Glock Enters Championship Battle
Italian Grand Prix
Look towards the front of the grid and you’d presume it was never the most interesting race. But with the three new teams it was a close affair with a few surprises along the way.
Qualifying favoured Lotus massively, the broken car of Vitantonio Liuzzi early on in Q1 allowed both Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli above them. The penalty of Vitaly Petrov for blocking Timo Glock helped Lotus even more, allowing them to start in 17th and 18th. Glock was slightly quicker than di Grassi, but a gearbox change forced him to start in 24th. The usual case applied for Hispania, with Bruno Senna faster than Sakon Yamamoto.
As usual the start of the race changed everything, Trulli and Glock got off to the best start, while Kovalainen moved down behind his team mate and the two Virgins. Even stranger was that Sakon Yamamoto, in a car with high downforce setting and something that has barely been modified with until Bahrain, was at one point quicker than not only Bruno Senna, but Lucas di Grassi.
The first was Bruno Senna, who pulled up early on with as yet unknown reasons. Elsewhere Kovalainen passed di Grassi and was now hunting down Glock. The pitstops offered little change, but of note was Yamamoto’s stop. It is believed that during his stop, a mechanic who was leaning into his cockpit to change settings on the steering wheel was run over by Sakon driving off too soon. He was taken to hospital but no serious injury occurred.
Jarno Trulli soon lost 2nd gear, which allowed Glock, Kovalainen and di Grassi to pass him and ultimately put him out of the race. The Finn was also unable to make a pass on Glock meaning that he took another win in the New Teams Championship. Lucas di Grassi retired with three laps to go but was still classified.
|1||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||17th||10|
|4||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||20th||3|
Heikki Kovalainen remains 20 points in front, but now it is ahead of Timo Glock, who after a horrible start to the season is now in 2nd. Jarno Trulli’s non-finish sees him fall and now Lucas di Grassi is just one point behind him. A solid race for Yamamoto sees him start to catch up to Bruno Senna.
|2||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||52|
|Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||45|
A good result for Virgin now sees the gap to Lotus just 19 points. Hispania are now well behind.