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Italy 2008 - The race // A surprise could be on the cards as Toro Rosso line up on pole position

Published by Christine

Everything that has gone before comes down to this moment, race day. All we can talk about is the chances of Vettel managing to keep his lead for the distance, and what the weather is going to be like. One of them directly affects the other.

Let's look at the weather first. It appears to be raining, or if it's not raining right now, it just has been and probably is about to. Will the drivers have to start on intermediate or extreme wet tyres? Will they run out of tyres? The questions begin to pile up. Can Massa hold his own in the wet weather and prove that he does know how to drive in the rain? Will there be any major chicane cutting incidents on a circuit that is full of that type of corner.

Secondly, let's talk about Vettel. It would be incredible for the Toro Rosso driver to become the youngest pole sitter and the youngest race winner in the same weekend. He's worked hard all season and this could be his chance to shine before he moves up to the big team. If he decides that a Red Bull move is the right way to go, of course, having completely outshone his destined team this weekend.

Drivers always say that being in the mid-field is dangerous because there are so many drivers scrapping for positions, that there's bound to be a collision or two. What will happen with the midfield drivers now they are at the front of the pack? And can Lewis and Kimi fight their way through the field. So many questions, and only one race can answer them all. I can't wait.

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Everything that has gone before comes down to this moment, race day. All we can talk about is the chances of Vettel managing to keep his lead for the distance, and what the weather is going to be like. One of them directly affects the other.

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13:00GMT +01:00

14 September 2008