F1 Italian Grand Prix – Predictions

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Updated: September 7, 2013

Sebastian Vettel sealed his fourth pole position of the season ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

The triple world champion will start ahead of team mate Mark Webber (AUS) on the front row and surprisingly Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg (GER) in third position.

2008 world champion, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) failed to reach Q3 and will both start on the grid in 11th and 12th. It is the first time since 2010 that Hamilton has failed to qualify in the final session.

With qualifying decided, Jamie, Dom and Harry have shared their predictions for round 12 of the 2013 season.

 

Jamie’s prediction

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1st? – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2nd? – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

3rd? – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Comment:

What I have learnt from Sebastian Vettel in the last couple of years is that this man rarely loses a race if he starts in pole position. He is on a fantastic form this season and I just could not see the current world champion losing his lead after the first corner in my opinion. I think we are going to see a dominant performance from Vettel on Sunday and I can see him winning the race by more than 15 seconds which might make the race a bit dull.

Fernando Alonso may not have had a good day at the office with his team mate Felipe Massa out qualifying him but starting in fifth position for the race doesn’t matter much to Alonso, as he has already shown this season. Alonso somehow starts the race in the bottom half of the top 10 and ends up finishing the race in a podium spot which is impressive driving. I reckon Alonso will pull out another performance like that in Monza.

Another top driver had a frustrating day which is Lewis Hamilton. Starting the race outside the top ten which is unlike Hamilton. His attitude and impressions while being interviewed after Q2 showed that he was being too hard on himself. The man is a gifted driver and should forget about his performance on qualifying day and just stay focused. Last season, Sergio Perez started outside the top ten but went on to finish runner up in a Sauber in last year’s Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton has a faster car and is definitely capable of finishing in a podium place. I’m afraid for Nico Hulkenberg I just don’t see him defending his position from the likes of Nico Rosberg and Alonso.

 

Harry’s prediction

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1st? – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2nd? – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

3rd? – Mark Webber (Red Bull)

Comment:

Today’s qualifying was probably one of the most exciting of the year. Seeing some big hitters drop out in Q2 really spiced things up at the front, and allowed some unusual characters to take some high spots. Hulkenberg has to be my personal highlight. Getting 3rd place is a tremendous result no matter how you look at it. It’s especially poignant considering Sauber achieved a second place here last year. And that was from way back on the grid. I think Nico will have an almighty task to keep the car near the front, but considering that he is a talented driver in an okay car, I think he should fare better than Valtteri did in Canada.

I was especially happy to see both Mclarens and more surprisingly, both Toro Rossos in the top 10. It’s usually one or the other with those guys. Another shocker was Massa out qualifying Alonso fair and square. Their tow method seemed to backfire and Alonso had some choice words to say to the team. I’d be careful if I was him, insulting the team when the boss is around isn’t the smartest thing to do, especially given Ferrari’s track record.

 

Dom’s prediction

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1st? – Sebastian Vettel

2nd? – Mark Webber

3rd? – Felipe Massa

Comment:

Today’s qualifying (probably one of the best in the season for me) was dominated by Sebastian Vettel. ‘We weren’t expecting much from qualifying’, yeah right! But the result of the day for me was that of Nico Hulkenberg. He really showed the talent that he possesses by placing 14 spots higher up the grid than his team mate, and completely blowing people’s minds by making the top 3 in a Sauber that has been generally below par this year. Unfortunately, I doubt the car has the pace to get a good race result, but Hulkenberg has definitely stamped his authority on the F1 world, and will almost certainly be knocking on the doors of the bigger teams soon enough.

If Webber gets a decent start (like that’ll ever happen), then he could get a strong podium finish, and Massa’s pleasing qualifying along with that brilliant quote from Alonso that Massa was too quick (irony on top form) could also help him to 15 points. But for me, there is no question that this is Vettel’s race. But then again, isn’t almost every race?

 

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