Overtaking galore at wet Monza (Video)

Wet weather made the Monza F1 race a feast of overtaking

Wet weather made the Monza F1 race a feast of overtaking

It doesn’t usually rain on the Italian Grand Prix but the wet surface at Monza – just as at Silverstone and Spa – gave us some excellent racing.

Here’s video of some of the best passes and key incidents involving Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli, David Coulthard and others:

Lewis Hamilton passes Giancarlo Fisichella, Kimi Raikkonen and others

Lewis Hamilton passed car after car in the early stages of the race. Here are some of his moves.

Jarno Trulli passes Robert Kubica, Felipe Massa passes Mark Webber

Trulli lunged past Kubica at the Della Roggia chicane – but Kubica’s perfectly timed pit stop meant he ended up back in front of the Toyota in third while Trulli finished out of the points.

Massa changed onto standard wet tyres a lap before Webber and used that to pass him on the approach to Ascari. Webber spun as they came out of the bend.

Italian Grand Prix incidents

Here’s some of the moves that didn’t work. Fisichella crashed after hitting David Coulthard’s Red Bull. Hamilton put Timo Glock wide, Jenson Button and Nelson Piquet banged wheels, and Coulthard collided with Kazuki Nakajima.

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50 comments on Overtaking galore at wet Monza (Video)

  1. I do like aggressive driving. I love how Hamilton managed to climb from 15 to 2. But the point is that he passed flawlessly and without dirty tricks from his rivals. Even Raikkonen let him away without playing rude moves (and I would have expected Raikkonnen to teach him what smashed balls are). But when Hamilton is about to be passed, he plays a different game, that’s what I am pointing out…

  2. Ponzonha – as does Alonso, as does Kimi, as does Massa, as does everybody else you can think of. Its called racing.

  3. Ponzonha, one thing you failed to take into account is what Lewis himself said, the racing line was dry by the time Webber tried the overtaking and Lewis was steering left just to follow that dry line into the chicane, completely within his right as the first car. That makes a huge difference to the overtaking in the wet when there were no clear lines. And just imagine, what would be peoples opinion be if the roles were reversed, Lewis would get so much stick for running into Webbers rear tires, perhaps even a penalty for going straight through the chicane;)

    Anyway McLaren screwed up the tire choice once more, perhaps due to inaccurate forecast. With intermediates Lewis would consolidate a podium finish just like Kubica, perhaps even a memorable win. Takes nothing away from Vettel though, he was outstanding. Somebody mentioned that he is more of a Mercedes guy than Ferrari, that would be sweet but is there any ground for that?

  4. What can you expect, Hamilton is very agressive these days as he needs to prove something and redeem himself to Maclaren and Ron for the failure to win the WDC last year. He’d rather take out other drivers than to loose this WDC again. He’s such a reckless driver and a rude one.

  5. Jolene said on 15th September 2008, 9:47

    @ #21 : I respect everyone’s opinion, its just that last weekend when Kimi defended his line very aggressively it was all good and I agree, its his right to defend it but when Hamilton does it people are ready to take up arms. It irks me no end. Lets compare all the drivers the same way.

  6. What a desperate move by bloody Hamilton mates!

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th September 2008, 10:15

    DG – about the second weather prediction, the forecasts we were looking at on the live blog were saying there wasn’t going to be a second big rain shower.

    Cyanide – What can you do eh? Have added some new ones.

  8. Thanks Kieth, I wonder if the teams now regret using the ‘official’ forecaster and will go back to using their own?

  9. CD,
    I wonder where you were when kimi drove Hamilton off track, I don’t remember you commenting on that. Now Hamilton gave Webber a cars width, but Webber was trying to turn in and you go bashing. We had a great race yesterday, full of marvelous overtaking and close racing, yet all you can come post here is a single driver bashing.
    Why didn’t you talk about Coulthard almost taking Nakajima off the track or Season as a whole.

  10. It’s not only me who’s noticing Hamilton’s driving style. Yeah, lots of overtaking were seen yesterday. a lot of them were good but some of them were bad. why can’t you just accept the fact that hammy’s driving style is dangerous like that of Montoya? hurt? don’t be, it’s just a sport mate.

    oh and by the way, i was maybe at the bathroom when kimi almost took hammy off track. Sorry I wasn’t able to see that. i guess kimi found his balls again.

  11. I hear a lot of these “bad manner” comments about Lewis and they are true even Martin Brundle made the point on one of his manouveres, can’t remember which.

    Would be more fascinating to see how the rest of the drivers will treat Hamilton the next time he is overtaking them or being overtaken himself. Nobody likes a big mouth especially one who shows no class in his post-race interviews. Unfortunately for Lewis while he is busy playing up to the British Press he is managing to **** every other driver off in the paddock so it will make an interesting end to this season to see their reactions.

  12. I totally agree with you Rabi. i am a ferrari fan especially Kimi’s. But because Massa is so conceited/loud mouth or big mouth like Hamilton as you call it, I would rather cheer for Vettel than him. Sorry for the off topic Keith.

    But the race yesterday was really awsome. lots of great overtaking. a really great race to remember.

  13. i would not rather take the season as a whole, coz i might be counting all Hammy’s bad moves.

    Note: i’m not a Hammy hater, just don’t want Big Mouth.

    Lalalala lala, Big Mouth Strikes again! – The Smiths.

  14. Shahriar said on 15th September 2008, 12:37

    After reading the comments…
    am quie sure this guy Hammy is surely going to be one of the most Hatred guy in the world in a few years….

    I do support he showed bad manners, btw…

  15. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th September 2008, 13:13

    Shahriar – earlier article on that here: The most hated man in Formula 1

  16. mail123456 said on 15th September 2008, 14:50

    some drivers complains about Hamilton driving:
    http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080915141257.shtml

  17. I don’t know if I’d describe Hamilton as driving with “bad manners”, rather he was uncompromising. But then so was Raikkonen just last weekend at Spa. Or has everyone forgotten this?

    After last weekends crazy retrospective penalty I think both Hamilton and Vettel’s driving gave the sport a big boost personally.

  18. mail123456: its not just “some” drivers complaining, its once again Alonso badmouting his former team”mate”. Now I wonder who has no class in his postrace interviews.

  19. OK, Hamilton… “a big boost personally”. Well, we will see when others drivers make the same bad moves against him.

  20. Teles

    Check out the start to Spa 2007:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUe-HHDXkak

    Alonso sends ‘team-mate’ Hamilton off the track as his strategy for ensuring Lewis doesn’t pass him. Look carefully (try!) and you’ll first see Alonso weaving away into Lewis off the grid, but gives up trying to send him off track there as he would have lost the corner at La Rouge to others behind. Who spoke up for Alonso’s driving at the start? Raikkonen. Quote ‘seemed fine to me.’

    I think you’ll find there’s ‘history’ to the way LH treats some (or all) drivers now.

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