F1: Italian Grand Prix in six words

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, September 14th, 2008

 
 

A brilliant first victory by Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest man ever to win a grand prix, has made up for a lot of the disappointment felt by fans following Spa. To get an effort-free low-down on how everyone else did, read on.

The race started behind the safety car

The race started behind the safety car

Overall race report

Will be remembered for right reasons

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel
Brilliant and well-deserved race victory
2. Heikki Kovalainen
Potential winner failed to impress – again
3. Robert Kubica
He recovered best from poor qualifying
4. Fernando Alonso
Quietly made most of tempestuous race
5. Nick Heidfeld
Feisty performance that gained him points
6. Felipe Massa
Low profile – started sixth, finished sixth
7. Lewis Hamilton
Partially compensated for his awful qualifying
8. Mark Webber
Must be eyeing 2009 with trepidation
9. Kimi Raikkonen
Decisively waved goodbye to the championship
10. Nelson A Piquet
Has he ever considered endurance racing?
11. Timo Glock
More proof he deserves Toyota drive
12. Kazuki Nakajima
Eventful race climaxed in late contact
13. Jarno Trulli
Reliable old hand’s rare off-day
14. Nico Rosberg
Needed oxygen while fifth on grid
15. Jenson Button
Was he spotted once or twice?
16. David Coulthard
Today just wasn’t about him, sadly
17. Rubens Barrichello
Repeated tyre gambles showed team’s desperation
18. Sebastien Bourdais
Only heartless couldn’t feel for him
19. Adrian Sutil
Held his own, best he could
DNF: Giancarlo Fisichella
Nosecone disintegrated and off he went

Teams

1. Toro Rosso
Best day of their racing career
2. McLaren
Should have challenged leader – and failed
3. BMW Sauber
Consolidated their drivers’ and constructors’ places
4. Renault
Alonso drove tank onto Toyota’s lawn
5. Ferrari
Outclassed by customer team at Monza
6. Red Bull
Outclassed by B team – full stop
7. Toyota
An off-day for midfield leaders
8. Williams
Couldn’t make rain opportunity pay off
9. Honda
Invisible in the murk of mediocrity
10. Force India
Nearly succeeding in making some impact

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