A game of chess at Monza

A game of chess at Monza

The Brawn team dominated the Italian Grand Prix, but its winning strategy was not as straightforward as it looked. Adam Cooper analyses the team's Monza success

It might ultimately have been but a sideshow to the dramas going on in and around the Renault camp, but the Italian GP turned out to be a fascinating race, and one which really could have put both World Championships beyond the reach of Red Bull Racing and its drivers.

It was also a race where the FIA's decision to publish post-qualifying weights in 2009 really made a difference to our enjoyment. There's a valid argument to the effect that things would be more interesting if we didn't know what people are up to. And of course, the teams themselves are pretty good at assessing exactly what their rivals are doing anyway. But in this particular case it was a real boost to have such a clear idea of who was doing what. It certainly gave one a better appreciation of the importance of where everyone placed themselves by the end of the first lap.

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