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Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel edges Lewis Hamilton for top spot in second practice at Monza.

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MattF1

September 09, 2011 3:08 PM
Last Edited 1086 days ago

Merc are looking pretty brisk this weekend.

I know it's only FP2 but still on the low fuel runs Schumi was only 3 tenths off of Vettel's pace and better than the Ferrari's and the heavy fuel load runs looked reasonably competitive as well.

The Merc, with its brilliant engine and having the highest straight line speed on the grid could do well in Monza and have another solid weekend.

I think Schumi can get a top 5 grid position and then anything can happen in the race!

richard

September 09, 2011 3:14 PM

matt. to temper your praise... if you were listening to morris hamilton and ant, you will have heard them talking about schumi going well off course to gain time. he had all four wheels over the white line, which, had it been quali, would have been penalised. as this is only practice, it is better to wait for quali to get a more accurate assessment of progress, and even that will not be representative of race pace for a number of reasons. full load running is the mercs downfall as they have a high c of g.

Enrico B - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 4:25 PM

I have been following motorsport since the 60 s
I have seen only 2 drivers pushing their car like Hamilton
One was J. Clarke , the second was Senna and they are not here to tell the story.
He is the reason why i watch formula 1 at the moment.
But i fear for his safety, because he pushes the mc laren behind its limit in order to compete with the red bull.
In utopia i would like he and Vettol in the same team without Horner giving team orders.
TV ratings around the world would go throu the roof.
would not that be good for the sport?

What do you boys(girls) think?
Regards
Enrico

MattF1

September 09, 2011 4:41 PM
Last Edited 1086 days ago

@Richard

I'm afraid you are incorrect.

First of all, Ant wasn't even there, it was just Maurice Hamilton - who isn't even a racing driver!

Schumi takes a wide exit at the corner before the run down to the ascari chicane I think it is. If anything it adds time as he goes of the circuit and wider than some others in order to get a better exit.

However, if you were watching, you would have noticed many others doing the same thing, such as Felipe Massa. I remember watching the race last year were most of the drivers did the same thing.

I don't know where you got that it would be penalised in quali, that's just utter rubbish, hahaha.

I do love how you will say anything to detract from a good performance by Schumi though.

pitstops3

September 09, 2011 5:28 PM
Last Edited 1086 days ago

Richard,Ant was not even commentating did you not listen to it?,Richard why don't you just give it a rest now and just accecpt that Schumie really is the greatest driver ever.

richard

September 09, 2011 5:32 PM

matt. sorry, i thought it was ant. my error. but your comment on the corner is incorrect. by going wider, you can maintain a higher speed both through and coming out of the corner. and yes, there is a rule about driving with all four wheels off the circuit, and it was brought in to avoid any driver gaining by such a move. if you listened, you will have heard that charlie whiting would penalise four wheels over the white line, in quali. in fp, there is of course no penalty. schumi will not be as competitive tomorrow. wait an see, and i bet he wond drive outside of the circuit in quali!!

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