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Ferrari Italian Grand Prix Review: Car Faulters in Italy, Alonso's Point Streak Ends

The streak is over for Fernando Alonso.  He had somehow managed to score points in every Grand Prix this season but a mechanical failure in the middle of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday put an end to it.  Ferrari still managed to eke out a few points with their number two driver Kimi Raikkonen who finished in ninth place.  The two points weren’t enough to keep Williams behind them in the Constructors’ Championship however.

Ferrari Italian Grand Prix Review

Felipe Massa had a strong run to land himself on the podium for a third place finish behind the Mercedes power duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.  His teammate Valtteri Bottas finished one spot deeper in the field in fourth, although he was 15 seconds behind the former Ferrari driver.  Williams is now third in the Constructors’ Championship and holds a 15 point lead over the struggling Ferrari team.

Other than the retirement of Alonso’s F14-T the race was pretty unremarkable for Ferrari.  Alonso managed to hold his seventh place starting position while the man who started next to him on the grid, Sebastian Vettel, jumped from eighth to fifth on the opening lap.  Raikkonen managed to move up from 12th to 10th as the race wore on and was credited with his ninth place finish after a five second penalty was assessed to Kevin Magnussen for forcing Bottas off track.  The penalty was a bit harsh for what looked like Magnussen simply protecting his position heading into the chicane.  This makes two races in a row where Raikkonen was able to out-perform Alonso though Alonso most likely would’ve beaten his teammate had his car held up this time.

The high speed, low downforce tracks of Spa and Monza are now behind us and that should benefit Ferrari going forward.  While it is disappointing to not have good results at their home Grand Prix, Ferrari can now put their eyes back on the podium heading into Singapore, Japan, and beyond.

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