The ‘Temple of Speed’, as it is popularly known Italian circuit of Monza, it will be the scene this weekend of the following hand in hand between Max verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), and also the home run for Ferrari, an extra motivation for Carlos Sainz try to shine in front of the ‘tiffosi’.
After the races of the last two Sundays in Belgium and the Netherlands, the intense triptych of the end of summer closes in one of the most illustrious circuits of Formula 1, which Verstappen arrives at as new championship leader.
The Dutchman did not fail in front of his people in Zandvoort and faces the fourteenth appointment of the calendar with three points of advantage over Hamilton, who has only added one victory in the last nine races and is still waiting for the victory that will raise his all-time record in the competition to 100.
The Briton arrives encouraged by his outstanding record at Monza, where he has achieved five victories and seven pole positions throughout his career. All those successes contrast with the traditional problems on the Italian track for Red Bull, which has failed to score a single podium in its last seven visits to the Italian track, since Sebastian Vettel proclaimed winner in 2013.
The duel between the two great aspirants will have a little more ‘spicy’ with the Sprint format, which is repeated after its premiere at Silverstone. Thus, the fastest in qualifying on Friday will start first in Saturday’s 100-kilometer race, which in turn will decide the grid for Sunday’s race.
50% capacity in the stands
Local authorities have approved a 50 percent capacity in the stands of Monza, enough quantity for Carlos Sainz to feel the spirits to the ‘Scuderia’. The Madrilenian returns to a track where last year he was about to release his record, finishing second only behind the surprising Pierre Gasly, and aspires to add his third podium of the season.
For its part, Fernando Alonso you know what it’s like to win at Monza (in 2007 with McLaren and in 2010 with Ferrari) and returns to Italy again ahead in the classification of his teammate Esteban Ocon, which he overtook in the Netherlands. The Asturian is better placed in another category, the new award for the driver who makes the most overtaking during the season, where he is second (76) only behind Sebastian Vettel (82).
What’s more, Kimi Raikkonen will be out due to coronavirus again (Alfa Romeo), replaced again by Robert Kubica, and it will also be the first race for several pilots who this week have clarified their future for 2022 as Valtteri Bottas or George Russell, who will replace precisely the Finn at Mercedes. As for the weather, the sun will shine throughout the weekend with mild temperatures around 25 degrees.