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Formula One - Italian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, September 9th
SITE: Autodromo Nazionale Monza (1950) -- Monza, Italy
TRACK: 5.793 km (3.6 miles), 11-turn road course
ANNUAL: 63rd
TELEVISION: SpeedChannel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Jenson Button
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 53
MILES: 190.58
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2004, (1 minute, 20.089 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2003 (1 hr., 14 min., 19.838 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Felipe Massa6
2Jenson Button37Jaime Alguersuari18
3Fernando Alonso48Paul di Resta11
4Lewis Hamilton29Bruno Senna10
5Michael Schumacher810Sebastien Buemi16
2011 Italian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 227.848 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 20 minutes, 46.172 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.590 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 15
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Lewis Hamilton, 1:26.187, Lap 52
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:22.275)
Past Italian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 227.848 kph/1:20:46.172
2010 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Ferrari -- 240.849 kph/1:16:24.572
2009 -- Rubens Barrichello (5th) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 240.670 kph/1:16:21.706
2008 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Toro Rosso -- 212.039 kph/1:26:47.494
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- McLaren -- 234.047 kph/1:18:37.806
2006 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 245.814 kph/1:14:51.975
2005 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (1st) -- McLaren -- 247.096 kph/1:14.28.659
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello (1st) -- Ferrari -- 244.374 kph/1:15:18.448
2003 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 247.585 kph/1:14:19.838
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello (4th) -- Ferrari -- 1:16:19.982
2001 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (1st) -- Williams-BMW -- 1:16:58.493
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:27:31.638
1999 -- Heinz-Harald Frentzen (2nd) -- Jordan-Honda -- 1:17:02.923
1998 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:17:09.672
1997 -- David Coulthard (6th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:17:04.609
1996 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:17:43.632
1995 -- Johnny Herbert (8th) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:18:27.916
1994 -- Damon Hill (3rd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:18:02.754
1993 -- Damon Hill (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:17:07.509
1992 -- Ayrton Senna (2nd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:18:15.349
1991 -- Nigel Mansell (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:17:54.319
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:17:57.878
1989 -- Alain Prost (4th) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:19:27.550
1988 -- Gerhard Berger (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:17:39.744
1987 -- Nelson Piquet (1st) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:14:47.707
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (6th) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:17:42.889
1985 -- Alain Prost (5th) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:17:59.451
1984 -- Niki Lauda (4th) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:20:29.065
1983 -- Nelson Piquet (4th) -- Brabham-BMW -- 1:23:10.880
1982 -- Rene Arnoux (6th) -- Renault -- 1:22:25.734
1981 -- Alain Prost (3rd) -- Renault -- 1:26:36.897
1980 -- Nelson Piquet (5th) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:38:07.52 (at Imola)
1979 -- Jody Scheckter (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:22:00.22
1978 -- Niki Lauda (4th) -- Brabham-Alfa Romeo -- 1:07:04.54
1977 -- Mario Andretti (4th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:27:50.30
1976 -- Ronnie Peterson (8th) -- March-Ford -- 1:30:35.6
1975 -- Clay Regazzoni (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:22:42.6
1974 -- Ronnie Peterson (7th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:22:56.6
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:29:17.0
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (4th) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:29:58.4
1971 -- Peter Gethin (11th) -- BRM -- 1:18:12.60
1970 -- Clay Regazzoni (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:39:06.88
1969 -- Jackie Stewart (3rd) -- Matra-Ford -- 1:39:11.26
1968 -- Denny Hulme (7th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:40:14.8
1967 -- John Surtees (9th) -- Honda -- 1:43:45.0
1966 -- Ludovico Scarfiotti (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:14.8
1965 -- Jackie Stewart (3rd) -- BRM -- 2:04:52.8
1964 -- John Surtees (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:10:51.8
1963 -- Jim Clark (3rd) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:24:19.6
1962 -- Graham Hill (2nd) -- BRM -- 2:29:08.4
1961 -- Phil Hill (4th) -- Ferrari -- 2:03:13.0
1960 -- Phil Hill (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:21:09.2
1959 -- Stirling Moss (1st) -- Cooper-Climax -- 2:04:05.4
1958 -- Tony Brooks (2nd) -- Vanwall -- 2:03:47.8
1957 -- Stirling Moss (2nd) -- Vanwall -- 2:35:03.9
1956 -- Stirling Moss (6th) -- Maserati -- 2:23:413
1955 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Mercedes -- 2:25:04.4
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Mercedes -- 2:47:47.9
1953 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (2nd) -- Maserati -- 2:49:45.9
1952 -- Alberto Ascari (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:50:45.6
1951 -- Alberto Ascari (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 2:42:39.3
1950 -- Nino Farina (3rd) -- Alfa Romeo -- 2:51:17.4
Past Italian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2010 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 12th
2008 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2007 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2006 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 2nd
2005 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 1st
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1st
2003 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 14th
2001 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 1st
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 15th
1998 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1997 -- Jean Alesi -- 2nd
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 16th
1995 -- David Coulthard -- 19th
1994 -- Jean Alesi -- 22nd
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 12th
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 13th
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 2nd
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 13th
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 10th
1987 -- Nelson Piquet -- 1st
1986 -- Teo Fabi -- 12th
1985 -- Ayrton Senna -- 3rd
1984 -- Nelson Piquet -- 16th
1983 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 25th
1982 -- Mario Andretti -- 3rd
1981 -- Rene Arnoux -- 19th
1980 -- Rene Arnoux -- 10th
1979 -- Jean Pierre Jabouille -- 14th
1978 -- Mario Andretti -- 6th
1977 -- James Hunt -- 15th
1976 -- Jacques Laffite -- 3rd
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 3rd
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 13th
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 1st
1972 -- Jacky Ickx -- 14th
1971 -- Chris Amon -- 6th
1970 -- Jacky Ickx -- 13th
1969 -- Jochen Rindt -- 2nd
1968 -- John Surtees -- 17th
1967 -- Jim Clark -- 3rd
1966 -- Mike Parkes -- 2nd
1965 -- Jim Clark -- 10th
1964 -- John Surtees -- 1st
1963 -- John Surtees -- 20th
1962 -- Jim Clark -- 21st
1961 -- Wolfgang von Trips -- 27th
1960 -- Phil Hill -- 1st
1959 -- Stirling Moss -- 1st
1958 -- Stirling Moss -- 14th
1957 -- Stuart Lewis-Evans -- 13th
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 8th
1955 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1953 -- Alberto Ascari -- 17th
1952 -- Alberto Ascari -- 1st
1951 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 10th
1950 -- Piero Taruffi -- 13th
Last Race Results
RACE: Belgian Grand Prix (August 28th)
SITE: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps -- Spa, Belgium
LAPS: 44
MILES: 191.488 (308.052 km)
WINNER: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
THIRD: Kimi Raikkonen
FOURTH: Nico Hulkenberg
FIFTH: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Jenson Button (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 29 minutes, 8.530 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 207.344 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 13.624 seconds
Italian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sebastian Vettel------------18thWon8th4thWon
Jenson Button17th3rd8th5th8th15th2nd2nd2nd
Fernando Alonso8th16th2nd19thWon4th5thWon3rd
Lewis Hamilton------------2nd7th12th23rd4th
Michael SchumacherWon2nd10thWon---------9th5th
Mark Webber7th9th14th10th9th8th20th6th20th
Nico Rosberg---------22nd6th14th16th5th23rd
Kimi Raikkonen4th19th4th2nd3rd9th3rd------
 
Mover of the Week
Nico Rosberg - Started in the 23rd position and finished 11th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Fernando Alonso
Darkhorse - Felipe Massa
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Schumacher) - Finished 7th
 
NOTES:
Sebastian Vettel recorded his second Italian win in the past four seasons last year, as defeated Jenson Button by almost 10 seconds.

Vettel started on the pole, but to the crowd's delight, Fernando Alonso charged from fourth to take the lead from the Red Bull Racing driver in the first corner of the opening lap.

Just after Alonso took the lead, a multi-car crash occurred when Nico Rosberg, Vitaly Petrov, Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi made contact, prompting the deployment of the safety car. When the race resumed on lap four, Vettel chased down Alonso and then overtook him for the lead on the following lap.

Vettel never looked back from there, as he crossed the finish line 9.59 seconds ahead of Jenson Button from McLaren. Vettel, who currently stands in second place, 24 points behind Fernando Alonso, has recorded four straight top-five finishes, but has just one win this season. In 2011, Vettel had 11 wins en route to the world championship for the second straight year.

Current points leader Alonso became a multiple Italian Grand Prix champion in 2010, as he outlasted Button by 2.938 seconds for his 24th career F1 title.

It was a dramatic win for Alonso, has he won on Ferrari's home track at Monza. Alonso started on the pole but endured a sluggish start when McLaren's Button passed him for the lead heading into the first chicane on the opening lap. But the two-time F1 world champion from Spain reclaimed the top spot with 15 laps remaining when he exited the pits quick enough to beat Button's on-coming car on the track. Alonso pitted one lap after Button. The victory was one of five in 2010, as he finished second on the points list.

Button, sixth on the current points list, has placed second the past three seasons in Italy.

When Vettel won in 2008, he became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula One race. He put on a dominating performance in the rain-soaked Italian Grand Prix. The then 21-year-old German driver started on the pole and relinquished the lead only when he pitted twice. Vettel recorded his first F1 victory in his 22nd Grand Prix start. 2007 champion Fernando Alonso held the previous record of youngest Formula One winner when he captured the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003. Alonso was 22 years old at the time.

Alonso defeated Lewis Hamilton in 2007 by over six seconds to capture his first Italian Grand Prix. After posting only two top-10 finishes at this race in his previous five appearances, Alonso dominated this time around, as he became the fifth pole sitter to win this race in the last eight years.

In 2006, Michael Schumacher captured the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the fifth time. The No.5 Ferrari crossed the finish line 8.046 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Then, in the post-race press conference he announced his retirement from racing. The victory was Schumacher's sixth of seven 2006 titles. Schumacher, winless since his return, has 91 career wins, 40 more than Alain Prost.

The Italian Grand Prix, now in its 63rd year, is the longest standing Formula One race on the schedule. It has taken place at its current location, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, on all but one of those occasions. This historic track is another favorite for most of the team personnel, thanks to the electric atmosphere created by Ferrari's fans - the tifosi. After Hockenheim, Monza is the quickest track on the F1 circuit. The track was built in the Royal park in 1922 and features a two- track layout, a normal road course and a banked oval. Monza has hosted the World Championship- deciding race 12 times, more than any other circuit, but not since 1979 when Jody Scheckter clinched it for Ferrari and became the last Italian World Champion.

In 1960, Phil Hill became the first American to win a Grand Prix, when he crossed the finish line ahead of the field at the Italian Grand Prix. In 1961, Hill actually clinched the title at Monza, but only after his team-mate, Wolfgang von Trips and 12 spectators were tragically killed.

Jackie Stewart had his first ever Grand Prix victory at Monza in 1965, and in 1966, Ludovico Scarfiotti led home a Ferrari one-two.

The pole sitter has dominated this race in recent years. Dating back to 2000, the driver on the pole has won nine times in 12 starts, including two straight and four of the last five. Only once in the history of this race has someone from outside the top-10 captured the checkered flag. Peter Gethin accomplished the feat in 1971, when he started 11th.

The September 23 Singapore Grand Prix is the next Formula One race. Sebastian Vettel is the defending race winner.

09/04 18:33:59 ET

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