ITALIAN GP

 

Qualifying        Race    

 Round 14 – Monza, 6 to 8 Sep

 

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 6th 

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1155

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1550

Sat 7th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1230

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1535

Recording: 1830 to 2000

Sun 8th  

Race

1410 to 1540-ish

1230 to 1730

Recording: 1900 to 2100

 

 

Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

Hard

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Medium

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Soft

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Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

4

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

4

8

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

2

10

Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

1

3

9

Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

2

2

9

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

1

3

9

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

2

2

9

Carlos Sainz (McLaren)

2

2

9

Lando Norris (McLaren)

2

2

9

Sergio Perez (Racing Point)

1

2

10

Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

1

2

10

Kimi Raikkonen (Sauber)

2

2

9

Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber)

1

3

9

Daniil Kvyat  (Toro Rosso)

2

2

9

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

George Russell  (Williams)

1

3

9

Robert Kubica (Williams)

2

2

9

 

 

FP1:

Session started very wet but not raining, so eventually a dry line started to appear. Only the top ten went out on slicks. The rest set their times on inters earlier in the session mean very little.  Also earlier, both Raikkonen and Perez had spins that ended in the barrier.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m27.905s 

2

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

3

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

1m29.025s 

6

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m29.960s 

7

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

8

Vettel

Ferrari

 

9

Bottas

Mercedes

 

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m30.695s 

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m32.848s 

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m33.976s 

13

Ricciardo

Renault

 

14

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m34.980s 

15

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m35.980s 

17

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m37.815s 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m38.421s 

19

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

No Time 

20

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

No Time

 

FP2:

Not so wet this time, although there was drizzle in the air. Times are a bit more representative.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m20.978s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

7

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m22.124s 

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

9

Ricciardo

Renault

 

10

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

16

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m23.065s 

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m24.313s 

 

FP3:

·      Dry and sunny and everything back to normal.

·      Lots of slipstreaming practise with cars getting in each other’s way as they prepared for running together on a fast lap. Should be fun to watch in qualifying until someone gets caught out and there’s a coming together!

·      Track limits came into play again. The FIA stating that anyone exceeding track limits at the last corner (parabolica) will have that lap and the next lap disallowed. Running wide there will enable a quicker subsequent lap. (There used to be a sausage kerb there to deter drivers going wide, but in the Formula 2 session this morning one of the cars ran straight into that kerb at speed and was launched, rather scarily, high into the catch-fencing. The F1 session was delayed while they repaired the fencing and removed the kerb!!

·      And talking of track limits, why just the parabolica? I believe that any car that leaves the track, whether they are deemed to gain an advantage or not, should have that lap time deleted.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m20.294s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

 

6

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

9

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

10

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

11

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

12

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

13

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m21.292s 

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m22.374s 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m22.758s 

 

Q1:

·      Dry and sunny.

·      Pretty ordinary session until Perez stopped on the circuit with no drive (no smoke either, so might be electrics). This brought out the red flag while they removed him.

·      Restart of the session and last to go out was Verstappen (whole, along with Norris and Gasly has a ‘back-of-the-grid’ penalty for changing loads of bits) and he lost power and returned to the pits before setting a time. Technically, he has failed to qualify, but they’ll let him start.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m20.126s 

2

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

6

Vettel

Ferrari

7

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

8

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

9

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

11

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m20.723s 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m20.784s 

17

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m21.291s 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m22.356s 

20

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

No time 

 

Q2:

Very ordinary session.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m19.464s 

2

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Renault

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m20.498s

10

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m20.515s

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m20.517s

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

13

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m21.125s 

 

Q3:

·      The word shambles springs to mind. Unprofessional is another, and if you want a phrase; Extremely silly behaviour that brings the sport into disrepute and the Stewards should put them all at the back of the grid.

·      Monza is a great circuit for teams to arrange for their drivers to slipstream each other and gain quite an advantage. It’s a delicate balancing act. The air coming off the back of one of these racing cars is very turbulent, but it smooths out the further back you go. In the smoother air it’s possible to gain time as your car is not having to punch a hole in the air ahead of it – that having been done by the lead car. If you drop back too far you lose that benefit.  If you get too close you’re in the turbulence and lose the benefit. The trouble with that is that you don’t want to be the car in front unless your team tell you to be. If the car behind is in a different team, you definitely don’t want him to be there, so unless you have an arrangement with your teammate and he’s immediately behind you, everyone is reluctant to be at the front. In ht efirst run there was a bit of slipstreaming but it wasn’t so successful, and then Raikkonen put hi car in the wall and the session was red-flagged while they cleared up the mess. When the track re-opened there was a general reluctance to go out until the last minutes and even then a reluctance to take the lead. The drivers general y faffed about all the way around as the clocked ticked. Surely their engineers would have told them to stop messing about and get on with it. Whether they did or not only Sainz and Leclerc crossed the line before the chequered flag came out. Leclerc soon realised that his pole position was not under threat and backed off. And, as it turned out, Sainz didn’t improve. So there you go – unprofessional, and stupid.  The stewards are supposed to be investigating the whole sorry mess, but I don’t expect the order to be changed.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m19.307s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m20.455s

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

No time

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

No time

10

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

No time

 

GRID:

Slight change to the grid following Raikkonen having to change engine and gearbox as a result of his trip to the barrier in Q3.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

22

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

FL 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

19

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

18

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

17

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

15

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

14

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

10

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

10

12

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

9

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

8

 

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

7

 

15

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

6

 

16

Norris

McLaren-Renault

5

Penalty

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

4

Penalty

18

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

3

Penalty

19

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

2

Penalty

20

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1

Penalty

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

53

22

2

Bottas

Mercedes

53

20

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

53

20

4

Ricciardo

Renault

53

18

5

Hulkenberg

Renault

53

17

6

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

53

16

7

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

53

15

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

53

14

9

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

52

13

10

Norris

McLaren-Renault

52

12

11

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

52

10

12

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

52

9

13

Vettel

Ferrari

52

8

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

52

7

15

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

52

6

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

52

5

17

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

51

4

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

43

3

Hydraulics

19

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

29

2

Oil leak

20

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

27

1

Loose wheel

 

 

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