-up at

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the back. Rookie Daniel Ricardo out qualified his more experienced team

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made Vitantonio Liuzzi for the Commentator: It is full throttle as

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they go round this high-speed layout. It is a challenge for

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everybody. They now have to find the perfect bite point of the

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clutch to get off the line and down to the first corner. And the

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trigger from that is when the five lights go out. We don't bother with

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the green. And the Monza race is under way. Wheelspin there from

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under way. Wheelspin there from Vettel. There are side by side.

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Hamilton and Vettel are touching. Alonso leads the Italian Grand Prix

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- oh, we have got a car approaching sideways, and he takes to out with

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him. Barrichello was in there. Somebody came sideways down the

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grass into the first corner. Alonso Leeds, and Sebastien Vettel is

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coming back at him straight away. Michael Schumacher is a head off

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Felipe Massa. The safety car is out, and surprisingly, because the

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carnage is in the middle of the track on the first chicane. Who

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have we got in here? We have Liuzzi, Rosberg, Petrov. The black helmet

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they are recognising many of the ice hockey players killed in the

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crash earlier in the week. Barrichello trying to get his car

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going again. He beached himself trying to get over that sleeping

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policemen. That is what put Alonso, so lucky Ian Hamilton didn't

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connect has been around. It is the HRT with its wheels on the grass,

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and then no grip. The green bits will not help you. He was going

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straight to the scene of several other people's accidents right

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there. Totally caused all of that. That is Kobayashi with a damaged

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nose. Alonso, to the obvious delight of the crowd, leads the

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Grande Parade. That was complete carnage in the middle of the pack -

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position on the grade as we take the lead. You are allowed to do

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this on the right at the start. He keeps his foot absolutely planted,

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as you would expect. Some nice fresh air, and inside that corner.

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The rpm increased on the engine as he put the wheel on the grass. It

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just shows how tight he was. That managed to negotiate the first car,

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but he was blocked by the second. Liuzzi's problems started much

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earlier when he had to avoid another car, pulled onto the grass,

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and never scooped up. This will change the face of the race.

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Alguersuari up to seven. Petrov is out of the race, so it doesn't

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matter what he won and lost now. They can't overtake until they get

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to the second safety car. There are all looking relatively in line. Who

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is going to be able to? Sebastien Vettel was caught slightly sleeping

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there, I must say. Has he got a slipstream from the Ferrari? He has,

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but not enough. Michael Schumacher, then, punishes Lewis Hamilton for

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his sleepy restart. And Mark Webber, also through there, so Mark Webber

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for Red Bull... And Vettel, so much acceleration down the outside of

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that first chicane. Alonso is having none of that. Why do you

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think Vettel is so much stronger of that chicane? He was buzzing the

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limiter for several seconds. He is trying to have good race pace. They

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have 140 kilos of fuel on board. This is critical time for Alonso.

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He has got to break one-second margin to Sebastian Vatel in the

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first two laps, otherwise he will be wide-open to a dose of BRS and a

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dose of KERS. -- a dose of DRS. Michael Schumacher is having

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another tremendous start to this Grand Prix as we have seen. How

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sweet would that have felt for him passing Hamilton in the first

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chicane? Look, Vettel has got the legs on the Ferrari. Alonso is

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trying to break the tower immediately. It looks like more

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than one move to me. Look at this, whether with a contact, Andy has

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lost his nose. Vettel is going to go down the outside, that is a

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better line as long as he doesn't end up with too much grass. Alonso

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pushed him wide, he would have none of it, and Vettel has the turning

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point, and that was bravery at 200 mph. Vettel came out the winner.

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Anyone who doubts that Sebastien Vettel can race, that was brave

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stuff. It never used to be flat in the days when you were racing with

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the turbos. What a race. Hamilton is right behind Michael Schumacher.

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Those have closed the gap as the two in front were trying to her

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roast each other out. The yellow flag is out again at the moment.

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Hamilton fancies redressing the balance of being caught napping on

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the restart. Jenson Button got held up a little as weather and Felipe

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Massa got together. We don't know if Massa managed to recover his

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position. Here it is, on board with Mark Webber. He has a good

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slipstream, down the outside, they nearly touch at that point. He then

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tried to muscle his way around, and hit the kerb, flies through the air,

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and Felipe Massa came off. He had the outside line in the first part,

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put him on the outside, and you can see that he has gone into the

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barriers trying to get back to the pits. Let's wait and see. It was

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clearly front wing damage. I wonder if that has gone under the front of

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the car, and he has lost his steering. Michael Schumacher

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looking at second place. These three are fighting over second

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place, Alonso, Schumacher, Hamilton, all former world champions. They

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know what it takes. Schumacher maintains the position at the

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moment, but that has allowed Alonso to build a little bit of space

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between them. Alonso seems very slow after two chicanes. He was

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fast yesterday in qualifying. Obviously a very different

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situation when you have all that fuel aboard. Maybe the Ferrari has

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got a bit more weight in the car. We don't know what configuration

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they have chosen to raise their engine. If they would want to win

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any race, it would be the home race in Monza. Five champions fill the

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top five places. DRS has been enabled, which should help if

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Carlton is within a second of Schumacher. He certainly is, but

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the Mercedes is so much faster in a straight line than the McLaren

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Mercedes. His DRS Open? It is not. I wonder why. It didn't look like

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it. It looked like it was initially, but then it looked like it was

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closed. A lot of turbulence in that front wing. Massow looks like he is

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through. He is up in ninth place. Eighth place, with that move.

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Alonso, Schumacher, Hamilton. Five World champions in the top five

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places. Maldonado was six. But he is three seconds off the pace.

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Jenson Button, homing in on this fight. They're so busy watching

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each other that they are losing time. Schumacher is outside the

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white lines, one of the few places, Ascari, where it is the better

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option. Parabolica corner. Mark Webber has no front wing. No front

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downforce. And a rather pathetic feeling as he has a minor incident

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with the wall. That shows you... The Windies underneath his car, not

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underneath his tyres but it shows you how effective those winds are.

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-- the wings are underneath his car. They are there to push the car into

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the ground. You will have a massive offset in balance. TED KRAVITZ:

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Hard tyres ready for Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton's DRS did not walk

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on that main stretch. -- did not work. The of sat between Schumacher

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and the McLaren Mercedes was 12 kilometres an hour. Michael

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Schumacher has that advantage. They reckon the DRS is worth 15

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kilometres an hour on this track. That explains why it is so

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difficult for our Lewis Hamilton. He is not getting the advantage of

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the extra momentum. That the arrest was wide open on Lewis Hamilton

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just there. -- the SDRs. Will he remember to use it? Maybe he did

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not realise he could use it? What effect will laugh off? -- will that

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have. A good strategy for Michael at the moment. Did I here Lewis

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Hamilton on the rev limiter? Or is that just interference on the sound

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transmission? RADIO: Straight speeds look OK. Schumacher is just

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very high. Explain that one to me. End of straight speed is OK but the

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guy in front is just a bit quicker? That is them saying, you were not

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slow, he is fast. The net result is the same. He should have delivered

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the old, good news, bad years, and more about his. Michael feels the

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need to go defensive into Ascari. The problem is, that is such a

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tricky piece of racetrack when you are by yourself. All he can do now

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is try to stay as close as possible. Surprisingly, Lewis Hamilton is

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right with him. Lewis Hamilton looks better positioned. Is his

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DRS...? He does not open it until far down. It is close again. What

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is that about? We know that they had some issues during practice.

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When they were reattached in the wings, they were stolen. -- they

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were stalling. They should be a straight forward pass. Confidently

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turning into the apex. Felipe Massa does to Maldonado what Mark Webber

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was trying to do to him. Lewis Hamilton, out of the slick screen.

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-- slipstream. Michael conceding the place. Very tidy. Nice indeed.

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Schumacher's still has that speed and he now has the slipstream. Is

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he going to take that place? Lewis Hamilton did not cut him off early

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enough. He has to be more aggressive. Jenson Button, now

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joining the party. As with Kobayashi in Spa two weeks ago, he

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needed to cut him off. All the way down to the second chicane, they

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were beaten for qualifying times, but consistently, they have been

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doing it. Lewis Hamilton getting Michael Schumacher to go defensive.

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This is going to be... Messy. thought I would go Conservative!

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Well Jenson Button say, now it is my time, I will show you what I can

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do? 49 competitive over takers -- overtakes. Hamilton has the DRS.

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Michael Schumacher only has his horsepower to defend wife and a bit

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of KERS. -- defend with. Michael Schumacher, the man who has won

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this Grand Prix five times. KRAVITZ: Groans of frustration in

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the McLaren garage. They are going to have to change their strategy.

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RADIO: Michael was holding up the two McLarens. They are second a lap

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slower. That is the message to Felipe Massa. Alonso and Sebastian

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Vettel will be dancing. Button... I think they're going to call a

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driver in soon. As Rob Smedley pointed out to Felipe Massa, he is

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now in sex. -- in sixth place. Hamilton, with that slipstream

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again. Such a short brake in zone. The car is five metres long, if

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you're going to be five metres better and the brakes, you need a

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braking zone. There is not one at the Parabolica corner. The team

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principal at McLaren, watching his men. The DRS is open, and Sue Makah

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bouncing along on 18,000 revs. He can do nothing about it. --

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Schumacher. Mercedes has gear at their car -- he had their car to

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use all of the rpm without DRS. McLaren are just banging up against

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the red metre. You hit a speed and you cannot go any faster. It is all

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going to be about pit-stop strategy unless Lewis Hamilton or Jenson

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Button can make this happen on the track. As soon as we going to the

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pits, this play will be off but Alonso is now 4.5 seconds ahead. In

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the lead, by nine seconds, his Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber is

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out of the Grand Prix in the second Red Bull. We have lost d'Ambrosio,

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Petrov, Rosberg and Liuzzi. The detection zone is on the exit of

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this corner. The activation of DRS is quite a long way down. There

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they go. They are both on that. Hamilton, ducking back in.

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Schumacher has had to go very defensive. This is Lewis Hamilton's

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chance. He was on the grassesque -- on the grass! Button takes the

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position as Schumacher complains about his rear tyres. Lewis was

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shot on the class -- on the grass. Verdict? Michael was ahead and he

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could pick his line. In sporting etiquette, that was right on the

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limit. For my book, it was one foot over it. He gave Lewis Hamilton a

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chop. Lewis has been very clean with Michael so far. Michael...

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Jenson Button is around the outside interests Gary. There is a chance

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for Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button's mother wasabi. Lewis Hamilton will

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be furious with Michael. completely agree with you. As

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Schumacher is pushing the boundaries. Ofwat is correct and

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what is not, he has been on the limit. -- of what is correct. That

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we understood that Hamilton was going to pit. The mechanics are

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ready. As soon as they got the message, they told him to stay out.

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Schumacher goes on to a brand new set of soft tyres, which she was

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able to have because he only did one run in qualifying. Take us

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through this. Michael sees Lewis take the inside line and chops in

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front of them. You could say he is entitled to take his position, he

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takes a tight line on entry. He is racing, but you see how much Lewis

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Hamilton had to move out. That was a heart-stopping moment. This is a

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replay. It works so much better for Jenson Button to make them move.

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Michael's rear tyres had reached the cliff. Michael has been all

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over the track defending, picking up dust. All the time, Jenson was

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just preserving his tyres, avoiding blisters, and then when he got the

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opportunity, he could make it stay. And one man not interested in that

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excitement, Sebastian Vettel, moving into his a team flat and has

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not been able to -- has not been needed -- have not -- has not

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needed to come in for tyres. Jenson Button pits for McLaren. Soft tyres

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on that car. How long will it take them? It looked good. Lovely clear

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space, providing he can stay ahead of the traffic. 3.5 seconds, that

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stop. Making his way into the chicane. Hamilton is coming in, and

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at the end of lap 18. And away he goes. Another pit-stop from the

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McLaren boys, well done. Jenson Button is ahead of him. Schumacher,

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just to his left. He takes the position away. That will please

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Lewis Hamilton. They pitted Jenson first, and that has kept him ahead.

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They pitted Lewis next, and that killed him dead. TED KRAVITZ: Good

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thinking from Mercedes. More frustration at McLaren. McLaren, do

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you want to call this battle...? This is Maldonado and Perez and

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Abdul Shorey fighting over 7th, 8th and 9th. -- Alguersuari. He made it

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past the pair of them. Sergio Perez, up into eight position.

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KRAVITZ: Soft tyres, going on the Ferrari. The reason why McLaren

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were running that day when, they thought they would be fighting with

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the Red Bull. It has a Renault engine. They never imagined they

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would be up against a Mercedes with the same Mercedes engine that they

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have. As soon as they realise that was the situation, they were always

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on to a loser. That is why it is going to be a big ask for McLaren

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second stop. -- in the pit. We know that the McLaren is over all fast

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on the lap. But because of his great start and a number of other

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activities, and still sue macro will not yield, and why should he?

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Now he is having to get really defensive on his way in - and that

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is two moves. The rules are very clear. You can make one change of

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direction, and you cannot move back. I am fully expecting the hear a

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radio message soon as the Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead. And away

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he goes. He has been absolutely untroubled once he managed to

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retake the lead after the fast starting Alonso. It was a 3.7

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second pit, but they had no need to panic and rush. Massa is now up

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into second place, but he has yet to pit. Remember he was pointing

:30:59.:31:06.

the wrong way after contact with Mark Webber. Again it in at the

:31:06.:31:13.

slipstream, again with the DRS Open. And it is going to have to be a

:31:13.:31:21.

brave move that puts him past Michael Schumacher. How far away is

:31:21.:31:31.
:31:31.:31:32.

Jenson Button? RADIO: The FIA are aware. That is what we were

:31:32.:31:39.

expecting. What you think they will do about it? Derek Daly, the Indy

:31:39.:31:46.

Car Driver, is the driving element of the stewards. You are only

:31:46.:31:56.
:31:56.:31:57.

allowed one move. It is a very clear move was stop I came here the

:31:57.:32:01.

Schumacher fans saying, jealous old David Coulthard! But it is the

:32:01.:32:07.

rules. They have designed this rule for the safety of the drivers and

:32:07.:32:13.

the safety of the crowd. Ted? Hamilton is losing one second per

:32:13.:32:19.

lap. Jenson Button has just done his personal best of the race, at

:32:19.:32:29.
:32:29.:32:29.

27.09. He is doing a great job of closing in on Alonso. Button only a

:32:29.:32:39.
:32:39.:32:42.

second behind Alonso. He has just done a 1:27.06. He drove

:32:42.:32:52.
:32:52.:32:52.

beautifully, his style, he seems to like these low downforce balance as

:32:52.:32:59.

well. We watch Buemi going around the outside of Maldonado, for 10th

:32:59.:33:04.

and 11th place. Maldonado is slipping backwards after that

:33:04.:33:11.

tremendous start. Vettel, Alonso, button, and then Schumacher and

:33:11.:33:16.

Hamilton fighting for 4th and 5th. Hamilton's tyres will wear out more

:33:16.:33:22.

quickly. RADIO: Michael, please make sure you leave room for the

:33:22.:33:28.

car when you move in each direction. That is Ross talking to his driver

:33:28.:33:36.

with a coded message, yes we are doing something about this. FIA

:33:36.:33:39.

stewards could read that that they think even he thinks this is out of

:33:39.:33:44.

order. That was a clear statement from Ross Brawn. He has worked a

:33:44.:33:51.

long time with Michael. We saw with those last couple of laps, Michael

:33:51.:33:57.

leaving a lot more space. He will get a slipstream from the car in

:33:57.:34:02.

front. And possibly even DRS as Button closes in very quickly on

:34:02.:34:09.

Alonso. This is the second and third. Lewis is on the limiter

:34:09.:34:16.

almost by himself now. Hunting down a feisty Michael Schumacher who

:34:16.:34:22.

doesn't want to yield. His car is the fastest in a straight line.

:34:22.:34:32.
:34:32.:34:33.

Button is now 7.7 seconds clear of that sue macro Hamilton fight. --

:34:33.:34:38.

Schumacher/Hamilton fight. How do think sue macro will receive that a

:34:39.:34:43.

message from Ross Brawn? -- How do you think Schumacher will receive

:34:43.:34:48.

that message? He always pushes the boundaries, and he often gets away

:34:48.:34:52.

with it, so he is the clever one. He has pushed the boundaries this

:34:52.:34:56.

afternoon, but I don't think there is a penalty necessary. Now maybe

:34:56.:35:01.

he has broken the back of this race and will be able to keep Lewis at

:35:01.:35:05.

bay. But 4th or even 5th place for Michael would be a great result at

:35:05.:35:09.

this stage of the season. When Barton got his chance, he took it

:35:10.:35:15.

straight away and passed on the outside. He made it easily. -- when

:35:15.:35:22.

Jenson Button got his chance. Has he taken that position? He has

:35:22.:35:26.

indeed, he is through, so Michael almost yielding to him, finally,

:35:26.:35:36.
:35:36.:35:41.

there. I think Schumacher realised that finally it was a done deal.

:35:41.:35:49.

Yes, around the outside into Ascari chicane. He buzzes into the limiter.

:35:49.:35:53.

I don't think Michael would bother with that one again. Michael

:35:53.:35:58.

Schumacher is now in a comfortable 5th place, with Felipe Massa or 14

:35:58.:36:02.

seconds behind. I think he has had enough of that particular fight,

:36:02.:36:06.

and he knows it is doing no good, it is only a matter of time when he

:36:06.:36:10.

loses that position to Lewis, and he must be now thinking, I have got

:36:11.:36:20.

to fend off Felipe Massa for six. We enjoyed that. But we have had

:36:20.:36:28.

enough of that, now. And new battle to look for, bottom versus Alonso,

:36:28.:36:35.

13 seconds off the lead -- Jenson Button versus Alonso. This race

:36:35.:36:39.

often lasts only an hour and 20 minutes due to the high-speed

:36:39.:36:44.

nature of the place. Michael is going left to defend, and staying

:36:44.:36:51.

left, and Lewis going clean around the outside. That was actually a

:36:51.:37:01.
:37:01.:37:02.

clear yield. On board with the Toro Rosso. As they go up to the Force

:37:02.:37:10.

India of do Leicester. That was -- Paul di Resta. That was sadly very

:37:10.:37:20.
:37:20.:37:21.

easy indeed. Paul di Resta is meant to be about six or seven tenths of

:37:21.:37:29.

a lap slower. He is now 9th. It looks like he has got a bit of a

:37:29.:37:36.

fight on his hands to stay in the points. Mark Webber has been found

:37:36.:37:46.
:37:46.:37:51.

Very bad luck. Tell us what happened. Filippi started to come

:37:51.:37:56.

across, and then I wasn't sure if he was going to come that far

:37:56.:38:03.

across, and then it turned out when I got awards turn to, I started to

:38:03.:38:07.

bail-out of the move, but those curves are so high on the inside,

:38:07.:38:17.
:38:17.:38:17.

if you clipped the inside, it the pit, and they knew there was

:38:17.:38:21.

some damage, but I didn't know that the front wing was jammed under the

:38:21.:38:27.

front of the car, and I lost the steering. It is a bit of a dent to

:38:27.:38:32.

any championship aspirations you may have had. What are you aiming

:38:32.:38:42.
:38:42.:38:43.

for now? I think we are all battling for second. Vatel would

:38:43.:38:45.

have to have an incredibly disappointing finish to the season

:38:45.:38:53.

for anybody to take this off in now -- Sebastian Vatel. -- Sebastien

:38:54.:39:00.

Vettel. He pitied exactly the same time as Rubens Barrichello, who is

:39:00.:39:04.

lapping. Barrichello is quite cautious up to the speed line, and

:39:04.:39:09.

Jenson Button trying to pass him. He missed the chicane, Rubens

:39:09.:39:14.

Barrichello, on the way out. There is a car being pushed out of the

:39:14.:39:22.

way. That will have cost Jenson Button and his gap to Fernando

:39:22.:39:32.
:39:32.:39:40.

Let's hear from Rubens Barrichello. Breathing space, David. That is

:39:40.:39:44.

what Ferrari are concerned about, breathing space. I asked how

:39:44.:39:47.

Alonso's race was going, and they are worried about whether he will

:39:47.:39:51.

keep his place on the podium. They can see that the McLaren's are

:39:52.:39:57.

gaining on him, and they say he is pushing. Ferrari are now out.

:39:57.:40:04.

McLaren are reacting. Alonso has come into the pit. We have yellow

:40:04.:40:10.

flags out. A good pit-stop again for Ferrari as we now await Lewis

:40:10.:40:17.

Hamilton into his human garage. The car is boiling hot, the brakes at

:40:17.:40:23.

nearly 1,000 centigrade, the engine well over 125 centigrade as he

:40:23.:40:28.

drives his McLaren into the garage, and he is now again behind

:40:28.:40:36.

Barrichello. Hamilton fresh out of tyres. Will him a -- a fresh set of

:40:37.:40:44.

tyres, well that get into the end of the Drumcree? -- to the end of

:40:44.:40:54.
:40:54.:40:54.

the Grand Prix? It was actually even closer to Alonso then he was

:40:54.:40:59.

before the pit stop phase, but it didn't quite clear him. They are

:40:59.:41:02.

both on the Prime hard tyres, so everything that went before was

:41:02.:41:09.

with a slightly grittier tyre, and less fuel. Here comes hour race

:41:09.:41:17.

leader, Sebastien Vettel. No pressure during this stop. They are

:41:17.:41:21.

really getting that fine-tuned now towards the end of the season. This

:41:21.:41:26.

is the fight for second. They are coming out of Ascari as Vettel is

:41:26.:41:32.

coasting out of the pit lane. will be interesting is Ferrari

:41:32.:41:37.

historically have not been giving a harder tyre. Mark Webber is

:41:37.:41:43.

reflecting on what might have been. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button,

:41:43.:41:47.

and as we were saying, Ferrari are typically not as good on the harder

:41:47.:41:51.

tyres. We have already seen the Jenson Button was faster on the

:41:51.:41:58.

option. So you fancy that Button has a very

:41:58.:42:04.

good chance of taking second place at this stage? Eight looks like he

:42:04.:42:09.

is looking already, and unlike Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso

:42:09.:42:15.

does leave room. They ran down into the second chicane. Surely an error

:42:15.:42:21.

there from Alonso, because he was extra slow on that corner. Alonso

:42:21.:42:26.

has no traction, it seems to me. Very short of traction on this

:42:26.:42:33.

harder compound tyre. It is all within a scale. Whatever you call

:42:33.:42:37.

these tyres, they are very soft rubber compared to what we used to

:42:37.:42:44.

run with. They appear to have issues Keating their tyres. Jenson

:42:44.:42:49.

Button taking advantage of the slipstream of a Lotus he is lapping.

:42:49.:42:55.

Looking at how easy that walls, managing to duck right underneath

:42:55.:43:05.
:43:05.:43:08.

the back. That could be the best result for Lotus, 12 at the moment.

:43:08.:43:15.

That is Heikki Kovalainen. Sebastian Vettel leads Michael

:43:15.:43:19.

Schumacher at the moment by 4.8 seconds. Sue macro presumably has

:43:19.:43:29.

to stop again. -- Schumacher has to stop again. He is 15.6 seconds off

:43:29.:43:37.

the lead. Can he start putting the red ball under pressure? You say

:43:37.:43:41.

the tyres come out of the blanket at 100 degrees, but I always felt

:43:41.:43:45.

it is like getting into a pair of jeans. You have to get them on the

:43:45.:43:50.

track, move the side wall, stretch the tyre with the centrifugal

:43:50.:43:54.

forces, lean against them on breaking before they really give

:43:54.:43:59.

you the performance. Your genes tend to be a lot tighter than mine!

:43:59.:44:09.
:44:09.:44:14.

trouble since he took the lead again after Alonso's mighty start.

:44:14.:44:18.

After that, it was really about who could negotiate Michael Schumacher

:44:18.:44:24.

and particularly the incredible fight between him and Lewis

:44:24.:44:34.

Hamilton. That was tough racing in the extreme. No doubt about that.

:44:34.:44:39.

As it happened, Button made his way past both of them. That has made

:44:39.:44:46.

the difference. That gave him the chance to take Alonso. He did not

:44:47.:44:55.

drop behind Schumacher at the next stop. That was a pivotal lap or two.

:44:55.:44:58.

Getting through those two so quickly has got him into a

:44:58.:45:03.

comfortable second place. Another great weekend for Jenson Button. He

:45:04.:45:08.

said he left a little bit of time behind in qualifying. That would

:45:08.:45:18.
:45:18.:45:22.

have only been for the Inter Odense battle. -- Pinter Tina. I think he

:45:22.:45:26.

was just keeping his tyres under control and watching the fight in

:45:26.:45:30.

front. Knowing the history of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, I

:45:30.:45:34.

think he just wanted to keep back in case there was an incident. Once

:45:34.:45:39.

again, this is showing who leader is in McLaren. Jenson Button said

:45:40.:45:49.
:45:50.:45:51.

it was them. -- said it was him. Ted Kravitz he is apparently in

:45:51.:45:55.

need of some encouragement. I just asked Simon Roberts of the planets.

:45:55.:46:02.

He said the plan is to catch Alonso. He said, we just have to encourage

:46:03.:46:06.

him that he can do it. After the day that Lewis Hamilton has had, he

:46:06.:46:11.

apparently needed a pick me up. Let's see what he says when he gets

:46:11.:46:16.

out of the car, about the wheel to wheel action. When you look at

:46:16.:46:25.

Webber, there is more wheel-to- wheel action than I can remember

:46:25.:46:31.

for a long time. Some wonderful race tracks coming up. Six more

:46:31.:46:38.

rounds after this race finishes. Singapore and Sao Paulo, tremendous

:46:38.:46:47.

race tracks. Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, the new track that

:46:47.:46:50.

nobody knows, Abu Dhabi and finishing up in Brazil before

:46:50.:47:00.
:47:00.:47:00.

Christmas. We are on the penultimate lap of the Grand Prix.

:47:00.:47:08.

Hamilton has a clear picture of his target. Fernando Alonso's Ferrari

:47:08.:47:18.
:47:18.:47:22.

gearbox. Hamilton is three-tenths up in the middle sector. Heading

:47:22.:47:32.

towards the Ascari chicane. Six tents on this latter alone,

:47:32.:47:42.
:47:42.:47:45.

Hamilton. -- six tenths. The traffic will give him the chance to

:47:45.:47:48.

get in the one seconds owned and used his DRS, which may neutralise

:47:48.:47:58.
:47:58.:47:58.

the speed at which Hamilton is catching him. -- 1 second zone.

:47:58.:48:02.

Watches rear wing. Is it available? It is not. The only DRS that is any

:48:02.:48:12.
:48:12.:48:15.

use is the exit. There is a new fastest lap in the Grand Prix,

:48:15.:48:20.

1:26.8. The DIS arrest does not kick in until the race is over. --

:48:20.:48:30.
:48:30.:48:33.

the DRS. Bruno Senna is ahead, 1.9 behind di Resta. He has caught a

:48:33.:48:37.

massively. There is another fight going on. Sebastian Vettel was

:48:37.:48:43.

going through the Ascari chicane. Towards the end of the Grand Prix.

:48:43.:48:50.

Jenson Button has Alguersuari in front of them. It is still on

:48:50.:48:55.

heading into the chicane. It will have to be within the next two

:48:55.:49:01.

braking zones. Alonso was fighting. He has nothing in his pocket in

:49:01.:49:05.

terms of speed. Sebastian Vettel crosses the line, for his 18th

:49:05.:49:12.

Grand Prix victory. Untroubled at Monza. The big story, Jenson Button

:49:12.:49:20.

will finish second. No chances for Hamilton. The finish line is very

:49:20.:49:30.
:49:30.:49:34.

soon. Jenson Button has finished second and Alonso was on the podium.

:49:34.:49:38.

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa have yet to come home. Schumacher

:49:38.:49:48.
:49:48.:49:49.

does that, with a strong fifth place. Ahead of Felipe Massa, six.

:49:49.:49:59.
:49:59.:50:01.

-- 6 Mac. That is the first time that a Red Bull has not finished in

:50:01.:50:10.

the points all season. RADIO: You have won the Italian Grand Prix.

:50:10.:50:18.

Fantastic! Yes! We did it! We blew them away! Thank you, boys.

:50:18.:50:23.

third time this season that Sebastian Vettel, Button and Alonso

:50:23.:50:27.

have shared the podium. One of the best podiums in the world in any

:50:27.:50:33.

sport. I love that image here in Monza. More Grand Prix tracts,

:50:33.:50:41.

please get the fans below the podium. -- tracks. Jenson Button,

:50:41.:50:49.

with his third podium in succession, finishers seconds. -- finishes

:50:49.:50:54.

second. Lewis Hamilton could not quite get on the podium, finishing

:50:54.:50:58.

4th. Michael Schumacher, was he being naughty? We will hear from

:50:59.:51:03.

him shortly. As far as the standings are concerned, Sebastien

:51:03.:51:10.

fettle is in the lead. 112 points over Fernando Alonso. -- Sebastian

:51:10.:51:16.

Vettel. Mark Webber did not finish today. Red Bull, at the top of the

:51:16.:51:21.

Constructors' Championship. Let us hear from the men at the centre of

:51:22.:51:24.

hear from the men at the centre of hear from the men at the centre of

:51:24.:51:27.

the action. Congratulations. It was an

:51:27.:51:30.

interesting start. You dropped it position but what a pass when you

:51:31.:51:38.

to go back. -- took it back. I knew from the lap before but it was

:51:38.:51:45.

possible. I had a good exit and then I was able to get into

:51:45.:51:49.

Fernando's position. I thought if I moved right, he would have the

:51:49.:51:59.

inside and he would handbrakes the car somehow. I decided to go left

:51:59.:52:03.

and I found myself on the inside. I was quite confident that I had the

:52:03.:52:07.

inside line. I thought I would make it. It was great and from then

:52:07.:52:11.

onwards, it was crucial to pull-out and use the speed that we had.

:52:11.:52:19.

was nice to fight back. I am getting fed up of doing that. It is

:52:19.:52:24.

frustrating. We had such a small problem at the start. It costs you

:52:24.:52:29.

delay. I was in 6th, and then at the restart, I had no way of

:52:29.:52:35.

keeping Mark Webber back. In seventh place, obviously, Sebastian

:52:35.:52:40.

was able to get in front. I finally got past Lewis Hamilton and Michael

:52:40.:52:44.

in one lap. And then I had to set about getting close to Fernando

:52:44.:52:50.

again. It was too difficult to overtake. We led the race in the

:52:50.:52:53.

first couple of laps and we enjoyed that. Afterwards, there was a good

:52:53.:53:03.
:53:03.:53:04.

battle with Jenson for the podium. It was good. Help for Michael, but

:53:04.:53:12.

it was good to taste the podium again. Michael, another great start.

:53:12.:53:16.

It was a fun afternoon. Some big battles with UN Michael. Did you

:53:16.:53:25.

think it was clean and fair? -- you and Michael. That is racing. I felt

:53:25.:53:29.

I did exactly what I was supposed to do. As far as I understand,

:53:29.:53:33.

there was no request for me to see the stewards. So why guess all is

:53:33.:53:39.

in order. I heard you saying something about one move on the

:53:39.:53:46.

team radio. Did he adhere to that? Sure. By lap time was not there.

:53:46.:53:52.

Alguersuari was still there. We will take the four points. It is a

:53:52.:53:58.

good position in the championship. You have a commanding lead in the

:53:58.:54:01.

championship and if things went your way, you could win it at the

:54:01.:54:07.

next race. Wood, could, should. To be honest, the secret is not to

:54:07.:54:14.

expect too much. There is a chance he will be disappointed. The

:54:14.:54:19.

ultimate goal this season, when we started, was to defend the title. I

:54:19.:54:24.

think we are in a good position. was great seeing these world

:54:24.:54:28.

champions battling hard against one another. Five in the top five.

:54:28.:54:34.

that the first time ever? I'm not sure. Used to check out -- you

:54:34.:54:37.

should check out that fact. On that should check out that fact. On that

:54:37.:54:40.

note, goodbye. Some victory for Sebastian Vettel.

:54:40.:54:44.

Quite a few battles the right that Grand Prix, particularly between

:54:44.:54:47.

Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Did Michael Schumacher

:54:47.:54:51.

overstepped the mark? Lewis Hamilton should never have been

:54:51.:54:55.

behind Michael. He was caught napping at the restart. He was

:54:55.:54:59.

behind him and tried to make the pass. Michael's move was marginal,

:54:59.:55:05.

so much so that the team principal came on the radio and was very firm

:55:05.:55:10.

in his instruction. "Pick Your Place and stick with it". That

:55:10.:55:14.

allowed Button to finish second and Lewis Hamilton eventually got track

:55:14.:55:18.

position over Michael. Once again, the Schumacher moves are still

:55:18.:55:22.

there for. What was it that Jenson Button did that Lewis Hamilton

:55:22.:55:25.

could not? He tried to get past Schumacher and Jenson Button

:55:26.:55:29.

managed it at the first opportunity. The longer you spend running behind

:55:29.:55:34.

the current front, you will receive your tyres and lose aerodynamic

:55:34.:55:37.

performance. Jenson Button got there, pulled off the past and was

:55:37.:55:43.

able to get on. I think he was just able to make the move quickly.

:55:43.:55:48.

Further back, some great -- great driving -- a great driving from

:55:48.:55:53.

Bruno Senna. A strong race from the younger guys. They have to showcase

:55:53.:55:59.

talent. Bruno Senna went quite a way to say to Reynolds that, yes,

:55:59.:56:02.

his first Grand Prix in Spa was rusty, but he put in a great

:56:02.:56:07.

performance. Sebastian Vettel, out of trouble and at the front. And he

:56:07.:56:13.

was emotional, cos he won his first Grand Prix here. He knows his

:56:13.:56:17.

significance -- the significance of winning in Italy. He has written

:56:17.:56:21.

his name on the trophy for the World Championship again. I would

:56:21.:56:25.

have expected a motion from Lewis Hamilton in the cockpit. Equally,

:56:25.:56:29.

an awful lot of emotion on the top step of the podium. Sebastian

:56:29.:56:34.

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