Sebastian Vettel has broken the youngest pole-sitter in F1 with today’s P1 performance at the Italian Grand Prix.While difficult wet conditions throwing many teams off their game, Vettel drive remarkably and placed his Scuderia Toro Rosso car on pole ahead of the Varsity team Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.
It appeared that Lewis Hamilton gambled on intermediate tires early in Q2 and the time it took to attempt this pass, was too much as the rain came harder and foiled any chance the Britain had at making it to Q3.Â As weith all gambles, sometimes your the heroa nd sometimes you’re not.Â As for Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen failed to get a decent lap in the first part of Q2 and was faced with the same deluge that caught Lewis Hamilton out of the Q3.Â Stefano Domenicali aid traffic and rain were the key factors in what proved to be a frenetic weekend for the Scuderia. Interestingly, I would have expected Felipe Massa to capitalize on Lewis’s misfortune by snatching pole but he could manage no better than 6th. A position that may just prove to be a blessing to Lewis and his title hopes if the young Brit can manage to catch him through race tactics.
Although happy for Scuderia Toro Ross (STR), Ron Dennis couldn’t help himself from taking the piss out of their performance saying:
“Many drivers drove today with a lot of downforce,” Dennis suggested after the session. “That will not do them much good tomorrow.
Thanks Ron. How about a congratulations and leave it at that. By the way, Vettel is much more mature and level headed than your protege with the press, interviews and ego so you focus on your guys mouth while Berger/Horner focuses on Vettel’s pace. I think Lewis will be seeing more of this kid than he wants to in few years time. Presumably his red taillight as he is better than Lewis in the wet.
The final results are:
Honorably mention has to go to Le Seb and Nico for a job well done as well as Toyota for capitalizing on wet conditions to come back from what has been two bad Grands Prix in the last few weeks.