F1 Italian Grand Prix

Alonso won the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. Picture: The Cahier Archive/grandprix.com
Fernando Alonso is looking to win his fourth race of the year in the Italian G.P. Image courtesy of The Cahier Archive/grandprix.com
Five different drivers from five different teams stood atop the podium in the first five races of the season, but at last there seems to be some sort of consistency with McLaren hitting its straps in the middle of the season posting back-to-back wins in Hungary and Belgium.

The F1 juggernaut rolls in to Monza this weekend, where Italy’s legion of rabid Ferrari fans will be out in force, hoping Fernando Alonso can increase his 24-point lead in the drivers’ championship after last week’s ill-fated start at Spa. Alonso won here in a Ferrari in 2010, but that’s the only time in the last five years the home fans’ appetite for success has been sated.

The Red Bull-Renault of Sebastian Vettel won here in 2011, and the German will be itching to take the chequered flag after going eight races without a win. It’s his longest drought since his first ever Grand Prix win - at Monza, incidentally - back in 2008.

After surviving the wet to win at Silverstone, Aussie Mark Webber has struggled to have an impact in the past three races, finishing 8th in Germany, 8th again in Hungary, before avoiding the carnage in Belgium to cross the line in 6th. He has finished top ten , though, in every race this year apart from round 5 in Spain. He’ll need to be amongst the points this weekend with Finn Kimi Räikkönen hot on his heels, just one point behind in fourth place after three straight podium finishes. 

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