Start, Monza, 2013

Race rating slump continues at Italian Grand Prix

2013 Italian Grand PrixPosted on Author Tom Taylor

Start, Monza, 2013The Italian Grand Prix, like the previous race in Belgium, did not get a high score from F1 Fanatic readers in Rate the Race.

No one looked likely to get on terms with Sebastian Vettel during the race – only when Red Bull noticed a problem with his gearbox in the closing stages did his sixth win of the season come under threat. And it gave him a lead in the championship which, with seven races remaining, is starting to look unassailable.

The potential interest in Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drivers also failed to produce much excitement.

Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers made of the Italian Grand Prix:

Leader off into the distance, Ferrari strategy failure, recovery drives from ‘championship contenders’ that led to respectively two and zero points, bunching up and ‘DRSing’ – standard race in terms of excitement, but the final death blow for the championship (Vettel’s lead is more than two race wins now).

Very good job by the top five, I feel sorry for Alonso, it looks like from here the only thing he can achieve is second (at best), Vettel is going to win the rest of the races.

At least I hope we see some good fights.

The first half was average at best, but Hamilton and Raikkonen being out of place on particular created some nice on-track action.

Webber was nicely pressurising Alonso and the tension with the Red Bull gearboxes added a nice spice to the end of the race.

Still an easy win though, and the championship is just going further and further towards Vettel. 53 points now.

While not a lot was happening at the front the midfield produced some interest:

Raikkonen smashing into the back of Perez at the first corner: If I didn?t see that it was car seven I?d definitely assume it was Grosjean, it?s the type of mistake Grosjean would get lambasted for but in this race he was pretty solid, he drove cleanly and made tidy passes on the McLarens and were it not for that botched pit stop he?d be in seventh ahead of Ricciardo. Role reversal between the Lotus drivers anyone?

That aside, the midfield scrap kept the race alive.

I thought the midfield battles kept it exciting. Being a Ricciardo fan it was nail biting to see Hamilton chew his way through to 9th, and Hulkenberg had a great drive as well. So there was enough there at the end to keep me completely interested, although the middle stint made my attention wane a little.

The race sagged in the middle, but the initial and final laps did feature some close racing and hard-fought battles. Excellent recovery drives by Raikkonen and Hamilton were a treat to watch, as was the slow-burn tension of Red Bull’s mechanical problems, and the melee in the midfield as always.

And there were the usual mixed views on what DRS contributed to the race:

[DRS] still produced too many boringly unexciting highway passes for my liking.

When you had a couple of cars in a line it didn?t do much as they all hit the rev-limiters in the tow but when you have just two cars alone its still too effective more often than not.

A couple of the DRS passes (especially with Hamilton towards the end) would have been done without DRS so it’s not needed.

DRS was right, tyres were right. Some good overtakes, the midfield was pretty competitive with Raikkonen and Hamilton thrown in there.

Glad Toro Rosso and Sauber caught a good weekend here and made the whole thing a bit less boring. Otherwise, pretty average at the front, not much different than what happened at Spa really. Some rain probably would have helped.

But to be honest I?d be very surprised if the forthcoming races up to Abu Dhabi will deliver results of a different nature. This is probably as good as this end of the season is going to get, bar Yas Marina, COTA and Interlagos (races which probably won?t matter in the economy of the drivers’ and constructors’ championships anyway.

Not for the first time this year the race ended with the crowd booing the winner, which provoked some strong views:

I can?t say this enough. Booing is never acceptable. Worse than Vettel dominating the season is the fact that none of the teams are going public and saying their fans should not be booing the winner.

Ferrari which fans are the first to boo, probably the worse fans I have ever seen in my life, and I?m ashamed of being one. This behaviour needs to stop and I firmly believe all the teams need to campaign for treating the winner with the respect they deserve.
Andre Furtado (@F1Andy83)

It didn?t turn out to be a big battle for the lead. I don?t think every race needs super action drama to be good to watch. The only thing I didn?t like was the booing Vettel. I?m no Vettel fan, but come on!

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