Formula one, 2001 season Italian Grand Prix at Monza: Prospects for the race: the jpoc report
Like Hockenheim and Spa, Monza is a power circuit and the 2001 Williams, with their top of the power stakes BMW engines should be the class of the field. There is no reason to expect anything other than a Williams lock out of the front row in qualifying.
The question will be, how will they fare in the race itself?
At Spa, Williams race hopes were destroyed by start line foul ups and a decision to opt for a wet setup for what turned out to be a dry race. The weather is likely to be more predictable at Monza and Williams start line troubles at Spa should not recur. Given that, a one two for the team seems to be on the cards.
Behind them, the Ferraris will be the best of the rest and McLaren will come under pressure from BAR, Jordan and Benetton for the last points scoring places.
In the championship standings, Williams will stand a good chance of closing in on McLaren's second place and, further back, Jordan and Jaguar will be hoping to move up the order. Jordan recruit, Jean Alesi has his own reasons to hope for a good result. Eddie Jordan will decide after the race whether or not Alesi gets a drive with the team in 2002. If not, it will be the end of Alesi's F1 career and he is likely to move to the US.
The race will see debuts for Alex Yoong and Tomas Enge in the Minardi and Prost. Both drivers come with a lot of money and the teams will be hoping that they can delivier credible performances because a well sponsored driver who can actually perform in the car is a dream for a small team.
The race looks as though it will be the last F1 appearance in Europe by Mika Hakkinen whose retirement was predicted on this web site several months ago.
Desperate to perform will be Benetton number two, Jenson Button. He is under pressure from his team to begin to match the performance of his departing team mate Giancarlo Fisichella.
|The whole 2001 season||All the races and the behind the scenes games|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Tyre news|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Who drives what?|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Which engine goes where?|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Business and politics|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Teams and personnel|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Circuit news|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Setting the scene|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Practice and qualifying|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||The starting grid|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Race report|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Results|
|Italian GP at Monza 16th of September||Championship standings after the race|