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    F1 2020 - G.P. Nº 8 - ITALIA

    FORMULA 1 TEMPORADA 2020 – GP Nº 8
    GRAN PREMIO DE ITALIA
    Monza

    Autodromo Nazionale Monza,
    Via Vedano nº 5,
    Parco di Monza,
    20052 Monza


    HORARIOS:
    Viernes 4 de Septiembre :

    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 1 :Horario Local : 11:00 a 12:30 - España :11:00 a 12:30 - GMT : 09:00 a 10:30
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 2 : Horario Local :15:00 a 16:30 - España :15:00 a 16:30 - GMT : 13:00 a 14:30


    Sábado 5 de Septiembre :

    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 3 : Horario Local : 12:00 a 13:00 - España :12:00 a 13:00 - GMT : 10:00 a 11:00
    • Clasificatorias de Parrilla de Salida : Horario Local :15:00 a 16:00 - España :15:00 a 16:00 - GMT : 13:00 a 14:00


    Domingo 6 de Septiembre :

    • CARRERA: Horario Local: 15:10 - España: 15:10 - GMT: 13:10



















    • Datos Básicos de Pista
    • Fecha de creación: 1950
    • Primer Gran Premio de F1: 03/09/1950
    • Grandes Premios organizados: 70
    • Capacidad de espectadores: 115000
    • Longitud oficial: 5.793 metros. / 3,599 millas




    • Longitud oficial: 5.793 metros. / 3,599 millas
    • Número de vueltas: 53.
    • Sentido de giro: Derechas (horario).
    • Longitud total de carrera: 307,029 km / 190,788 millas.
    • Longitud rodadura: 5.759 metros.
    • Compensación de linea de salida: 309 m.
    • Curvas oficiales: 11.
    • Curvas reales: 11.
    • Curvas oficiales a derecha: 7.
    • Curvas oficiales a izquierda: 7.
    • Curvas reales a derecha: 4.
    • Curvas reales a izquierda: 4.




    • Consumo por vuelta: 1,88Kg.
    • Consumo por vuelta: 2,5 L.
    • Penalización por vuelta de combustible: 0,052 s.
    • Demora por cada 10Kg de carga: 0,28 s.
    • Tiempo de entrada y salida de pits (sin repostar): 22,2 s.
    • Distancia desde la salida hasta la primera frenada: 860 m.
    • Tiempo de vuelta de referencia: 1:20,490.
    • Carga aerodinámica: Mínima
    • Dureza / Desgaste de frenos: Medio
    • Agarre del asfalto: Medio
    • Tipo de neumático: Medio
    • Desgaste de neumáticos: Bajo




    • Tipos de Neumáticos suministrados por Pirelli:



    • Selección de neumáticos de los pilotos:
    • Brembo. La frenada más dura de Monza:




    • Ventana Pit Stop a 1 parada : vueltas 17 a 33
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 2 paradas : vueltas 17 a 22 y 33 a 41
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 3 paradas : vueltas 11 a 16 , 26 a 29 y 42 a 46



    Mejor vuelta C. Leclerc - 1:1:19,304 (Ferrari 2019)
    Mejor pole K. Raikkonen - 1:19,119 (Ferrari 2018)
    Pole 2019 : C. Leclerc - 1:1:19,304 (Ferrari)
    Vuelta Rápida 2019 : L. Hamilton - 1:21,779 (Red Bull)
    Podium 2019 : 1º C. Leclerc - 2º V. Bottas - 3º L. Hamilton


    Piloto con más Poles: 5 J.M.Fangio / A.Senna
    Escudería con más Poles: 19 Ferrari
    Piloto con más victorias: 5 M.Schumacher
    Escudería con más Victorias: 18 Ferrari

    Alguersuari nos enseña la pista de Monza en el simulador de Red Bull:


    Vuelta On Board de la pole de Leclerc en Monza 2019:


    HighLights Clasificatorias Monza 2019:


    HighLights Carrera de Monza 2019:


    Mejores OnBoards de carrera en Monza 2019:


    Notas de Pedro De La Rosa:



    Llegando al GP de Italia, en Monza, se acude a uno de los circuitos con más historia y ambiente en el calendario de Fórmula Uno.
    El Autodromo Nazionale di Monza está situado en el Parque Real, en el corazón de la ciudad italiana del mismo nombre.

    El circuito original fue construido en 1922 siendo un óvalo clasico. Aunque esto no ha sido utilizado por los coches de F1 desde 1961, en los últimos años se mantiene alojado como un icónico monumento a las carreras.

    El circuito de 5,793 kilometros, es el más rápido del año con cuatro largas rectas permiten a los coches alcanzar velocidades máximas de 340k/h y velocidades de vuelta promedio del órden de 250kph.

    El énfasis está en la potencia del motor y la eficiencia aerodinámica, que requiere que los coches dispongan de un paquete aerodinámico especial de muy baja carga aerodinámica para minimizar las resistencias al avance (drag), llegando incluso a montar configuraciones aerodinámicas asimétricas, ya que las curvas rápidas son todas a derechas.



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    PALMARÉS

    2019 : C. Leclerc (Ferrari)
    2018 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2017 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2016 : N. Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2015 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2014 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2013 : S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2012 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2011 : F. Alonso (Ferrari)
    2010 : F. Alonso (Ferrari)
    2009 : R. Barrichello (Brawn)
    2008 : S. Vettel (Toro Rosso)
    2007 : F. Alonso (McLaren)
    2006 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2005 : J.P. Montoya (McLaren)
    2004 : R. Barrichello (Ferrari)
    2003 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2002 : R. Barrichello (Ferrari)
    2001 : J.P. Montoya (Williams)
    2000 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1999 : H-H. Frentzen (Jordan)
    1998 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1997 : D. Coulthard (McLaren)
    1996 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1995 : J. Herbert (Benetton)
    1994 : D. Hill (Williams)
    1993 : D. Hill (Williams)
    1992 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1991 : N. Mansell (Williams)
    1990 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1989 : A. Prost (McLaren)
    1988 : G. Berger (Ferrari)
    1987 : N. Piquet (Williams)
    1986 : N. Piquet (Williams)
    1985 : A. Prost (McLaren)
    1984 : N. Lauda (McLaren)
    1983 : N. Piquet (Brabham)
    1982 : R. Arnaux (Renault)
    1981 : A. Prost (Renault)
    1980 : N. Piquet (Brabham)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Buscando la imperfección perfecta...

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    Muchas gracias, McH.

    Esperemos que Monza sea algo más emocionante que Spa, aunque el dominio de Mercedes y la debacle de Ferrari complican la emoción.

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    Mucho dudo que sea más emocionante, al menos la carrera.

    La diversión seguro que estará fuera del Autódromo, con la plebe :....

    Y le seguira Mugello , puede recordar mucho a... "el día de la marmota"

    En Maranello hace furor la moda de llevar "las venas cortas", ya han quitado todas las herramientas cortantes, y están pensando hasta en retirar las cucharillas de café

    Y para evitar que haya mucha gente, han puesto precios módicos, solo el domingo 700€. No se si es en tribuna o en la pelouse
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    Por los alrededores de Monza se están creando almacenes de antorchas.

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    Es que dan ganas de llorar, que el año pasado Leclerc ganó en Spa y Monza de seguido "como que no quiere la cosa".

    Fue de risa, lo vi en Sky F1, cuando enfocaban a Sainz durante la carrera; Carlos agachaba la cabeza apesadumbrado y justo acababan de enfocar a un Ferrari, Brundle decia "no sabemos si esta triste por no poder correr o por ver el rendimiento de su coche el año que viene"

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    Bah!, ...

    Conociendo como funciona la maFIA, sobre todo con Ferrari , y viendo "los favores" que Ferrari les está haciendo (a la maFIA), por los gadgets "alegales" que todos tienen , en unos equipos "mas oscuros" que en otros, pero de los que nadie se salva ... ...

    Estoy totalemente convencido de que para el año que viene, aunque todo debería de ser una continuación de este año para todos ...

    Apostamos a que solo habrá dos equipos con "grandes" cambios??? ;

    McLaren con su cambio de UP Renault a Mercedes; Y Ferrari, del que nadie entenderá cómo han podido recuperar tanto .

    Si Ferrari repite un año como este , no se yo si Ferrari como empresa lo pasaría sin descalabros , amén de que los tifosis si que son capaces de incendiar Maranello... y Mugello, que también es suya.
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    Es que dan ganas de llorar, que el año pasado Leclerc ganó en Spa y Monza de seguido "como que no quiere la cosa".

    Fue de risa, lo vi en Sky F1, cuando enfocaban a Sainz durante la carrera; Carlos agachaba la cabeza apesadumbrado y justo acababan de enfocar a un Ferrari, Brundle decia "no sabemos si esta triste por no poder correr o por ver el rendimiento de su coche el año que viene"

    Jajajaja, qué grande Brundle. Lo triste es que tiene razón.

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    Albert Fabrega @AlbertFabrega · 5min

    FIA controlará los limites de pista en la T11 (parabólica) con 2 sensores: 1 en media curva y otra en salida donde había banana.







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    Albert Fabrega@AlbertFabrega · 19min

    Se ha reasfaltado la parte del circuito que va de la salida de T2 al final de T3 (Grande). También se ha parcheado parte de T4.

    Track has been resurfed from exit T2 till end of T3 (Grande) .Also a part of T4 has been resurfaced .





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    Los inútiles a cargo de la web de la FIA siguen haciendo de las suyas...

    A alguien le abre bien el siguiente enlace?
    2020_italian_grand_prix_-_circuit_map.pdf

    Si a alguien le sale el mapa de pista , por favor, que lo ponga en este hilo, o me mande el pdf por Mensaje Privado. Gracias.
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    Los inútiles a cargo de la web de la FIA siguen haciendo de las suyas...

    A alguien le abre bien el siguiente enlace?
    2020_italian_grand_prix_-_circuit_map.pdf

    Si a alguien le sale el mapa de pista , por favor, que lo ponga en este hilo, o me mande el pdf por Mensaje Privado. Gracias.

    De momento, está «rompido». A ver si se ganan el pan y suben el bueno.

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    No, no abre.

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    Jajajaja, qué grande Brundle. Lo triste es que tiene razón.
    La verdad que junto a David Croft hacen una pareja muy buena de comentaristas. Tienen buen humor pero "sin pasarse", sin coletillas, sin chorradas continuas sobre el tiempo (guiño guiño)...

    Yo he mamado comentaristas ingleses desde hace 10-11 años cuando empecé a ver motor mas allá de la F1, y los hay realmente buenos (tambien aqui, claro).

    Pero, sin duda, el trio que mas me ha gustado en mi vida era el que protagonizaban Ben Edwards junto al ex-piloto Tim Harvey y la fantástica Louise Goodman a pie de pista. Uno de mis mayores pesares es que Edwards dejase la BTCC cuando le ofrecieron comentar la F1 en la BBC en 2012, como para negarse a algo asi, a mi me dolió casi tanto como cuando murió el doblador de Homer Simpson.

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    Sainz utilizará aquí la unidad de potencia con la que tuvo problemas en Spa,




    https://www.racefans.net/2020/09/03/...gain-at-monza/

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    Monza tendrá algo de público.



    Habrá 250 trabajadores de la salud invitados al GP de Italia



    https://campeones.com.ar/articulo/1535

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    Lari ya ha pasado por Monza a colocar su banderín.



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    Bonito cartel.




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    Ya han medio hecho lo que tenían pendiente en la web FIA, medio porque solo han arreglado uno de los links , pero al menos ya hay uno bueno







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    Italian GP: Preview - Ferrari

    Sunday sees the 91st edition of the Italian Grand Prix, the 71st to count towards the Formula 1 World Championship, the only race along with the British Grand Prix to feature in every season since the series began. It has been held at the Monza circuit every year with the exception of the 1980 event which was held at the Dino e Enzo Ferrari circuit at Imola, a race won by Nelson Piquet in a Brabham. Over the years, Scuderia Ferrari has won 19 times, started from pole 21 times and secured a total of 69 podium finishes.



    Since the 'old' Hockenheim disappeared, Monza is the only high-speed track on the Formula 1 calendar. In the old days, there were no chicanes on the long straights making for some incredibly close racing, with dozens of overtaking moves every lap thanks to the slipstreaming effect. The current track, a temple for Ferrari fans, consists of high speed corners interspersed with long straights, with chicanes to reduce the speeds, so that drivers and cars are subjected to heavy braking forces. The two Lesmo corners are among the most interesting and difficult: exiting the second Lesmo at 180 km/h it is all too easy to end up on the wrong line and run wide in the escape road. However, the most famous corner is probably the Parabolica, a high-speed curve leading on to the start-finish straight with, in the background, the old high speed oval with a 38 degree banking. Watch out also for the first chicane where in the space of 150 metres the cars slow from 340 to 80 km/h. Cars run very little aero downforce to be as fast as possible down the straights, which is the key to a quick lap time.


    Last year, the Scuderia won here with Charles Leclerc, just one week on from his maiden Formula 1 win in the Belgian Grand Prix, thus making him the youngest ever driver to take two wins in a row. Ferrari also holds another record at Monza: two years ago, Kimi Raikkonen, at the wheel of the SF17H, took pole at an average speed of 263.587 km/h, the quickest ever lap in a Formula 1 car.


    Like all the other races run so far this year, the Italian Grand Prix will be held behind closed doors and therefore there will be no traditional track invasion by the fans at the end of the race. However, there will be 250 very special people in the grandstands, socially distanced of course: doctors and nurses will be guests at the track, as a symbolic honour for their courage, sense of duty and altruism as front line workers in the fight against Covid-19. The first race which will let in a small number of spectators will be the Toscana-Ferrari 1000 Grand Prix, which takes place the following weekend at the Mugello Circuit, where just under 3000 spectators will watch from three grandstands.


    Sebastian Vettel
    :
    "Monza is one of the most famous Formula 1 tracks in the world. This season, racing at the Autodromo Nazionale will seem very strange, because without fans, there will be a surreal atmosphere. Plus we come to Monza knowing it's going to be tough to be a frontrunner this weekend.


    "The last race here was anything but straightforward for me and we are well aware that will also be the case this time.

    We have a specific aero package that we hope will make the SF1000 more competitive. Nevertheless our aim this weekend is the same as always: to make the most of our package and bring home as many points as possible."


    Charles Leclerc
    :
    "Last year I experienced the most emotional moment of my racing career here in Monza. This time around, the grandstands will be empty, as our fans, who made the podium ceremony so unforgettable, unfortunately can't be there with us.


    "We are not as competitive as last year, so it will be a difficult weekend. All the same, we are not lacking motivation for this round. We will all pull together to bring home the best possible result."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Red Bull

    How do you see our chances heading in to Monza?



    Max Verstappen
    :
    It is difficult to say at the moment as it isn't normally our best track with all the long straights but last year in practice we were quite competitive in practice before taking a penalty so let's hope that it is going to be the same again this year. Spa was my sixth podium in a row so hopefully we can keep this streak going and soon fight for first instead of second and third but that might not be the case here. Of course we keep pushing and we don't give up but we have to be realistic that Mercedes are still the favourites.


    This weekend the ban on qualifying modes comes into effect. How much impact will that have?


    MV:
    I don't want to talk too much about the engine qualifying modes as we really don't know how it will affect us and other teams. I hope it will bring everyone a little closer together but there is no point in guessing.


    Renault
    were fast in Spa. Do you think they'll be a threat here?


    MV:
    I think where there are a lot of long straights Renault seem to have quite a good balance on the car and a good trade-off between top speed and cornering but we will see. Overall I don't think they are a massive threat, maybe at Monza they will be close again but we will see when we are out on track.


    What do you think about the ‘Temple of Speed'?


    MV:
    Monza is super fast which makes it great fun to drive but it can also be a challenge for us. High-speed corners are always exciting and especially the last corner, Parabolica, which is really nice. Monza is such a historic track which I always look forward to going to and unfortunately there are of course no fans this year but we'll still try and make it an exciting race!


    It's Round 8 at the Italian Grand Prix. First things first, what topping do you have on your pizza?


    Alex Albon:
    I tend to have the salami picante! But yeah, we're in Italy and Monza is a great place with amazing food. I love the pasta, the pizza, all of it!


    So we've arrived at the Temple of Speed! What are your thoughts on the Monza track?


    AA:
    Monza is obviously a very historic track. It's super fast and I think it's good for racing. We saw last year just how hectic qualifying can be - I didn't even set a lap in Q3! But that's part of it and the thing that makes Monza really special is the passion of the Tifosi and unfortunately it's going to be a little different this year.


    What do you make of the notorious old banking?


    AA:
    I've stood on the banking just to see how steep it is and it's very cool. I'd love to drive on it with the old circuit layout and the oval. I couldn't imagine driving in that era where you would literally fly if you went off the track. There's that term "I'm flying" and that would literally have been the case then. It must have been nuts.


    What are the key things to look out for at this track?


    AA:
    Turn One is tricky on this circuit because it's such a long straight and you can get a tow down to the first corner. There's a lot of time to think and then you have to pick your turn in point perfectly. At most circuits there's a little bit of give and take with racing lines but at Monza there's only really one line you can take. So you've got to be precise, good on the brakes and more importantly get a good slipstream!
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - McLaren

    Carlos Sainz: "After the race in Barcelona I was hoping for another clean weekend at Spa, but unfortunately I couldn't even start the race on Sunday. It's very frustrating to look back and see all the points I've missed this season due to different problems, but I prefer to look forward and invest all my energy in the challenges and races ahead. I'm feeling good in the car and I'm sure my luck will eventually turn around if we keep focused and keep working hard.



    "Luckily, I don't have long to wait to get back in the car, as we head straight to Monza for the start of an Italian double-header. The high-speed characteristics of the circuit usually offer opportunities to overtake, especially into the first chicane, so we should be in for an exciting race. I've been working alongside the team these past few days to make sure we can maximise the performance of the car."


    Lando Norris
    :
    "We've had a positive start to this triple-header and now we head to Italy where we'll try to keep up that momentum. The competition is extremely tight in both the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships, so we know that missing opportunities for points can have a big impact on those standings. We'll be doing everything we can to build on P3 and P6 respectively. Monza is one of the more exciting circuits on the calendar with plenty of opportunities to battle for position, and I'm looking forward to getting out on track come FP1."


    Andreas Seidl, Team Principal:
    "We move on to Monza with the mixed emotions of the Belgian Grand Prix put behind us, ready to fight again at the 'temple of speed'. As ever with these triple-headers, a lot of pressure is placed on the team to make sure we're prepared for the next race. The unique high-speed Monza circuit, will make it necessary to bring a low-downforce package again. It's up to us in the race team to extract the maximum performance from the car in what will be a tight battle for strong points finishes.


    "We'll also carry a special tribute on the car this weekend to Ray Rowe, who is set to retire from the team after an incredible 55 years of service. ‘Tex', as he's fondly known in the team, joined with Bruce in 1965 and has worked in a variety of roles, including helping Bruce prepare for our first grand prix in 1966. We wish Tex a happy and healthy retirement.


    "The intensity in the midfield is keeping us sharply focused on the task at hand. We're aware that one bad race can drop a team from third in the Constructors' Championship to sixth, so our strategy, operations and performance need to be at consistently high levels. With the narrow performance gap between four or five teams, we should be in for an exciting and enjoyable race."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Renault

    Fourth place and the fastest lap in Belgium meant Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed his best race with the team to date. Now the Australian is looking ahead to Monza this weekend, a circuit and place he enjoys.



    What do you like about Monza?


    Daniel Ricciardo
    :
    Monza is one of my favourite tracks. It's probably not typical for my style as I love street circuits with walls and the close shaves. But Monza is high-speed and a lot of fun, especially with the low downforce as the car skates around. I really like the setting in the park and I certainly get a buzz there. It's also home to the best pizza in the world, which is my weekend fuel. Although there won't be fans there, you can feel the awesome energy about the place. My background is Italian, so I do love it there.


    After the result last year what can we expect this weekend?


    DR:
    We had a very good result last year with fourth and fifth as a team there in the race. Let's try and go one better this year! I'm feeling confident going into it especially after our performance in Spa. We showed what we can do at a low downforce track in both qualifying and the race. The result was great in Spa, so we're determined to do it again this weekend.


    After matching his best ever result in Formula 1 in Spa last weekend, Esteban Ocon is focused on this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Esteban has close links to Italy as he aims to push on for another good result.


    What are your memories of Monza?


    Esteban Ocon
    :
    Monza is a really fun track. I have good memories from there back in 2017, when I started the race from third after qualifying fifth in the rain. I had a good race fighting with the Ferraris, which was nice. In 2018, I qualified quite well in eighth and ended up sixth in the race, which was also a great result. My years in Monza have been decent and I'm going there with the aim of replicating Spa. That's the target. Our performance in Spa shows we're capable of some good things and the similar track characteristics means we should be in a good position to get strong points. I have quite close links to Italy. I lived there in my Formula 3 days with Prema Racing and most of my karting was also in Italy. I speak Italian, so I reckon 40% of my life is Italy!


    What are the challenges of the circuit?


    EO:
    The main challenges of Monza are straight line speed and braking. You need good brakes after coming into corners from high-speed. The engine is going to play a big part as always at power sensitive circuits. There are some legendary corners there: Parabolica, Ascari, the Lesmos and Curva Grande. They are all quite unique in the way you take them.


    How do you look back on last weekend's race?


    EO:
    We can certainly go to Monza feeling ready and determined for a good result. We showed at a track like Spa what we're capable of achieving, and I think we can do the same this weekend if we execute our plan. I was happy with the race in Spa, especially the last lap overtake for fifth, which put us behind Daniel for a good team result. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and I'm sure we'll continue to push across these next two Italian races.


    The team enjoyed its best result since returning to Formula 1 in 2016 in Belgium with 23 points from Daniel's fourth place, and fastest lap, and Esteban's fifth place. Chief Race Engineer, Ciaron Pilbeam assesses the team's performance and looks ahead to this weekend's race in Monza.


    What are the main challenges of Monza?


    Ciaron Pilbeam:
    Spa and Monza are both low downforce circuits. The two chicanes at Monza are the only slower corners on the circuit, with big braking events before them. The other corners are medium to high speed, and there are three long straights, which makes the circuit even lower downforce than Spa. The weather can be up and down in Monza as the race is in late summer/early autumn, so we need to keep an eye on the forecast and ensure we're ready for any conditions that might occur.


    How would you assess last weekend's race?


    CP:
    The race weekend in Spa went very well for us. The car handled well in the lower downforce configuration and both drivers were happier with it than they had been in Barcelona right from the beginning of the weekend. The whole team performed well over the weekend, and chassis, engine, strategy and factory support all contributed to the result. It's great to get a result like that, not only for the championship points that it brings, but for the confidence of the team and the belief that we can achieve more.


    After a good team result in Spa, what can we expect this weekend?


    CP:
    We were competitive in Spa, and we're hoping for another good weekend. We were competitive in Monza last year, finishing 4th and 5th, and we have just seen again that the car is good on lower downforce. If we can put together another weekend like the last one we hope to score some good points. The technical directive that comes into force in Monza, regarding qualifying and race engine modes, will affect all teams to some extent, and it will be interesting to see whether it affects the order of the grid in qualifying and the race.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Racing Point

    Some of your best showings have come at Monza. Why does it bring out the best in you?



    Lance Stroll
    :
    "It's such a high-speed track, which makes it a great challenge. Starting on the front row in 2017 was one of the best days of my career and I'm really looking forward to getting back there. I don't think there's any secret to my performances there - it's just been a case of maximising the weekends."


    We're approaching the halfway point of the 2020 season. How do you rate your campaign so far?


    LS:
    "It's been a good start so far and I think we've had a strong start to the year as a team too. We've been consistently scoring points and I'm enjoying this car. We've had some challenging races too - such as last week in Spa, but we're learning the lessons and working hard to keep improving the car. There is still a long way to go this season - ten more races - and I'm excited for a lot of the tracks coming up."


    How would you describe Monza in three words?


    LS:
    "Quick, historic, Italian!"


    2019 was a memorable race, recovering from the back to P7. Was it one of your best drives in F1?


    Sergio Perez
    :
    "It was definitely a good race! It was also a tricky one and we honestly weren't expecting great things - but the team did a fantastic job and we had a really strong result. I had a great start too, which helped us make the most of the situation and we collected good points. Hopefully we can collect more this weekend."


    In Monza, teams run very little downforce on the car. How does it feel to drive the car there?


    SP:
    "On the straights it feels really light and you can feel that you're right at the edge of what a Formula 1 car can do at high speeds. It's part of what makes Monza such a unique challenge. It's also great to drive at a circuit with such history and atmosphere. It'll be really strange not to have the passionate fans there this year."


    Your season has had a few twists and turns already. Now we're approaching the halfway point, how do you rate your campaign so far?


    SP:
    "It was tough to miss two races, so I can't be fully satisfied with my season. But the great thing is that there are still a lot of races to go and the car is performing well, so I know I can be stronger in the second half of the season. I think I have room for improvement too, so I'm looking forward to putting everything together and hopefully fighting for a podium in the coming races."


    Track Facts



    Spa
    and Monza are outliers compared to the majority of tracks on the calendar. Both are high-efficiency circuits, meaning there's a balance to be struck in how much downforce teams are willing to keep on the car, knowing it will lead to the drawback of extra drag on the high-speed straights.


    While average speeds are also comparable, the engineering challenge is quite different. Monza is a longitudinal circuit, meaning there's a greater emphasis on braking and traction when accelerating out of corners, whereas cornering and high lateral g-forces are more of a consideration at Spa.


    That average lap speed can hit a staggering 250 km/h - despite featuring two low-speed chicanes!


    Monza
    is highly dependent on engine power, with around 70% of the lap spent at full throttle. In a conventional Formula 1 season, teams would tend to align their engine upgrades or new components for the Spa / Monza events, knowing the benefit could be tangible over their rivals.


    Despite the long straights and limited number of corners, brakes are truly tested at Monza. The Grand Prix will put the brakes under high temperature conditions, which can be increased by traffic, DRS usage and other factors. Peak brake temperature can climb as high as 1,200 degrees Celsius here and cause oxidisation, meaning managing the conditions is essential.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Alfa Romeo

    Home Grands Prix are like buses: you wait a whole year for one, and then two come along at the same time. And while there is no such thing as a Swiss Grand Prix any longer, travelling to Monza (and Mugello, next week), proudly displaying the name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and with an Italian driver in the shape of Antonio Giovinazzi, means we can celebrate our home race not just once, but twice in two weeks (and that's even before we head to Imola later next month).



    Monza
    is one of those special places that claim a part of Formula One history: those timeless circuits that tell you tales of heroes of yore from the moment you step through their hallowed gates. In this place, on the doorstep of Milan and of Alfa Romeo's historical headquarters in Arese, every corner evokes a memory - some good, some bad. For our team, it's the place where we first scored a podium, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1995, and where Robert Kubica first climbed to the rostrum, in 2006. Monza is the place where we finished on the podium the most times - four, an accolade shared with Canada - and where Antonio Giovinazzi produced a great performance last year to inflame the Italian fans.


    The famous Italian fans - this will be what we will miss the most this year. Passionate, knowledgeable, ready to display their support with flags, chants and flares. Racing in Monza without them will be weird: it will feel like something big is missing. But race we will, and we will race for them, flying the flag from the moment we head out of the garage to the chequered flag.


    We'll give it all, as always. But we'll give it a little bit more, because this is no regular race week. It's home race week.


    Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal:
    "Racing in Italy while carrying the Alfa Romeo brand on our cars is always something special, and we are lucky enough to do it twice in two weeks. It will give the team that extra bit of motivation to do well and build on the performance from Spa. We have shown some positive signs in Belgium and we intend to keep on pushing in this direction. We know some tracks will suit us better than others between now and the end of the season but our objective remains the same - maximising the performance of our package in every round."


    Kimi Raikkonen
    :
    "Racing in Monza always brings up some good memories from my years in Ferrari, but once you sit in the car you only focus on the weekend's job. We had a decent race last time out but we need to do a bit more if we want to finish in the points. The target doesn't really change: we need to make it to Q2 to get the best grid position possible and then try to make the most out of the race. We have seen in recent events that small swings in performance can mean a big change in positions, especially in the midfield, so we need to keep doing our job as best as we can."


    Antonio Giovinazzi
    :
    "My home race always means something special to me - especially this year. Italy has suffered a lot in 2020 and I'm determined to do my best to give my people a smile. Without fans in the grandstands, it won't be the same but I know there are so many supporters watching from home and I'll race for them all. Last year I drove one of my best races here, finishing in the points, and it would be great to have a similar result. We saw last weekend that we seem to have made a step forward as a team, so hopefully we can fight in the midfield this weekend as well."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Haas

    Formula One has been fast-moving in recent months and fittingly the eighth event in just a 10-week spell will take place at the cathedral of speed itself: the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, long-time host of the Italian Grand Prix.



    Monza
    , located a short hop north of fashionista focal point Milan, is one of the oldest purpose-built circuits in the world, having opened its doors in 1922. Its celebrated banking is now a monument to a bygone era but history lurks at every step in the parkland setting as the class of 2020 prepares to add another chapter to the venue's legacy.


    The circuit is the fastest on Formula One's calendar and is famed for the high-speed sections that are punctuated by a smattering of chicanes and quick corners. These turns, and the heavy braking zones, are made more challenging by the low-downforce packages that Formula One teams run, facilitating speeds in excess of 350km/h being reached on the run to the Rettifilo Chicane. The fastest 10 laps in Formula One history have all come at Monza across the past two seasons as drivers flexed their muscles in ferociously fast cars at this throttle-happy track. Kimi Raikkonen's 2018 pole lap was achieved at an average speed of 263.588km/h, as he completed the 11 turns and 5.793km in just 1:19.119s.


    Monza
    has historically not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Haas F1 Team and the circuit layout is unlikely to suit the characteristics of the VF-20. But as ever Haas F1 Team and experienced drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will keep pushing in order to grab any opportunity that may arise.


    There was some adversity faced in last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix - notably a frustrating Friday with technical issues limiting the team's track time. As team principal, what's your chief role in those situations? For example, is it to lead the investigation into what went wrong and why, or is it more to keep the team working forward and motivated despite the issues being faced?


    Guenther Steiner:
    "The first thing is to keep the team motivated - thank God they're all still motivated to keep on going. I really admire that from the guys. With regards to the investigation, we cannot do that ourselves, that's to do with the power unit and we have no insight into it. I need to push our power unit supplier to give us solutions. Losing running time on a Friday, that doesn't help anybody."


    Looking ahead, the Italian Grand Prix marks a home race for yourself. When was your first visit to Autodromo Nazionale Monza and what are your favorite Italian Grand Prix moments?


    GS:
    "I have a lot of home grands prix; people love to remind me how many I have. I'm a little bit of a global citizen, so I would say the Italian Grand Prix is one of my home races. But it is actually the closest one to my hometown, that much is correct. My first visit to Monza was not with Formula One, it was I think in rallying, probably Rally Monza or something like that. It was a long time ago; I'm getting so old now I can't really remember the first time there - if a tree's in front of it it's difficult to remember the rally. One of my best moments there would be my first podium in Formula One with Eddie (Irvine) and Jaguar. It was my first podium and my last in Formula One up until now. I hope to get there again soon as it was a great moment. I don't think it will happen this year."


    The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is renowned for being a temple of speed. Given power-heavy circuits haven't been favorable to the VF-20 this season, what's the realistic expectation of performance heading into the race weekend?


    GS:
    "Realistically we'll be fighting to get out of Q1. That is the real expectation but that's what we'll be working towards - making it out of Q1. You need to have a target, but it needs to be realistic. There's no point dreaming about getting into Q3. If we can get out of Q1, especially on high speed tracks like Spa and Monza, that's good. We'll fight hard but we know we've got one arm tied behind our back."


    Following on in terms of power circuits, what do you make of the track layout for the Sakhir Grand Prix in December and do you applaud Formula One's bold decision to make use of an alternative track layout given the back-to-back races at Bahrain International Circuit?


    GS:
    "I fully support the change of track layout, it's the right thing to do. I think it's a cool thing as well, we need to be creative and put on a good show for the fans. I don't know exactly how the track layout will suit us, I haven't seen any simulations from the guys, it only just came out. It obviously looks like it's a very short lap, but who cares - if it's different it will at least create some excitement because it's new, but also, it'll hopefully create some excitement with the racing. It's a simplistic layout for Formula One but sometimes simple things work as well."


    Describe what's required from your set-up to be competitive at Autodromo Nazionale Monza and how do you evolve that set-up from Friday's practice session through to preparing for Sunday's race?


    Romain Grosjean
    :
    "Monza is a very atypical circuit. There's a lot of straight lines, so obviously top speed and drag is key on the set-up. But also because of those high speeds, there's big breaking and you use the kerbs a lot. The set-up is really about putting confidence into the car. From Friday to Sunday, normally what you do is keep removing downforce from the car, you keep pushing the limit of it."


    The Italian Grand Prix is renowned for the passion of its fans with the famed 'Tifosi' adding to the atmosphere over the weekend - something that will unfortunately be missing on this visit. Where does the atmosphere of a race weekend hit you the most - is it on arrival each day, in and around the paddock, or on the grid before the race - and will Monza in particular feel even stranger without fans on-site?


    RG:
    "Monza will definitely feel strange without the fans, especially when you get to the paddock. Usually all the fans are waiting by the car park and it's almost difficult to walk to the paddock - but it's mega to be a part of it. For me this season, it's usually Sunday on the grid where you miss the fans the most. At Monza we'll definitely feel it every day."


    What are your own memorable Monza moments from your career to-date?


    RG:
    "I had my first ever Formula Renault 2.0 race at Monza in the Eurocup back in 2004. It was also the first race for my team (SG Formula), it was brand new team. I qualified second from something like 45 cars on the grid. I surprised everyone, including myself, it was mega."


    The additional races now confirmed for the end of the season include the return of the Turkish Grand Prix. It's not a track you've personally raced at in Formula One, but do you have any experience there in the junior categories? If not, what do you know about the circuit and its challenges?


    RG:
    "The Istanbul Park is a mega circuit. With the new Formula One car it's going to be absolutely amazing. I raced there a few times in the GP2 Series. I won the last time I was there in 2011. It's a great circuit for racing and action. Turn eight, which everybody talks about, it's really going to be a moment in these modern Formula One cars. It'll probably be flat out, there'll be so much g-force going on. It's a tricky track. There's a good variety of corners - mostly flowing in sectors one and two, then going into the last few corners it's much lower speed, so it's quite a challenge in terms of set-up. I think it's just going to be great to be there."


    Describe what's required from your set-up to be competitive at Autodromo Nazionale Monza and how do you evolve that set-up from Friday's practice session through to preparing for Sunday's race?


    Kevin Magnussen
    :
    "Monza is a track with very long straights, so you need a car with great straight-line performance. At the same time, you have some big breaking zones which then requires a car with stability on the breaks. You need to try and survive in the high-speed corners with the low-downforce and a well-balanced car. You try and get away with as little downforce as you can to go fast on the straights, that's the tricky bit."


    The Italian Grand Prix is renowned for the passion of its fans with the famed 'Tifosi' adding to the atmosphere over the weekend - something that will unfortunately be missing on this visit. Where does the atmosphere of a race weekend hit you the most - is it on arrival each day, in and around the paddock, or on the grid before the race - and will Monza in particular feel even stranger without fans on-site?


    KM:
    "Monza will feel very different, there's always a great atmosphere there. You would get very close to the fans entering the track and driving through the park from the hotel every morning. Of course, the atmosphere on Sunday, both before and after the race, we'll all miss that this year. I always think that on a race weekend, the atmosphere is extra special just before the race itself. That's usually when most of the spectators are in their seats, the grandstands are completely full. Usually during practice and so on they might be wandering around the circuit a bit more, but for the bit just before the race when everyone's seated, you really feel that energy."


    What are your own memorable Monza moments from your career to-date?


    KM:
    "My first Italian Grand Prix there in Formula One back in 2014 was obviously very special. It's such a great atmosphere, it really sets it aside from some other races - it's special for any driver to experience."


    The additional races now confirmed for the end of the season include the return of the Turkish Grand Prix. It's not a track you've personally raced at in Formula One, but do you have any experience there in the junior categories? If not, what do you know about the circuit and its challenges?


    KM:
    "I've never been to Turkey before. There are quite a few circuits this year that I'll be driving for the first time - Mugello, Imola and Turkey, they'll all be new to me. There'll be a lot of learning done this year, which is something I'm looking forward to, it's always a great challenge. I've obviously watched Formula One for years, so I've seen the races at Istanbul Park. I'm familiar with the layout of the circuit. It's the rhythm of the track, you only get that when you drive it for yourself. The first time out it's a steep learning curve but you get to a good level pretty quickly. That said, you never stop learning about a track, you're always fine-tuning things."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Williams

    Round eight of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship takes us to Italy's 'Temple of Speed' and the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. It is a race like no other, being held at a circuit steeped in history, with the remnants of the old high-speed banking providing an incredible backdrop to the modern track which blasts through the parkland trees. Monza regularly sees some of the highest speeds of the season with drivers on full throttle for most of the lap due to its long straights and fast corners such as Ascari and Parabolica. In comparison to the extreme elevation changes of Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, Monza is generally flat with a gradual gradient from the second Lesmo to Ascari.



    Following Roy's successful debut FP1 outing in Barcelona, he will once again take part in the first practice session this weekend. To coincide with this, the FW43 will also carry the Israel Start-Up Nation logo for the duration of the Italian Grand Prix on the front wing end plate.


    Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
    The recent confirmation of the final races of the 2020 season and the reassurance of a traditional Spa Monza back-to-back validates what a remarkable job Formula One have done to create an exciting and fascinating season in such difficult times. Whilst we are seriously looking forward to returning to Istanbul Park and taking on the challenge of the Outer circuit in Bahrain, our immediate focus is on Monza.


    We had a difficult race in Spa and felt unable to demonstrate our true race pace on Sunday. Fortunately, a lot of what we learnt in Spa carries forward to Monza. There will be a strong emphasis on reducing drag and maximising end-of-straight speed, but at the same time, the signature corners in Monza cannot be treated lightly and require good levels of downforce and balance.


    We welcome back Roy Nissany, who will drive George's car during FP1 this weekend. Roy did an excellent job in Barcelona and again he will play a vital role in our Friday engineering plan, before George takes over in FP2. We will be concentrating on rear wing performance as well as looking at some development items.


    A recent clarification to the F1 regulations means that engine modes will be a little different this weekend, with engine power having to remain consistent throughout qualifying and the race. Whilst this may have an impact on our relative pace in qualifying and the race, we expect the effect to be small and we are totally confident that our partners at Mercedes will continue to maximise the potential of their exceptional power unit.


    George Russell
    :
    It is always good fun racing at Monza. It is an historic circuit, very fast, high speed with minimum downforce. I think performance wise it will be a very similar weekend as we just had in Spa as the circuit characteristics are very similar. We will have the same objectives and goals to last weekend, trying to fight the Alfas and the Haas'.


    Nicholas Latifi
    :
    Monza is always a track that brings great racing, so I am really excited to get going once again. On paper, the circuit may not suit our car but at the same time coming off the back of Spa where we were expecting something similar, we did perform better than expected. That bodes well heading into Monza and gives us all a sense of optimism in what the team has been doing and the direction that we have been going in to bring performance. I can't wait to hit the track and get going into another race.


    Roy Nissany:
    After the great session in Barcelona I am really looking forward to driving at Monza. This legendary track is one of my favourites, as it is where I had my first single seater win. I'm sure it will be emotional, but as always, I will switch on my robot mode to ensure I will be fully focused on completing my job for the team. This FP1 session, I will have more experience, greater confidence and I feel even better than before, ahead of jumping in the car. Of course, we will do more preparations in the simulator at the factory this week following Spa. I am keen to get in the car and release that clutch lever.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Italian GP: Preview - Pirelli

    At Monza, the 'temple of speed', the same compound selection has been made as last year: C2 as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft. These are the tyres that sit right in the middle of Pirelli's F1 range, covering a wide spectrum of conditions.



    This choice has been made to suit the varied characteristics of Monza. As well as its famous flat-out straights, there are some slower and more technical sections that have been added to the iconic Italian track over the years to try to contain average speeds.


    Like Belgium, Monza is another race whose original 2020 date hasn't been moved - and past experience has shown that it can be extremely hot at this time of year, towards the end of the Italian summer.


    Monza
    is one of the classic venues on the Formula 1 calendar, where top speeds close to 360kph are seen thanks to teams running minimal downforce to avoid drag down the straights. The trade-off is that there's less aerodynamic grip through the corners, meaning that the cars then have to rely more on mechanical grip from the tyres. With less downforce pushing down on them, the tyres are more susceptible to sliding - which increases wear.


    If the weather isn't warm, another effect of the long and fast straights at Monza is to cool the tyres down - meaning that they might not be completely up to temperature for the following corners.


    Last year's race was won with a one-stop strategy as Charles Leclerc sealed a popular home victory for Ferrari. Leclerc, who started from pole, was the only driver to choose a soft-hard strategy: the other one-stoppers all went for a soft-medium plan.


    Mercedes
    driver Lewis Hamilton, who stopped twice, finished less than a second behind Leclerc - so a variety of strategies is clearly possible at the Italian race.


    The overall lap record of 1m19.119s was set by Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying with Ferrari two years ago.


    However, the fastest race lap at Monza still dates back to 2004, courtesy of Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello. Could this be the season when that 16-year-old benchmark finally gets broken?


    Mario Isola:
    "For the first time in history, we embark on two consecutive Formula 1 weekends in Italy: each with different tyre nominations too. Unlike Mugello, Monza is very much a known quantity, with the teams having plenty of relevant data from these same compounds that were also used last year.


    "However, the cars are now a lot faster and the weather could also be a question mark: it's often warm and dry but there's been rain in recent years too. Both a one-stopper and a two-stopper can work, but unlike last year, the drivers now have a fixed tyre allocation that has a direct effect on the strategy by influencing which compounds they ultimately have available for the race. However, this allocation has been designed to give the drivers the maximum possible opportunities, so that they can target the tyres that they want to have on race day."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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