F1 » Grosjean looking forward to racing rather than spectating


Romain Grosjean admits that he cannot wait to get on track at Monza, having missed last year's Italian Grand Prix.

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f138

September 01, 2013 11:03 AM

With the introduction of the new tyres helping most teams maybe apart from F/India Lotus may have lost that advantage of being able to look after its tyres better than the rest ,as teams like Mercedes can now run a whole race without ruining its tyres.

It could be a hard second part of the season for Grosjean and Kimi.

richard

September 01, 2013 12:29 PM

f138. NO team has found it possible to run a whole race without ruining their tyre. even the cars that are kinder to their tyres, are still finding a fall off of around 2-3 secs a lap! apart from that, it would be against the rules to do a race on one set of tyres!

and didn't merc have a two stopper at spa? I wonder why, if they could have run the full race on one set?

JJJ

September 01, 2013 2:37 PM

I think the Renault engined teams will again find the going a bit tough at Monza. Last year the best Renault in qualifying was Vettel in 6th and in the race Kimi was 5th. They might luck out a bit as McLaren are so slow this year it's questionable if the Merc engine is enough to pull them ahead even at Monza but otoh, Mercedes will likely be stronger than last year and the Ferrari's are going to be good as well.

I doubt Vettel will be on pole, which means he can't pull away from the start and will end up somewhere like 3rd or 4th. I predict the Lotus guys will end up in the bottom half of the top 10 barring any freak accidents or a high number of retirements from the usual suspects.

Firestorm

September 01, 2013 6:44 PM

I remember that Vettel managed to win at Monza having the lowest top speed of all on the grid back in 2011. He gambled with a short gearbox and was able to reach his top speed sooner than any other driver could manage at the same fraction of time. So at every corner exit he was faster than anyone and not only managed to get pole, he overtook Alonso on the road in the first few laps. I wonder if that could work again.

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