2022 F1 Italian Grand Prix preview: Monza turns 100


The 2022 System 1 World Championship continues this weekend with spherical 16, the Italian Grand Prix, going down on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

The Italian Grand Prix, just like the British Grand Prix, has been on the F1 calendar for the reason that inaugural 1950 season. It has been held at Monza, positioned simply exterior of Milan, yearly besides 1980, when it was held on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari positioned at Imola. In recent times, F1 has held extra rounds in Italy to assist cowl for rounds in different areas canceled because of pandemic-related restrictions.

With the demise of the unique monitor structure of the Hockenheimring in Germany, Monza stays the one historic high-speed monitor nonetheless internet hosting an F1 race. Within the previous days, there have been no chicanes on the lengthy straights, which made for some extremely shut racing, with dozens of overtaking strikes each lap because of the slipstreaming impact.

However the Italian Grand Prix is way older than F1, as its first race was held in 1921. Monza was constructed the next 12 months, making it 100 years previous this 12 months, and the circuit hosted its first Italian Grand Prix only a week after its completion.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, home of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, dwelling of the System 1 Italian Grand Prix

At this time, Monza’s 3.6-mile monitor structure consists of a collection of straights and a few tight chicanes, with drivers sometimes spending 76% of the lap time and 83% of the lap distance at full throttle. It delivers the quickest common velocity of the season and the vehicles attain greater than 200 mph in at least 4 sections.

Consequently, vehicles are arrange for low downforce to maximise their prime speeds. This in flip makes them extra depending on the mechanical traction from the tires to offer grip via the corners. Pirelli has nominated its C2 compound because the White arduous, C3 because the Yellow medium, and C4 because the Pink comfortable rubber compounds.

The climate at Monza this time of 12 months tends to be scorching, which is nice because the lengthy straights imply the tires can cool an excessive amount of when the climate is milder. The present forecast requires heat and sunny circumstances throughout each Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race, with 82 levels Fahrenheit anticipated to be the highest temperature.

Going into the weekend, Pink Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen leads the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 310 factors. Second and third locations are held by Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc who every have an equal 201 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Pink Bull leads with 511 factors. Ferrari is second with 376 factors and Mercedes-Benz AMG is third with 346 factors. Final 12 months’s Monza winner was Daniel Ricciardo driving for McLaren.


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