2010 Monza Grand Prix – Race Report

A fairly uneventful race at Monza although one of the Championship candidates was forced to retire on the first lap.

The Top-10:

Fernando Alonso fell behind Button during the start but regained the lead to finish 1st during the pit-stops. Massa was 3rd.

Sebastian Vettel held out until very final lap to make his only pit-stop and finished 4th. Mark Webber had to struggle after another terrible start but was able to gain positions and finally finished 6th.

A good day for Mercedes GP. Nico Rosberg drove a solid race, finishing 5th, and even Michael Schumacher was up to pace by finishing 9th. In the same vein, the extremely unbalanced Nico Hülkenberg drove a surprisingly solid race, finishing 7th and with team-mate Barrichello finishing 10th it was a good day for Williams.

The Lone Pole, Robert Kubica, finished 8th.

The Golden Pineapple Award: Sebastian Buemi (Toro Rosso) – Buemi rises to the shared second place (with Schumacher and team-mate Alguersuari) on the Pineapple Chart with two pineapple victories to his name. Scuderia Toro Rosso rises to a shared first place on the pineapple chart with Sauber. Toro Rosso was all over the place today but maybe they’ll be able to pull themselves together for the next race.

Drop-out count: 4

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton‘s race ended on the first lap which was quite unexpected. Lewis hit Massa’s rear-wheel and broke the suspension on his right-front wheel causing him to slide off the track soon afterwards. This also meant that Mark Webber is now the championship leader with a difference of five points.

Kamui Kobayashi, Jarno Trulli and Bruno Senna all retired due to technical malfunctions.

Back of the Lot News:

The Virgin team was surprisingly the best out of the new teams though with Lucas Di Grassi as the last driver of the bunch, it was Timo Glock who tenaciously managed to keep Heikki Kovalainen behind him.

The definite losers at the Back of the Lot were definitely the Hispania Team cars with Senna out for the count and Sakon Yamamoto finishing second-to-last. Also, one of the HRT mechanic had to be taken away by ambulance from the pit-lane. Apparently HRT’s lollipop man raised the sign-poll too early while a mechanic was still adjusting Yamamoto’s radio and the man took a hit and a fall. The pit-lane was closed momentarily because of the incident but the mechanic remained conscious and wasn’t in any life-threatening danger (HRT was fined by the stewards after the race).