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Murray Walker | 12:44 UK time, Tuesday, 15 September 2009

The Italian Grand Prix was another great weekened in a fabulous Formula 1 season. The race was a tour de force by the Brawn team. The Force India fairytale continues. Kimi Raikkonen impressed again, but it was a bad weekend for McLaren and, particularly, Heikki Kovalainen. The title race looks increasingly difficult for Red Bull. But, as I always say, anything can happen in F1...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Spot on, Red Bull will be out of it completely after Singapore and maybe JB or LH for the win. That said Rubens has nothing to lose and whilst he has a chance he will be giving it his all.

    I hope that it is tight but not the last corner again please!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    "Anything can happen in Formula 1 and it usually does"
    so true Murray - I do hope it goes to the wire, and I see you haven't written the Red Bulls off just yet, as there's still 40 points to play for.
    Hokie Kockie's days at Maclaren are surely numbered now, given his poor performance with an optimum strategy.
    Hamilton and Raikkonen for Maclaren next season?

  • Comment number 3.

    The TV broadcast of the Italian GP, like other GPs, contained recordings of radio transmissions between drivers and their teams. The delay in broadcasting is understandable but also seems rather irrelevant especially when the commentators are interrupted.

    This makes me question the rules which permit drivers and teams to talk to each other.

    What is Murray's opinion of this facility? Does it make deciding tactics too easy?

  • Comment number 4.

    No.2 - Carlonso.

    I'd like to hear Murray's thoughts on McLaren next year. I can also see Hamilton and Raikkonen at Macca for next year. Would be a good partnership I think.

  • Comment number 5.

    Kovalainen has scored points since Germany and has scored only four points less than his teammate. Brawn did what they did in Bahrain and I'm sure if Button was in fifth and Rubens in sixth it would have been Button to win instead.

  • Comment number 6.

    I have two questions for you.
    firstly, do you think Brawn are now the form team? and what does the future hold for Kimi Raikkonen if he is replaced by Alonso next year?

  • Comment number 7.

    Hamilton's crash was hilarious...

    If the championship started in Germany, Kimi would be leading the table
    1 Raikkonen 30
    2 Barrichello 25
    3 Hamilton 19

  • Comment number 8.

    Lotus is back in F1 lets hope Antony Davidson gets a drive with them!

  • Comment number 9.

    The last race was considered an open goal for buttons championship rivals, which they all missed, after this race you could say Braun gp know exactly where the posts are.

    I too would be please for it to go to the wire between the braun drivers, for Jenson to emurge victorious, however Rubans would deserve it just as much.

    i'm very keen to know next years driver line-up too.

    and finally........BRING IT ON FORCE INDIA!!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    Murray, what do you think of the KERS system, would you prefer all to have it or all to abandon it?

    Personally I like it, and it gives the teams another facility to demonstrate engineering expertise and superiority.

  • Comment number 11.

    @3 I would imagine the delay in us hearing radio transmission during the race is so that some can listen to it, deem it important (and inoffensive) and then feed it to the TV broadcasters. Some of the radio comments are great to hears, other though leave me scratching my head as to why anyone thought that was worth sharing with us viewers.

    @5 Yes Kovi may have only scored 4 less points than Lewis since Germany, but Lewis has had 2 DNFs since Germany... Kovi simply isn't fast or aggressive enough race driver to keep his McLaren seat for 2010 in my opinion.

    @7 and if the season started at...... Monza (for example) Rubens would be leading Jenson by 2 points and Lewis by 4 points (if you have a fantasy season start date you can make the assumption Lewis might not have been pressing so hard on the 1st race of the season). The reality is the season started at Melbourne.

  • Comment number 12.

    Thanks for answering my question Murray.


  • Comment number 13.

    Well As you Say Murray, "Anything can happen in Formula 1 and it usually does". So with all the excitement we have had this season so far, are you not tempted to be back in the commentary box for 2010? After all, Lotus are back so why not you? You have a remarkable insight into the sport that has been sorely missed since your retirement from regular comentating.

  • Comment number 14.

    It definetly looks like BrawnGP are going to win the Constructors championship. It's just a matter of which of their drivers is going to win the Drivers Championship - Jenson or Rubens? At the start of the season, you would have said Jenson, but at the moment Rubens is on top form. With only 14 points between them, it's going to be a very close finish. I also want to ask Murray what he makes of Lotus's return to F1 after 15 years. Will they be able to compete with the other teams?

  • Comment number 15.

    With 26 cars next season will the FIA change the scoring system so more drivers can score points? because otherwise there will be a lot of drivers with 0 points at the end of the season.

  • Comment number 16.

    Murray, What do you think will be the outcome of the Renault "problem"? Do you think that Piquet Jnr will ever drive again in professional motorsport?

  • Comment number 17.

    Will Alonso be implicated in the Renault problem, and if so what will the consequences for him be? Could this be the reason Ferrari are holding their cards close to their chest (waiting to see if Alonso gets a race/season/career ban).

    I find it hard to credit pleas of his ignorance, given he started the race on such a light fuel load with no real prospect of making it work.... Well until it seems his boss/manager and team strategist had a word with his team mate and arranged for him to bring the safety car out.

  • Comment number 18.

    Greetings Ter The Murray Walker & ALL..........

    Bingo Star ere.........

    So at last ere's me Italian GP report.
    Maybe a bit of a delay az it ended up noot too much ter write about from a Fisi point of view az no points were invlolved. Unlike on the roads were if yer go too fast yer can get points yer don't want in F1 it's a case of fooot ter the floor and go az fast az yer can ter get points yer do want - know what am sayin'!!!!!
    Any way bit of a BIG learning curve for Fisi and in particular the long Parabolica curve did become a learning curve.... literally!!!!
    WHATTA COINCIDENCE..... The Parabolica curve waz the corner a mentioned in me pre-race write up az the one that leads onter the long straight, INDEED one of the most important sections of the Monza track for a good lap time. Unfortunately it didn't 'elp Fisichella's confidence what with the car understeering off there in the final practice session before the real serious stuff began of qualifying. Resulting in 'im 'itting the tyre wall causing a fair bit of damage to 'is new beautifully gleaming red machine!!!!

    A case of Fisi Parabolica-ing up the Parabolica!!!!!!!@@@!!@!

    Due to this years rules that yer can't test much, Fisi couldn't drive the Ferrari at all until the first proper practice session on Fridee!!!
    On top of this Monza iz such a difficult track ter set the car up!!!
    Yer need very little wing for the VERY long straights yet az yer ave so little wing then the car becomes less grippy and abit, actually change that.. ALOT, of a 'andful, particulalry in the fast corners..... such az the, much mentioned ere, Parabolica!!!!
    Thus leading ter Fisi's mistake and off track incidentation that left a dent in more than 'is car!!!!
    Now before yer say; well Kimi goot 'is Ferrari inter 3rd on the grid and finished..... errrrr 3rd, so why waz Fisi so slow compared ter Kimi!!!!
    Well firstly Kimi 'as been driving the car for the whole season so 'az become accustomed to it's 'andling characteristics, yet Fisi 'asn't and for 'im it's been a test of character!!!!!
    On top of this the KERS system that Fisi 'as never used before and really affects the way car 'andles a lot differently ter the ForceIndia without the KERS system.
    Then on top of that... noot 'aving full confidence ter take that Parabolica curve well and thus enable 'im ter build a lot of speed down the long straight.... a BIG reason a feel why suprisingly Fisi didn't do a lot of overtaking down that straight!!!!!
    Sadly just missing out on points too. The positive waz 'e did finish the race and 'as leaned a lot about the car!!!!
    All in all, a difficult weekend for Fisi driving 'is dream of a Ferrari!!!!
    A personally feel it's a mistake Fisi leaving the suddenly come good ForceIndia, especially after a lot of 'ard work and 'eart ache, the fruits of this are know, sorry now, just being realised!!!!
    I'm sure if 'e 'ad stayed at ForceIndia 'e would ave goot a podiumn result and a strong possibility of winning the race!!!!!!

    But being an Italian & 'is ultimate dream.... 'e 'ad ter do the move!!!!!

    Looking ahead.... I'm sure the Singapore GP will be a lot better 'as it's an easier ter set up the car cirrcwwit, sorry circuit, (thought a waz italian for a mo then) and one of Fisi's favs tracks so a wreckon 'e will do well at this GP!!!!!

    Just a shame 'e didn't do the MEGA and win the Itailian GP!!!!!!

    Another thing too..... I think Fisi will probally go back ter ForceIndia next year but maybe 'e won't ave ter if 'em ends up with a full drive next year at Ferrari!!!!!
    There's rumours of teams running 3 cars with the Ferrari boss di Montezemolo strongly arguing in favour of this so maybe 'e 'is aving thoughts of giving ter Fisi a full race drive next year.... plus a know they are friends too!!!!!
    On top of this, all the controvsey surrounding Renault & Alonso.... it doesn't bode well for Alonso.... 'e always seems close ter trouble Alonso.... remember all the shenanigans at McLaren!!!!!
    Maybe Ferrari are aving second thoughts about Alonso!!!!! So maybe they won't ave ter run three cars and Fisi will still end up with a full drive there anyway!!!!!!!!!

    Az for all the bad stuff at the moment surrounding F1, a don't wanter get inter that wreet now but it's a shame!!!!!!!
    Nowadees the racing iz often so boring compared ter the dees of old!!!!!
    A mean if a driver does a mega move and it goes wrong aka 'e collides or forces another driver off a bit.... the rules are so regimented that 'e will be penalised!!!!!!!!!
    Yet behind the scenes the management seem ter be doing their best ter destroy F1.... MAD!!!!!
    Bring back the days of wheel ter wheel Senna/ Mansell proper racing and of course Murray Walker when drivers overtook...... errrrrr like racing drivers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • Comment number 20.

    @17 Cordas

    Alonso had no idea of Piquet crashing.
    He did know (obviously) the race strategy - and why would he question one of F1's leading strategists, given his low grid position?
    Even with such a strategy there was no guarantee that Alonso would win.
    Alonso is blameless in this - and even if he knew after the event, what could he do?

  • Comment number 21.

    Nice to hear your thoughts Murray. I liked the backdrop of the Motor Museum at Beauliu. I was there a few weeks ago, and had a great day. Looking forward to Singapore! Come on Jenson.


  • Comment number 22.

    Hi murray what do you think of crashgate i personally feel that renault have got off lightly again. They have been convicted of having mclaren data ,having a wheel come off (i thought they had a suspended sentance for) and crashgate .I dont see why they havent been fined at least the same as mclaren.Fixing a result and putting peoples lives at risk is much worse than stealing information.

  • Comment number 23.

    Was this filmed at Beaulieu? I was on holiday down there last week and wanted to go but none of my friends would come with me! Typical!

  • Comment number 24.

    I think Renault should have been thrown out for for race fixing. what i dont understand how McLaren got a harder Punishment back in 2007.

    sooner Alonso leave F1 the better the sport be



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