F1, Italian Grand Prix: Best Races of Ferrari at Monza
Formula One Racing has turned towards the Italian Grand Prix and with eight races remaining in the calendar, the championship battle is perfectly poised. Mercedes and Ferrari have been playing tug of war all year long with both, drivers’, as well as constructors’, championships and it, is yet unclear who would end the season on top.
The Maranello based team have sixteen Formula One constructors’ championships to their name, but their stronghold over Monza is equally impressive. Due to the 18 F1 victories that the Scuderia have clinched in Italy, they have given the Tifosi plenty to cheer about.
The lack of wins by the red team at Monza in the recent years has been worrisome. However, the Prancing Horse showed in Belgium that they possess the speed to win, waiting to be unleashed at their home Grand Prix. A close battle between the two championship rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, can be expected at the fastest circuit on the calendar.
Reminiscing the glory years of Ferrari, here is a list of five memorable Monza wins that they have secured over the years:
#5 2010 Italian Grand Prix
2010 was the last year that Ferrari tasted success at Monza, with both their drivers on the podium as Fernando Alonso bagged a win. The Spaniard scored a hat-trick to top off a well-rounded performance by the entire team. However, the victory did not come as easy as it sounds.
Alonso claimed pole, and Jenson Button’s Mclaren separated him from the teammate, Felipe Massa on the starting grid. At the start, Button overtook Fernando and stayed ahead till the first round of pit stops, despite the Spaniard following at the McLaren’s heels throughout.
When the Briton came in for a tyre change on lap 36, Alonso pushed his older tyres to the limit for one lap before he came in himself. The risk paid off and the overcut was successful, with both the drivers rejoining the track together as the Ferrari held the advantage.
The Grand Prix concluded in the same order with Massa completing the podium in third place.