Italian Grand Prix: Hulkenburg proves to be the faster Ferrari

The fastest Ferrari powered car from yesterday’s qualifying wasn’t that of Fernando Alonso, or even Felipe Massa. No, the quickest Ferrari engine came from Sauber’s own Nico Hulkenburg. The German surprised himself and the team by qualifying third on the grid, just behind the two Red Bulls. Practice and qualifying were both dry, but word on the ground at Monza (curtesy of my own little racing spy) is that the chance of rain during the race is at about 55% now. What does this mean for Hulkenburg? He raced well in Malaysia this year under ‘damp’ conditions, finishing eighth, which has been his highest finish this season. A bit of rain may indeed be favourable conditions for Nico, it’s difficult to say whether he is good in the wet. The Mercedes this year look strong in the wet, as does the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo.

A Ferrari with a custom chassis has won at Monza in the rain before, Sebastian Vettel managed it in 2008 for Toro Rosso. Personally I don’t think a win is on the cards for the Sauber driver, but I’m thinking a finish in the points, maybe around seventh.

– Alex

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