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. Rahzam said on 15th September 2008, 5:21

    I agree with Ponzonha. This is the way Hamilton drive. He always close the door half way to throw the other drive out of his way. And remember this was not last time, he will do the same again. Habit is habit.

  2. cyanide said on 15th September 2008, 6:56

    Keith, 3 of the 4 videos have been taken down :( . I think it’s time The Pirate Bay started a video hosting service :)

  3. I loved Vettel’s quip at Hamilton: “we showed we have the balls”. I think Hammy’s car was far better in the rain, which also calls into question Kova’s performance. Hammy’s McLaren looked unbeatable at times, and he found so much more grip and traction. It was almost unfair to the other drivers who weren’t given a chance to fight for their positions. That’s not racing in my mind… not the kind of passing I want to see. I want to see real fights… not someone taking candy from a baby and then bragging about it after the race.

  4. Looking at how the drivers improved from their starting positions, and allowing for the conditions too, Massa actually stayed put by the end of the race, and although he didn’t have to move to get points, I was expecting him to at least get a podium place. Hammy gained 8(?) places, after a lot of serious driving and overtaking – and I thought we all like to see agressive driving? Kovy was disappointing as he didn’t really challenge for the top spot, but again, as long as he was second he did some good. Kimi ought to have followed, and even led Hammy through the field, but didn’t! He could have improved a lot when everyone changed to inters, but seemed to give up.
    I also have to question the weather forecasting, which appeared to be wildly inaccurate for the second part of the race. Was anybody there? Did it rain once the race was over?
    Also, I had watched the Saturday GP2 race beforehand, and in that race most of the cars missed the chicanes at least once during the race, and didn’t appear to wait for the next corner before they challenged again. Does GP2 use the same rules as F1? Does it use the same Stewards? I was impressed by the good manners of the F1 drivers though, presumably since they were under orders from the teams and had a talking to from Old Charlie?

  5. Jolene said on 15th September 2008, 9:14

    Congrats to Vettel for his maiden win. He drove an excellent race and deserves all the adoration. To all the on-line stewards, Hamilton drove fearlessly and gave us some exciting overtaking, please dont ruin it with speculation on his motives and manners, this is what fans want. Why the heck did Ferrari sign Kimi for another year when clearly there are talent overflowing elsewhere? Very lacklustre performance from him once again. I do not like Massa very much but at least he has the will to win.

  6. 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…

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. What a desperate move by bloody Hamilton mates!

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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