Time for part two of our look through of who was hot, and who wasn’t, at Monza – focusing on the midfield pack, known as the Chasing Dogs.
- Qualifying: Buemi (16th) Alguersuari (18th)
- Race: Alguersuari (7th) Buemi(10th)
Well. Before Canada, Jaime Alguersuari was staring some middling performances in the face. Not awful, but not brilliant either. Then, in the land of Lloyd Grossman and Celine Dion he found inspiration, going from 18th at the start to 8th by the chequered flag.
This was then followed up with exactly the same performance in Valencia, 18th to 10th at Silverstone, 16th to 10th in Hungary and 18th to 7th at Monza. What does he do on a Saturday night? Are Toro Rosso putting something in his tea? Another great drive from a man who, if he could sort out his split personality disorder, wouldn’t be looking over his shoulder at his team mate quite so much.
Speaking of whom, Buemi’s race followed a similar pattern to Alguersuari’s, moving from 16th to 10th. He said afterwards that, had he not taken a bump in the behind from Liuzzi’s out of control HRT (there’s something about that we didn’t like writing), he could have finished 8th or 9th. Sadly, when your team mate is busy finishing 7th, that’s not good enough.
All we’ll say is that the end of the season at Toro Rosso is going to be interesting.
Badger’s Best: Alguersuari
- Qualifying: di Resta (11th) Sutil (12th)
- Race: di Resta (8th) Sutil (DNF)
To be entirely straight with you, Force India didn’t make too much of an impression on us during the race.
They both qualified just outside the top 10 which, to be honest, isn’t the worst thing in the world they could have done. It seems even those who make the top 10 shootout but are outside the top teams don’t make that much effort. It’s far more advantageous to be able to choose one’s tyres and start 11th than it is to try and compete, not be quick enough, and start in 10th.
Sutil retired on lap 9 with a steering problem, so not much going on there.
di Resta managed to garner his fourth top 10 position this season and come home 8th, without really doing too much. A classic no frills drive from the Scotsman.
Badger’s Best: di Resta
- Qualifying: Petrov (7th) Senna (10th)
- Race: Senna (9th) Petrov (DNF)
This weekend was shaping up quite nicely for Renault in qualifying. Two cars into the top ten and looking to move upwards. Then, at the first corner, Liuzzi’s HRT treated Petrov to a heavy impact and that was it. All of his good work in qualifying undone in a single second. Such is the cruel world of F1.
Senna, by contrast, would have been very happy with his weekend’s work. After nipping into Q3 at the death he chose not to go out, settling for 10th place and starting on the medium tyres. He ditched them very early in the race, running the rest of the race on softs. Did it work out? Well, it didn’t not work out, but was it worth the strange strategy? Well, after collecting his first points in F1, we think he probably doesn’t care. Also, and as an aside, he looks quite handy.
Badger’s Best: Senna
- Qualifying: Barrichello (13th) Maldonado (14th)
- Race: Maldonado (11th) Barrichello (12th)
Ah yes, Williams. Another race weekend flies by, another scoreless finish. A total of five points now sit, proudly, in the Grove based team’s column. Stellar.
Barrichello had his race delayed by the accident at the start (who in the midfield wasn’t affected in some way?) and Maldonado was able to get (briefly) as high as sixth, before falling back down the order. The simple fact remains that the car isn’t quick enough for Williams to be a meaningful player in the midfield. That said, the last time we looked they were doing ok on the stockmarket, so maybe there’s hope yet.
Badger’s Best: Maldonado
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