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GP Week : Issue 189
Jean-Eriv vergne – Toro rosso After struggling for pace during early practice, the fortunes for both Toro Rosso drivers took an up-turn when they found the perfect compromise between drag and downforce around Monza. Jean-Eric Vergne briefly headed the timesheets in Q1 before settling for tenth – three spots behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo. A poor start from Jenson Button allowed Vergne to jump a place on the first lap, where he found himself sandwiched between Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton. Button and Romain Grosjean would all later line-up for attack on Vergne before an engine failure in the Frenchman’s Toro Rosso did the job for them. paul di resta – force India After a season littered with misfortune and miscarriage, Paul di Resta must have felt under the pump heading into the final European round of 2013. His luck (or lack thereof) once again deserted him just a few hundred meters out of Cur va Grande, locking his front left into the braking zone for Roggia after finding himself squeezed for room between team-mate Adrian Sutil and Romain Grosjean. In a move similar to Lewis Hamilton’s on Felipe Massa on the same piece of real estate, di Resta too lost a front upright during the altercation, forcing him into immediate retirement. Adrian Sutil – force India As had taken place in Spa two weeks earlier, Adrian Sutil managed to survive contact with teammate Paul di Resta early in the race, only to suffer the ignominy of retirement at the final hurdle. The highs of Melbourne must seem an eternity ago for Sutil as Force India can only stand by as their window of opportunity is boarded up by the better-funded McLaren. After leading Romain Grosjean during the first phase of the race, Sutil’s first pit stop was a clean affair, but he was held in his box to prevent an unsafe release into the path of Pastor Maldonado. As a result, Sutil lost position to Esteban Gutierrez, but matters were due to get worse when he retired on the final lap of the race with brake issues – discretion winning out over valour at Monza. Down and out at Monza 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ITALY