After a rather interesting qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton cruised to pole, but the story of qualifying very much has been the competitors behind the Englishman. Raikkonen took an excellent second place, and his best starting position since the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, which puts the Finn in prime position to attack Hamilton’s Mercedes.
It should be Hamilton and Mercedes who yet again cruise to another victory under Ferrari’s homeground, unless of course there is Hungary like situation. The threat for the Ferrari’s will be at the start, if Lewis can hold off the two prancing horses at the start, it pretty much would be his race. It is unlikely a competitive Mercedes is seen, thanks to Rosberg so far back the grid and being so highly disadvantaged thanks to the power deficit from the old to the new power unit. The Brit looks good to capitalize which will be his 50th start for Mercedes.
Ferrari capitalize under the Tifosi?
This very much could be called the ‘Italian dream’, all the fans will be boding for Scuderia Ferrari. The team is in prime position to please the home crowd, second and third in Raikkonen’s favor. Ferrari’s best chance to overhaul the Mercedes of Hamilton would be at the start, in previous events the Ferrari have been electic off the line, such as Hungary when Vettel and Raikkonen robbed the Mercedes. A victory may just be possible, the last time a Ferrari driver was on the top step of the podium was in 2010 with Fernando Alonso. The last podium at home territory was in 2013, also by Fernando Alonso.
Rosberg making his way through?
After a poor fourth place, Hamilton’s main championship compatriot Nico Rosberg will be hopeful to make his way through the extremely pacy Ferrari cars. Rosberg will start fourth, and knows he cannot afford to lose any more places. The chances the German will be on the grand Italian podium aren’t so great with Ferrari’s strong form.
Red Bull’s charge
After poor qualifying, both cars will start near the back of the grid thanks to engine penalties. The team are likely not to have the front-running pace thanks to the Renault engine not suiting the track characteristics of Italy. The team practically have nothing to lose at this event, and will be hoping to bag in some points, which would be quite an achievement for the team.