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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton seeks to break the record for most wins on Monza circuit


This week is the first of three Italian Grand Prix circuits for this year and Monza as always, is expected to be thrilling as ever. Giulio Magliano addresses his thoughts about the upcoming race in Italy.

Event Details

Italian Grand Prix Schedule

The Monza Grand Prix is one of two circuits that Formula One hosts for every season.

Friday – Practice 1 – 10:00 BST, Practice 2 – 14:00 BST

Saturday – Practice 3 – 11:00 BST, Qualifying – 14:00 BST

Sunday – Race – 14:10 BST

The current standings for the F1 Drivers

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen
  3. Bottas
  4. Albon
  5. Lerclerc
  6. Norris
  7. Stroll
  8. Ricciardo
  9. Perez
  10. Ocon
  11. Sainz
  12. Gasly
  13. Vettel
  14. Hulkenberg
  15. Giovinazzi
  16. Kvyat
  17. Magnussen
  18. Raikkonen
  19. Latifi
  20. Russell
  21. Grosjean

Current standings for the F1 Construction Teams

  1. Mercedes
  2. Red Bull
  3. Renault
  4. Racing Point
  5. Ferrari
  6. Renault
  7. Alphatauri
  8. Alfa Romeo
  9. Haas
  10. Williams

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Relevant News for this week’s Italian Grand Prix

Ferrari attempting to redeem themselves in Monza

Many consider the Italian Grand Prix to be the spiritual home of Ferrari and also have the most wins on that racetrack. However, after the inadequate performance they had at Spa, they are once again expected to struggle in Italy. We know Monza for their long, straight tracks and the big braking zones, a circuit that primarily focuses on speed and engine power. This could expose the flaws of Ferrari’s power unit, since Ferrari agreed to a settlement with the FIA regarding the power unit of 2019, compared to its rivals who have been incessantly thriving this season.

It has been a very difficult day. Today we just didn’t have the pace we needed. The next race will be a difficult one for us, but hopefully from Mugello, it could get better. We have to stay united, react and work hard to come back to where we were before” – Charles Leclerc

They estimated the race in Spa to be the least competitive race for Ferrari in the last 40 years, and that puts pressure on Technical Chief Mattia Binotto.

Hamilton seeking victory

After Lewis Hamilton’s staggering win at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, the British driver wants to extent the 47-point lead over Red Bull’ Max Verstappen. Then again, the race will mark the introduction of the “party mode” ban which forces all teams to run on the same engine modes for the entire weekend.

This will ease the driver’s chances to reach the podium and put pressure on Hamilton, but with Hamilton’s extensive experience and adept driving abilities, he should be able to cope against his rivals comfortably.

Renault’s Uprising

With Ferrari’s performance exacerbating and desperately planning to return, Renault’s Ricciardo and Ocon displayed a stunning performance in Spa by reach the fourth and fifth position, reaching the joint results since 2016. Ricciardo and Ocon are confident and determined to reach the podium at Italian Grand Prix.

Williams stepping down

It is unfortunately an end of an era for the Williams family as they are leaving the team they were managing for the past 40 years. Sir Frank and Catherine Williams have put in so much time and effort into this sport, so it is quite a melancholic departure after experiencing so many difficulties in different Grand Prix’s.

Mclaren and Racing point wanting redemption

Both construction teams have given quite a disappointing performance last week in Spa. Racing Point finished ninth and tenth last week, which was the worst result they received this 2020 season. Also McLaren have had some unfortunate events, especially with Carlos Sainz having to retire his car before the Belgian GP started.

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Weather forecast for the Italian GP

Monza should be sunny for the entire weekend, perfect for the Italian GP. There is a possibility that thunderstorms might occur on Sunday with 28 degrees celsius on that day.

How can I watch the Italian Grand Prix

Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD, Channel numbers – Sky:406

Highlights

Channel: Channel 4, 6:30pm

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