Fernando Alonso enjoyed every Ferrari driver’s dream debut at Monza by winning from pole position – and capping it with the fastest lap of the race.
He only made one mistake worthy of the name all race but had enough of a lead over Jenson Button to stay ahead and leap up to third in the drivers’ championship.
|Felipe Massa||Fernando Alonso|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’22.293 (+0.331)||1’21.962|
|Average race lap||1’26.581 (+0.08)||1’26.501|
Massa had a couple of off-track moments in practice. The first, at Parabolica in the second session, was the most dramatic, the Ferrari driver narrowly missing the barriers.
He took third on the grid and started well, exiting the Rettifilio side-by-side with Alonso. He might have had a chance of taking his team mate at the Roggia but he hit the rev limiter on the way out of the first chicane.
Massa kept pace with Alonso to begin with but fell two-and-a-half second behind by the time of the pit stops, consigning him to third.
A lap of 1’21.962 in qualifying sealed Alonso’s first pole position since Hungary last year.
He lost the lead to Button at the start but stayed within range of the McLaren all race. A rapid 3.4 second stop by his pit crew allowed him to run side-by-side with Button into the first corner and take the lead.
Afterwards he said the pit stop was so fast he almost hadn’t got ready to set off again:
I think there was one race where if the number was 3.4s today, I don’t remember if we did 3.2s one time. I don’t know if that was in a race situation. Obviously there is more stress etc…
Fighting for the race, knowing that our main opponent came into the pits one lap early and you have to deliver in these three seconds here in Italy with all the pressure that they have as well… As I said, I felt the pit stop was the quickest I have ever done.
As I said just now, when I saw the green light, I just put the first gear in at that moment, so physically there was no time to do all the buttons and they changed four tyres, so it was something very good and very impressive, and a big thanks to the team.
But there was a scare a few laps from home when he ran over the bumps at the first chicane:
I had Pedro [de la Rosa] in front of me for one lap and a half and then in the first chicane I thought he was letting me by and I brake a little bit late to overtake him.
Then he closed, so to avoid any risk or anything like that I said I go straight but then there were these big bumps, so I had to slow down as much as I could not to damage the car. It was a moment that maybe is better to avoid but he was there and we were lucky enough to keep the car in one piece.
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