There are exciting times ahead in Round 14 of the Formula 1 race calendar with fans flocking towards the small town of Monza to welcome back Scuderia Ferrari for their home race around the aptly named Temple of Speed – Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
It’s a circuit that is a true test of velocity; the SF70H should have the edge on the rest of the grid after displaying promising performances form the previous 13 rounds. Fans will hope to see at the end of 70 laps the pit-straight will be painted in ‘Rosso’ red as Tifosi celebrate and cheer on their heroes.
The Scuderia Ferrari team will hope that they can benefit from the support from fans and can put on a thrilling show on race day race as they hope to race towards a double podium and score maximum points in the home, Italian GP.
The circuit measures up at 5.793km and is known as one of the fastest circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, to Tifosi and fans of the sports it’s known as the ‘Temple of Speed’. Cars can speed up to over 300 kph before punishing the brakes at Variante del Rettifilo (turns 1 & 2)
With the newly designed Formula 1 cars, including the SF70H there are relative unknowns in terms of total performance, but we should predict that there could be a new all-time lap record, which is currently held by Formula 1 legend Rubens Barichello.
The Italian GP in numbers.
Here’s our set-up and all the key numbers for Round 14 and the Italian GP:
53 – laps make up this Sunday’s race
5.793km – The length of each lap around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
306.72km – Total race distance
1:21.046 – Current lap record set in 2004 by Rubens Barichello
Scuderia Ferrari maintains their aggressive approach to race strategy again for the challenging high-speed circuit. The early signs of the favourite tyre to be used throughout the weekend will be the Supersoft tyre. Both Kimi and Seb have opted for the same race strategy, starting off with 1 set of the white-striped Medium tyre, 2 sets of the yellow-striped tyres and then 10 sets of the red-striped Supersoft tyre.
The SF70H will need to find the perfect balance between top-speed and prepare for the intricate sections around turns 1 & 2 as well as Lesmo and Ascari.
We’ve analysed the track and identified several key points that are of interest for Tifosi this weekend. We’ll see both Seb and Kimi position themselves at the front of the grid as they head into Rattifilo and appear unscathed as they navigate their way around the variety of 10 high-speed and tight turns before powering through Parabolica.
There is unsettled weather on the horizon, which could affect team race strategies and the need for the Cinturato Intermediate tyres and the Wet tyres. We could see a mix of sun and clouds as Friday Free Practice gets underway, but a much changed outlook for Saturdays Qualifying with a 90% chance of heavy rain that could interrupt Qualifying. However, race day on Sunday will remain dry with temperatures soaring to 28C.
With the strong chance of rain through Qualifying, there is the chance to see a very mixed grid for the Italian GP.
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