With the disappointment of Spa, Ferrari’s chances of the drivers’ title are all but gone. Their home race is up next, and the Tifosi will be hoping for a good showing, and to take the fight to the Silver Arrows, to close out the European section of the season with a good momentum for the last few races.
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No. 5 Sebastian Vettel (DEU)
2015 Form: 12,1,3,4,5,2,3,5,3,1,3
2014 Italian Grand Prix: Grid P8, Race P
Vettel has great memories of this circuit. In 2008, whilst driving for Toro Rosso, he took his maiden pole position and win. He also won from pole position in both 2011 and 2013, whilst at Red Bull. That is his only podiums here, and has only three other points finishes out of five races. Vettel has the most Italian wins of any current driver on the grid, and another one this weekend would put him joint second, alongside Nelson Piquet, with most victories, and leave him one off his idol, Michael Schumacher.
No. 7 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
2015 Form: 7,DNF,8,DNF,4,6,5,2,4,4,DNF
2014 Italian Grand Prix: Grid P12, Race P9
The Finn, unlike his German team-mate, has never stood on the top step of the podium in Monza. He has three podiums, two of them for Ferrari in his first stint. They were both third places, in 2007 and 2009. In his final season at McLaren, in 2006, he came second-place, after getting his sole position. He has had fastest laps in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He has two retirements, in 2002 and 2004, both with engine problems.
With Ferrari been the most successful constructor for the number of Italian wins, with 19 victories, they will be hoping to take their 20th in front of their passionate fans. It will be a tall order to challenge the ever improving Mercedes, but with new updates, and the possibility of the Silver Arrows pair tripping over each other, the Maranello outfit cannot be disregarded to get their first Italian win since 2010.