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15-Sep: Felipe Massa becomes the first Formula 1 driver to be given the tough penalty of losing 10 grid positions at the next Grand Prix as a result of causing a collision with Pedro de la Rosa during the Italian Grand Prix. The stewards issued a statement that read "The Stewards of the Meeting received a report from the Race Director, stating that the driver of car number 8 (Felipe Massa) caused a collision with the driver of car number 17 (Pedro do la Rosa). 
Both drivers and their representatives were summoned.
Having heard the explanations of both drivers and viewed video evidence, the Stewards of the Meeting decide to impose a penalty on the driver of car number 8 (Massa) of a drop of ten grid positions at the next Event (2002 USA Grand Prix), in accordance with Article 55(c) of 2002 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations for causing a collision contrary to Article 53 of the aforementioned regulations."

Sauber have the right to appeal.

15-Sep: At the post Race press conference for the Italian GP, Rubens Barrichello was amazed by the podium celebrations and the tifosi and said "It was such a feeling. Once, back in '93, I went to Indianapolis to see the Indy 500 and I saw a lot of people and the feeling that I had there was the same one because I could see at the chicane, a lot of people celebrating the podium here. They couldn't come any closer because there were people in front. It was amazing
I don't think we're ever going to experience something like that again. We were seeing people coming in, it was just unbelievable. As far as my eyes could go I saw only people, it was amazing.
It's our home Grand Prix, everyone is here, we have our test drivers here, we have everyone here, so it's nice to be home and it's nice to be able to just give it back to everyone who works so hard for us to be here. So we couldn't ask for more so tonight I guess there's going to be a lot of partying going on."
As for the start of the race he said "We had a fairly good start. I was never able to overtake the two Williams but Michael went to the outside and I was just talking to him because we wanted to really take care in the first corner because there was no point and the brakes were quite cold so we had to take care and we were able to go through. I saw Ralf went straight and I thought he would get a penalty for that because Montoya cut across but at least he came back. But then the race was going quite well. At the beginning of the race the Williams were running quite fast, so it was difficult to know which strategy they were on, but all of a sudden the pace dropped a bit and my one was only getting better. I saw some confusion with the two drivers and I took my chance and went from third to first."
Rubens believed that the 2 stop strategy was the way to go and said "Fortunately we could say today it was the way to go and the car felt good. I must thank everyone, especially the test team today because we were here last week and we were able to really chose the right tyres and Bridgestone did a fantastic job to bring the right tyres. I have no words for them because it was really the tyre to have. It was unbelievable. From the test last week to now it was just the tyre to have."
As for his expectations for the US Grand Prix, Rubens said "I don't think we can answer that because in a way we saw the performance of Williams in testing and we saw how quick they were going. Testing last week they were quite fast, qualifying they were quite fast, Friday they were quite fast, so we didn't know what to expect. But this time the weather really came out in our favour and everything worked out. In Indy it could be different all over again. We must say we have a fantastic car that works everywhere, but it depends pretty much on the tyre thing."

Michael Schumacher enjoyed finishing second as it was the ideal result for the team and said "I did enjoy it because this was the ideal result we dreamed of. I didn't want to go that far and wish myself such a result because we've had so much luck this year and so many good results that I thought whatever comes is going to be fine but this is obviously a dream result. If you look out from the podium, it's all the way down the straight and this is by far the longest straight, you see full of people, full of the tifosi and that's an amazing emotion that went through me and Rubens. We can only thank our guys out there who support us and hopefully we gave something back today."
As for his start when he dropped 2 places, Michael said "Basically, I got a reasonable start whereas Juan had a problem at the start initially. He dropped back a little bit. He then went in front of me, Ralf went by on the left, I was sort of in the middle of the two but they closed this door so I had to come off the throttle a bit which meant I lost the momentum. Then with these two next to each other, there isn't space for a third one in there so I thought just take it easy and give Rubens the opportunity to go with his strategy and that worked out very well. I was just very careful because at any moment, if you brake a little bit later than them, it might be too late and you crash into them. And in such long race, I didn't want anything like that to happen."
Michael wasn't too excited about setting the new record for the most number of points in a season and said "Well, that was anyway my record before so it's not such a big thing, especially after the year we've had so far. It was more or less clear that we were going to break this one and anyway we had a dream result at the end of the day, first and second. What more could we wish for? We can just be happy and proud of what we have achieved, this year in particular."
Michael indicated that they were racing each other until the Rubens second pit stop and said "I think the points situation we have now we just keep on concentrating for racing - he is already 17 points ahead (in second place). That is what we have done to some degree today. I really gave it all, he gave it all and he came in front after the pit stop so the race was decided in Rubens' favour because he did a very good race and we are going to do the next two races the same."

Eddie Irvine was delighted to be back on the podium and said "Yeah, it's like Rory was saying, it must be great to be back but to be on the podium here, when you've been away for so long, you know, whenever I was at Ferrari it was like podium, podium, podium. There's nothing like being away for a while. I think you appreciate them, especially here with the Italian crowd. It's incredible. People keep asking why I like to spend so much time in Italy. Well, I think if you look outside, I think you'll see the reason.
If you are going to get a podium, Monaco and here are the two to get and I have got both of them now with Jaguar, which is...we were a bit fortunate but we have been unfortunate the way the R3 was born, to be honest."
As for his race, Eddie said "The first part of the race I just pushed like crazy, trying to hold on to Raikkonen. I kind of held on but he was edging away and edging away and then we did the pit stop a little bit early and I was so far ahead of the guys behind that they (the team) just said back off. So I just looked after the brakes, took it easy and really drove as slow as I could. I let them get a bit close at one stage and I had to push a bit little more and then backed off. I was just trying to judge it but their pace, I think it was Trulli, was up and down a little bit so it was quite difficult to see how quick he was to make sure I got a line with him as close to me as possible."
Eddie described the latter part of the race by saying "To be honest I didn't know I was third for quite a while. The last time I looked I had seen fourth so I though okay, just back it up, back it up, back it up. You know, fourth is nice, it is good for the team, but third is good for me and the team. To get up there on the podium is something very special. Three points won't make any more difference to me but getting on the podium is something I really enjoy and once I realised I was in third there was a big step in pressure because all of a sudden I wasn't just doing a job for the team I was wanting to get up there for myself. So there was a lot of pressure on and I had problems with the brakes and I was just backing it up, backing it up, and then Trulli took a couple of big lumps of time so I though I better push again so I pushed and held him and thought: 'okay, if I need to hold him I can hold him'. Once I did that it was pretty much just back it up, back it up, back it up and we got there, so everyone's happy - except for Trulli, I guess."
Whether Jaguar can get another podium before the end of the season, Eddie said " Getting a podium, obviously, we were a bit fortunate about the Williams, but I think America we can do pretty good. We have got a very strong engine and our tyres, I think, are pretty good also. If you can qualify in the top ten you can get points and that is really all we are going to look for. We might be lucky and get a podium again but really we have got to just aim at getting one or two points."
When asked if it was a Jaguar miracle to be on the podium here after a bad start to the season, Eddie said "This is not the car we started the season with. We have changed the front suspension, rear suspension, front uprights, rear uprights, floor, front wing, turning vanes, rear wing. The bit I sit in the chassis is the same. The engine we have changed, we have modified...there is nothing the same."

15-Sep: What the teams and drivers said following the Race at Monza ... Report

15-Sep: Italian GP Race: Rubens Barrichello wins the Italian Grand Prix ahead of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button and Olivier Panis make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

15-Sep: Italian GP Warm-up Session: Ralf Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya. Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Olivier Panis make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:

Session Time (Local / GMT) - Current local time
Friday Practice Session 1
Friday Practice Session 2
Saturday Practice Session 1
Saturday Practice Session 2
Qualifying Session
Warm-up Session
11 AM Monza Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Monza Time / 11 AM GMT
9:00 AM Monza Time / 7:00 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Monza Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1:00 PM Monza Time / 11:00 AM GMT
9:30 AM Monza Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2:00 PM Monza Time / 12 PM GMT
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