Italian Grand Prix (Monza)

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The early half of the race really was possibly the most entertaining of the season. 

I’m not sure what to think about Luizzi losing it at the start, other than EEEK!  He wasn’t the only driver to get caught out by the tarmac ending on the straight just before turn 1 during the weekend.  It would’ve been interesting to see how Rosberg compared to Schumi since the old timer had such an awesome race.

A rocket start and then boom goes the rookie!

Schumi’s typical good start and then holding of Hamilton for as long as he did was great to watch.  I think I could’ve watched Hamilton struggle to pass Schumi on the straights all day.  Some people find Schumacher’s method of defending to be a violation of the rules on number of moves.  And I’ll admit it was probably pretty rude.  But the Mercedes had almost 15km/h on the McLaren on the straights without DRS, while the other would catch up in the corners.  It would’ve been more entertaining if instead of telling Schumi to move over, Hamilton would’ve been required to use a backmarker as a pick.  And then Button passed them both (brilliant) during a commercial break (sigh, again).

It’s a bit sad to have Webber’s accidents (hitting Massa then into the tire wall) corresponded with Vettel’s attempt to pass Alonso and then actually passing him.  And amazingly they didn’t replay that pass more than once!  Jeebus, the kid started it with one wheel in the dirt!  Then just pulled away with an apparent 10+km/h deficit in top speed compared to the Ferrari’s. 

I think I’ll watch this on repeat all day.

Is Kobayashi cursed, in a bad car, or reckless?  He’s lost a lot of front wings this year.  Alguesuari once again scored when starting from 18th.  di Resta had another nice race and scored more points, as did Senna.  It’s fun watching the rookies handle the mid-pack.

Some last thoughts…

Hobbs was well into the sherry today and I swear he was saying Lezbos all day.  The requirement to stay sober is probably why he’ll never be the driver’s steward.

“Remember when Alonso was evil?”  Yes and he should be buying Hamilton whatever it is he’s taking so that Lewis can maintain his high levels of doucheness.

Button is turning out to have a very quiet, stellar year.  It may just be him acting is Whamilton’s foil, but his calm nearly calculated racing has certainly given him some really excellent results.

2.9second pit stops?  Really?  Whoa.  During pre-race someone claimed that if each of the workers in the Red Bull pit did their personal best, the stop time would be 2.2seconds.  That’s insane and fun to watch, but I still miss refueling.

Alcohol content: medium (Guinness and homebrew)

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