September, 07 2012

Vettel awaits 'unforgettable' Monza

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The last European round of the 2012 Formula 1 season this weekend at Monza will be demanding but potentially rewarding, according to Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

The German and the Australian sit second and third in the championship and both will be looking for a points boost before the F1 bandwagon rolls into Asia and beyond.

Vettel, who has not won since Bahrain in April, finished second behind Jenson Button at last weekend’s Belgian GP.

That podium placing enabled the Red Bull driver to claw back 18 invaluable championship points from standings leader Fernando Alonso, who was involved in an early Spa pile-up.

The German is hoping to go one step further in the Italian GP, which has over the years been very good to Vettel, most notably in 2008 when he became the youngest driver in F1 history to win the race.

“Monza is the home of motorsport and being there gives me goose-bumps. It has the best podium in the world and a win there is an unforgettable experience,” said Vettel, who has twice been victorious there.

“If you stand up there like I did for the first time in 2008, and again last year, you are overwhelmed by the fans, the thousands of Tifosi that flood the track with their flags waving. It’s just amazing.”

Vettel admits it will not be easy, adding: “In Monza it’s extremely difficult to produce a perfect lap because it’s almost impossible to make every corner and every chicane exactly right.”

Australian team-mate Webber has not podiumed since winning the British GP in July, and is much in need of a championship, and confidence, boost.
“Monza is a sensational venue with lots of history. There’s a massive influence from the Tifosi – especially with the Ferrari fans, which really adds atmosphere to the weekend.”

Key to Webber’s success in Italy will be a high grid position. In each of his two wins this season he has started from either pole or second.

“The track is incredibly unique with massive top speeds, so there’s a lot of heavy braking. It wasn’t the best venue for me last year, so I’m going there looking for a strong result.”