With seven races remaining, it seems counter-intuitive to put undue emphasis on the Italian Grand Prix. After all, winning it is worth the same 25 points the other six offer.
But for Fernando Alonso, it is the definition of a must-win. His second place at Spa kept him just about within sight of Sebastian Vettel, but with Ferrari traditionally producing a strong low-downforce package for Monza, this is arguably the one grand prix remaining on the calendar that the Spaniard can be confident of a shot at winning in a straightforward race.
Last year, it really was the one that got away. Alonso was adamant he would have been on pole position had an anti-roll bar problem not ruined his qualifying attempt in Q3. He came through to third, but it might have been so much better had he started in the right place.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.