Another one of the classic circuits awaits the drivers on Sunday afternoon with the legendary Monza circuit staging the Italian Grand Prix.
The old parabolic circuit first hosted the Italian Grand Prix way back in 1922 and although the track has seen a few changes over the years, still represents one of the highest speed races on the calendar, and is a real favourite of the driver’s.
Sebastian Vettel continued his third consecutive title charge by winning another legendary race, the Belgian GP, last time out and will lead the field away on Sunday afternoon.
Red Bull Qualifying Dominance
This circuit will always hold special memories for Vettel as this is where he won his first ever race, way back in 2008, when he was just 19.
He drove for Toro Rosso back then, the Red Bull junior team, and will tomorrow be in search of his third race victory in four races.
The German was two tenths of a second faster than team-mate Mark Webber in the third qualifying session and as is usually the case, the pre-race favourite with the bookies. Ladbrokes provide the best value at 4/7.
After announcing his retirement from the sport a few months ago, Webber will be looking to and his spell as a Formula One driver on a high, with just eight races to go, produced an excellent qualifying performance to line up second.
The Australian is still to win a race this year, in fact you have to go back over a year since his last victory which as at the 2012 British GP. He’ll be aiming to secure at least one victory in the remainder of his swan-song season and William Hill provide the best odds of 8/1 on him taking the race.
I can’t mention Monza without touching on Ferrari. It’s safe to say that at least 90% of the fans there on Sunday afternoon will be adorned in red clothing cheering on Italy’s most treasured car manufacturer.
Felipe Massa produced a fantastic qualifying performance, and will start fourth on the grid, one place ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso.
There has not been a Ferrari victory in Italy since Alonso’s triumph in 2010, and the Tifosi will be hopeful that either Alonso or Massa will end that run on Sunday.
Betfred provide the best odds on the Alonso winning at 6/1. Massa hasn’t won a Grand Prix since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he had his world championship cruelly snatched off his hands on the last lap, and Bet 365 offer the best odds on him collecting the 25 points at 25/1.
Other Podium Hopefuls
Nico Hulkenberg produced a phenomenal flying lap in qualifying to claim Sauber’s best grid position of the season and will start third.
His best ever result in Formula One was a fourth placed position in Belgium last year and will be eyeing up a podium spot on Sunday. Bet Victor, amongst others, offer the best odds in him doing this at 10/1.
Last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton had a disastrous qualifying session and starts 12th after failing to make it into Q3 and apologised to his team in interviews after qualifying.
A number of outlets including Betferd are offering odds of 5/2 in him securing a podium spot, with the same odds being offered for his team-mate Nico Rosberg in finishing in the top three.
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