Kimi Raikkonen has not won a Grand Prix since the 2013 season-opening Australian round in his Lotus F1 Team E21. Today in Italy, after setting the fastest lap in Formula One history, it looked like he had a real chance to add to his victory total, but all of that was thrown away on a Ferrari tire choice gamble.…
Just a few days ago, Formula One and its governing body, the FIA, announced they were extending the zones for using the sport’s drag-reduction system at several more tracks this season. Already an apparent mishap with the system sent driver Marcus Ericsson into a freak crash at Italian Grand Prix practice.
Sunday is the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s home race, so the team had a fan event in Milan this week. But Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who’s gaining on title leader Lewis Hamilton in the standings faster than most of us can gain weight on vacation, walled it during a low-speed run in front of the crowd.
Today, on Ferrari’s semi-hostile home turf, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won an easy race from pole position, finishing 4.4 seconds ahead of his Merc teammate Valtteri Bottas. This also gave Hamilton a three-point championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Monza’s giant red horde didn’t like that.
Lewis Hamilton has broken a record with his 69th pole position following today’s qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. Nice.
For Formula One teams struggling with reliability issues, qualifying can feel like the place where you can run the session, but the results don’t matter. Grid penalties will send you to the back anyway. We’re not even done with practice at Monza and four cars already have grid penalties. It’s too much. It’s been too…
If you’re having a boring Sunday—which you may be, if you started it off by watching two Mercedes teammates predictably finish top two in the Formula One Italian Grand Prix—let’s play “Make Nico Rosberg Into A Meme” with his winning photo. Ready? This is the internet. Of course you’re ready. Go!
Even if a Formula One race turns out to be as dull as watching paint dry, we can always still rely on something going wrong with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren to entertain us. Let’s savor these moments of Alonso misery just in case he rage-quits McLaren and gives Jenson Button a seat back.
Lewis Hamilton may have owned qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix, but he totally screwed the pooch at the start of the race. Mailed it in. Fell asleep. Something. (Something not good.)
Red Bull Racing F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo narrowly missed out on HIS FACE GETTING STUNG BY A GIANT FREAKIN’ WASP HOLY CRAP KILL IT WITH FIRE.
Good news! The overwhelmingly rosso corsa Italian Grand Prix will most likely stay on the calendar for the time being. However, Imola, not Monza, signed the contract with Bernie Ecclestone to host it, per Motorsport.com. Monza has hosted the Italian Grand Prix every year except one since F1's inaugural 1950 season.
“I don’t think we have to have an Italian Grand Prix,” misguided elf-king of Formula One and infinitely wrong man Bernie Ecclestone told The Daily Mail. Tifosi, it’s time to get out those pitch forks and torches. Monza—historic wonderland and Ferrari’s home race Monza—could be replaced by Las Vegas.
[It used to be a little easier to tell when Formula One cars were loaded up in a turn. Here’s Juan Manuel Fangio driving a Maserati during the 1957 Italian Grand Prix. Photo credit: Central Press/Getty Images]
Monza is a place that oozes history, so Ferrari whipped out one of their old racers for an event to coincide with the Italian Grand Prix. This shot comes courtesy of Jamey Price, who captured the old and the new parked on Monza’s famous banking at an event hosted by Ferrari and their sponsor Shell.
“If you take Monza away from the calendar for any shitty money reasons, you are basically ripping our hearts out,” Vettel said after the Italian Grand Prix. Can I get an amen? Aaaaaaamen. Preach it, Brother Vettel. Preach.
Heartbreak in unlikely cars today: Nico Rosberg’s supposedly more reliable Mercedes engine blew right up with two laps to go at the Italian Grand Prix. While it looked like it was powered by jets for a second, this meant that Rosberg had to retire out of the race. Now the team’s been called to the stewards. Huh?
Both Lotus Formula One cars were forced to retire after first lap damage at Monza, but Pastor Maldonado’s car took a slightly more significant hit, despite Did Pastor Maldonado Crash Today? not ruling it as his fault.
Why, Kimi, why? You started in second! Second! Place! The hopes and dreams of Tifosi everywhere for a win at their home Italian Grand Prix now rest solely with Sebastian Vettel and/or the potential for mechanical gremlins in Hamilton’s new power unit. Why did you stall? Why? Whyyyyy?!
If cars had pants, that is, Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso would be mooning us all.
This weekend at Monza, Alonso took to the grass outside of the super high speed Curva Grande while trying to pass Sebastian Vettel. Last year, Vettel was pushed onto the grass by Alonso on the same turn. Let's watch them side-by–side.