Schumacher passes Alonso and more Monza moments

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monza, 2011

Schumacher tries to pass Alonso at the Rettifilio

Michael Schumacher’s off-track pass on Fernando Alonso at the Rettifilio was not shown during the race

But footage of the moment was captured by a fan at the first corner.

See that and more in this collection of the best fans’ videos from Monza.

The banking

The past merges with the present at Monza. Spectators at the first turn look over the old banking towards turn one:

HRT pit stop practice

HRT have been losing more time in the pits than any other team. But they keep on practising:

The start

This side-on view of the top four cars shows how good Fernando Alonso’s start was and how poor Jenson Button’s was. The Ferrari was past the McLaren before they reached the starting line.

Alonso grabs the lead at the first corner, prompting a cheer from the crowd:

The first-lap crash

Heading to the first corner, Vitantonio Liuzzi makes sure the HRT pit crew don’t have to worry about changing his tyres:

The restart

As the race gets going again, Vettel chases Alonso into Parabolica but Lewis Hamilton has fallen into Schumacher’s clutches:

Webber’s Red Bull

Mark Webber crashed at the Parabolica early on in the race. Here’s video of his car afterwards

Schumacher (briefly) passes Alonso

While the TV cameras were showing replays of Webber’s crash, Schumacher briefly got ahead of Alonso.

As this video shows, he ran too deep into the Rettifilio chicane on lap six, cutting the corner and passing the Ferrari.

Having cut the corner he let Alonso past again. As the world feed cut back from replays Schumacher was attacking Alonso again at the della Roggia chicane:


Plenty of passing going on in the DRS zone heading to Ascari:

The podium

Monza surely has the best podium in Formula 1. Here’s footage of Alonso celebrating with the crowd:

From hospitality

It pays to be connected. Here’s some well-edited footage from the hospitality suite adjacent to the start/finish line. Includes some great close-ups of the drivers pre-race:

So far it seems no-one captured any footage of Felipe Massa, Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Buemi colliding at the della Roggia on lap five.

If you’ve found or shot footage of that, or any other action from Monza, please share it by email, using Twitter or leave a comment below.

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82 comments on Schumacher passes Alonso and more Monza moments

  1. ALO vs MSC from Schumi’s onboard

  2. ob1kenobi.23 (@ob1kenobi23) said on 14th September 2011, 2:36

    I wonder if any of you guys are like me, spitting hellfire & brimstone at the tv director.
    When a car retires we have to watch while he finds a nice parking spot, has a conversation with the pits, slowly removes the steering wheel & gets out,slowly replaces the steering wheel, has a chat with the marshalls while he waits for his taxi & then watch him travel back to the pits or walks if it is convenient.
    If the retirement is in the pits, we have to watch while the car is manouversd in pit lane, slowly reversed into the garage, endure the same driver exit strategy & watch them have a debrief & anice cup of tea.
    In the mean time we’ve missed anything thats happened on track.
    My cardiologist is having night mares, says he’s going to have to redo the plumbing job he’s already done once.
    OK, I exagerate, but not by much.

  3. Wow, it looks like hamilton and vettel make good starts from that camera angle. The BBC broadcast looking down the main straight made it seem like they both got off poorly, however, alonso just shot off the line like a missile!

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th September 2011, 13:30

      The front perspective we get from the FOM footage doesn’t really give you an appreciation of the start. It’s a shame, but I guess it would be difficult to cover the entire field from elsewhere.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th September 2011, 13:29

    I have a nice 10 minute video I could share of the pit-lane walk. I’ll sort it out tonight.

    Some fantastic footage above. Monza really is the place if you’re a fan!

  5. ob1kenobi.23 (@ob1kenobi23) said on 17th September 2011, 23:34

    The approach speed of the cars to Ascari seen at this this level makes you realise just how special these guys are. The commitment had me awestruck.

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