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Italy 2008 - Free Practice 1 // Back to back action sees Monza step up as host of the next round

Published by Christine

Whoever sorts out the calendar really needs to have a good, long, hard think. I know you can't predict things like this latest Hamilton-gate, but to have such a gap after the snooze-fest of Valencia, and then be thrust into another race weekend before we've digested Spa is just, plain wrong. Also, back to back races, can we stop doing those? I don't think there's enough unnamed energy drink in the world.

Anyway, Free Practice 1 is upon us, whether I like it or not, and so we must look forward. It looks like there's less chance of rain today than was earlier predicted, although there could be thunderstorms at some point before qualifying tomorrow. As ever, the weather keeps us guessing, but it's not as likely to be raining as it was at Spa.

The teams tested at Monza very recently, just before the Belgium GP, so Friday could be a quiet day for us. The morning, in particular, will probably be lacking in action, as everyone keeps their cards close to their chest, and doesn't feel the need to get any extra running in.

We've got a few drivers that need to have a good weekend. Heidfeld finally appears to have pulled his socks up and improved his performance, but it looks like the BMW bosses still haven't made up their minds (waiting on Alonso, perhaps), so he still needs to work hard. Likewise, team mate Kubica has said that he might just still be thinking about the championship, despite the massive point deficit he holds to the leader at the moment. I guess if Räikkönen won't give up until the end, and Kubica above him on points at the moment, it's only fair for the BMW to keep up the challenge.

It will be interesting to see who appears to have the upper hand at this track. Previous form would suggest that Ferrari will be stronger, but McLaren have been super fast recently, and Hamilton is apparently very hyped to do well after the penalty in Spa.

For our viewing delight today, we have the ITV live stream, and F1.com's Live Timing, if it's in a good mood and feels like working. There are other links on our Formula 1 on the Internet page, and you will probably find some scattered in the comments.




Whoever sorts out the calendar really needs to have a good, long, hard think. I know you can't predict things like this latest Hamilton-gate, but to have such a gap after the snooze-fest of Valencia, and then be thrust into another race weekend before we've digested Spa is just, plain wrong.

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09:00GMT +01:00

12 September 2008