Split choices for Monza tyres

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Most drivers have favoured the super-soft tyre in their selections for the upcoming Belgian and Italian Grand Prix weekends.

However Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have made more conservative choices for Spa, opting for more sets of the soft tyres. Rosberg, unlike Hamilton, has taken four sets of the medium rubber. In contrast the Ferrari drivers will have just one set each of the hardest tyres in Belgium.

The super-soft tyre is being even more strongly favoured at Monza, particularly among the Haas drivers, who have chosen nine sets of the most aggressive rubber.

Hamilton all-clear after Rosberg problems

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Lewis Hamilton’s engine for the Italian GP has been given the green light to race after a problem emerged on Nico Rosberg’s car before qualifying.

Shortly after final practice an issue with the power unit had been identified on Rosberg’s car but the cause wasn’t known at the time.

A replacement part was given to the German and he was forced to revert to an older spec engine which is down on power at F1’s most power hungry circuit.

The older engine meant that not only could Rosberg not challenge Hamilton in qualifying but was also beaten by both Ferrari’s.

The problem has since been discovered overnight as an issue with the coolant which had leaked into the power unit.

The team had been concerned that it would find something that might compromise Lewis Hamilton’s race, which could have forced him to switch too. That would have meant a pitlane start.

However, Mercedes engineers are confident that there will not be a repeat, and nothing is being changed on the world champion’s car as a result of the investigation.

Vettel slams possible Monza F1 exit

Sebastian Vettel, Italian GP 2015
Boos in previous years have turned into adulation from Ferrari
fans for Vettel (Source-Autosport)

After finishing second at the Italian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel slammed the possibility of Monza’s departure from the F1 calendar.

Organisers of the race have been locked in talks with Bernie Ecclestone over the costs for some time.

All drivers and teamed voiced their support for the race which has been on the calendar since the F1 championship’s since 1950 and with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi out in force along with Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne and increased ticket sales, organisers and fans are hopeful of a new deal.

Sebastian Vettel believes the heart would be ripped out of Formula 1 if the Italian Grand Prix was lost from the calendar “for shitty money reasons”.

“If we take this away from the calendar for any shitty money reasons, you are basically ripping our hearts out.

“The emotions here are incredible. You stand on the grid and people left and right are happy to be part of it.

“It makes our day. Thank you for this emotion.”

Vettel was provided with strong support from Hamilton who said: “This circuit is such a special one for me and all the drivers.

Hamilton takes Italian victory after investigation

Lewis Hamilton eased to victory in Italy after a being cleared by the stewards over tyre pressures.

Hamilton’s seventh victory this season puts him 53 points ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg as the German retired.

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton finished on top in all three practice sessions,
qualifying and the race

Mercedes were investigated on the grounds the tyres were below the minimum permitted pressure.
But the stewards allowed Hamilton to keep his victory after ruling Mercedes had followed safe operating procedures.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was second as Rosberg suffered an engine failure with three laps to go.
Hamilton survived a scare in the final laps when his team told him he had to drive flat out but not what the problem was.

Kimi Raikkonen went into anti-stall from second place onto the grid and slipped back to last place and was forced to fight his way back through the field where he eventually had a good recovery to fifth place.

Raikkonen would have taken sixth until Rosberg’s surprise engine failure with just a handful of laps to go.

Sebastian Vettel
The tifosi were ecstaticc to see Vettel on the podium

Engine problems hit the German during qualifying and after racing on an older engine which was on it’s sixth race he just missed out on the chequered flag.

In the championship, Hamilton now has more than 50 points ahead of his Mercedes team mate which equates to more than two race wins, the pressure is now on Rosberg to start taking wins to claw back the championship.

Sebastian Vettel is now less than a race win behind his fellow German so the fight is on for second.

Williams had a tight battle which came down to the wire and on the final lap Felipe Massa managed to fend off his team mate Valtteri Bottas to take third place.

Nico Hulkenberg won a close fight with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who was passed on the last lap for eighth by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, whose team-mate Daniil Kvyat took the final point in 10th, both Red Bulls fighting up from the back of the grid.