McLaren gunning for third consecutive win at Monza

Updated: September 7, 2012

The glitz and glamour of Formula 1 continues this weekend and 2BET2 brings you the action from round 13 of the championship.

Its the Italian Gran Prix and the iconic Monza is the host this weekend. This is without question one of the quickest circuits on the F1 calender, 53 laps consisting of 5.7 km per lap of pure speed and adrenaline. F1 first visited Monza in 1921 and has been held there on 81 occasion. Monza is steeped in history with legends like Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher all topping the podium during their illustrious careers, the latter on an unprecedented 5 times during his days at Ferrari.

Ferrari is the leading constructor at Monza with 19 wins during this period, and will be hoping with Alonso in pole position in the championship standings, he can deliver their seventh win in the last 12 years.

The last of McLarens 9 wins at Monza came in the form of Fernando Alonso in 2007, however with 2 consecutive wins and considering the nature of the circuit, expect Hamilton and Button to mount a serious challenge this weekend for McLaren.

Hamilton comes into the weekend amongst much speculation about his future, will he be at McLaren next season, or will Mercedes GP tempt him with a 60 million pound package? Only time will tell on this one and with 2 wins already this season, he will be looking to put his first lap exit last week behind him and attempt to close the 47 point gap he currently has from Alonso at the top. Hamilton holds the fastest lap at Monza however has never won at there, could this be the weekend he puts it right?

Team mate Jenson Button came off a superb win last week at Spa, winning from pole position, his second win of the season. A second place finish last year will give the smooth driving Brit plenty of confidence and a win will see him join Alonso as the only driver this year with 3 wins. His mid season form suffered somewhat, however McLaren have come to the party in the last few races which have lifted their championship credentials.

Double world champion, and last years winner, Sebastian Vettel hasn’t had things his own way this season with only 1 win from the 12 races so far. Despite this he still finds himself in second place 24 points behind Alonso, thanks to some consistent podiums, in what has been a very tight season already compromising of 7 different winners.

Red Bull team mate Mark Webber, currently third in the championship, 32 points off the leader, will be pushing for good grid position and at least a podium on Sunday if he wants to keep his championship aspirations alive.

A sea of red and yellow flags with the Ferrari emblem will give Alonso and Massa firm home advantage, however will they have the race pace over 53 laps?

Mercedes GP for me will have good pace around Monza. Throughout the season the have shown good straight line speed and in Italy this will certainly help. Unreliability wont and this is a problem for Rosberg and Schumacher. The German legend has yet to win a race since his comeback, however this weekend could see the end to that statistic in his 301 Formula 1 race.

Another past winner in Italy, and a man that has made a comeback this season Kimi Raikkonen has exceeded all expectations. He currently sits 4th in the standings and with 3 second place finishes so far he will be looking to go one better.

Smell the petrol and look at the odds. Who do you think will be standing on top of the podium come Sunday?