Official Italian Grand Prix Thread ***SPOILERS***

Official Italian Grand Prix Thread ***SPOILERS***

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KernowSid

Original Poster:

264 posts

92 months

Thursday 5th September
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Its Thursday and so far no "Official" thread, so here is my attempt.

If I have missed anything, please feel free to contribute, guaranteed I have missed an important element!






Tyre allocation:




Weather forecast:

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2018 Qualifying standings:




2018 Results:




Current driver standings:




Current Constructor standings:




Television timings (Sky):







Form guide:





Anyone lucky enough to be going/be there?



Edited by KernowSid on Thursday 5th September 10:19

sandman77

1,569 posts

83 months

Thursday 5th September
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Thanks for kicking the thread off OP.

If we have another close battle between Mercedes and Ferrari I will be happy. Hopefully McLaren can make it to the flag in a decent position this week.

LaurasOtherHalf

15,416 posts

141 months

Thursday 5th September
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Rain affected FP1&2 could mean some fun and games as teams struggle to get the data on tyre wear.

I’m going CLC for pole to carry on the hype train, VET’s probably got enough performance advantage to hide his inability to get the rear tyres to work but as with spa, he won’t be able to carry it through to the race.

Can the Mercedes win it through race pace to break the Tifosi’s hearts? They’ve got to know that from Spa it’s possible-I’ll go for a HAM win.

KernowSid

Original Poster:

264 posts

92 months

Thursday 5th September
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Apologies its not as polished as previous OP's, Piginapoke and Dr Z have set the bar quite high.

Looking forward to this race. Not normally a Ferrari fan, but quite enjoying the momentum and upswell of support for Leclerc, and would like to see him stand atop the podium in front of the Tifosi.

Would also like to see Mclaren resolve their/Renaults reliability issues, after the unfortunate early retirement of Sainz, and the last lap heartache for Lando, though I'm not sure that the Monza layout will in anyway suit Mclaren.

So whats the consensus of the likely weekends results? Ferrari 1-2, followed by Mercedes 3-4, with Verstappen getting from the back to 5th or 6th?

tobinen

5,336 posts

90 months

Thursday 5th September
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Should be a Ferrari 1-2 one would think. HAM's margin is so large that as long as he beats BOT, he'll still extend his lead in the championship, assuming reliabilty and no offs. Then we're off to tracks more Mercedes-friendly.

Could Racing Point surprise as their car seems slippery? RAI in the Alfa should be up there too.

Supersam83

305 posts

90 months

Thursday 5th September
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Hopefully Ferrari can win this weekend. Just have this feeling Leclerc is going to be mighty around here. Would be a great atmosphere.

Mercedes have won the last 5 races at Monza and Ferrari's last win was in 2010 by Fernando Alonso.

Vettel has won here with Toro Rosso (his debut win with a Ferrari engine in the back) and Red Bull but not with Ferrari yet.

As we saw in Spa it will be all about Ferrari straight line speed Vs Mercedes race pace for the win.


E34-3.2

826 posts

24 months

Thursday 5th September
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I'll be there. Rain or not, hopefully it should be good fun.
Go lewis!

HustleRussell

16,791 posts

105 months

Thursday 5th September
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Ferrari will throw everything at winning this race.

Looks like it should be a Ferrari front row but if Spa is anything to go by, Vettel in particular will be vulnerable to the Mercedes in the race. I suspect whether or not Hamilton will get Leclerc will depend on other factors, safety cars etc, as it did last weekend.

We come away from Spa with some question marks over Ferrari and Mercedes PU reliability (Renault too, but that goes without saying...)

Hamilton said in the press that he has challenged the team to find a heap of straight line speed in time for Monza. How many risks might they take in pursuit of that?

We can expect to see Albon starting in a representative spot on the grid in a Red Bull for the first time- can he succeed where Verstappen has been failing and get a decent start? How aggressive will he be among F1's big hitters? Will Verstappen enable his new team-mate running up front to get to him?

Will it be Kimi Raikonnen or Sergio Perez in the 'best of the rest' spot?

RZ1

3,861 posts

151 months

Thursday 5th September
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Looking forward to this, I want another win for LeClerc

seymourski

233 posts

181 months

Thursday 5th September
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Given that all the teams bring a low down force aero package for this one will Ferrari's straight line speed advantage be reduced or nullified?

Presumably as some point you need enough grip for Parabolica, Curve Grande etc to get you on to the following straight at a decent pace meaning the advantage to Mercedes, and others, will diminish.

Or maybe I'm completely wrong!

Mr Dendrite

1,305 posts

155 months

Thursday 5th September
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The tyres are one notch softer than Spa, so will the Ferrari’s use their tyres faster or is Monza less aggressive on the tyres? The overall tyre stress is high but the other parameters are lower? This should be good

Edited by Mr Dendrite on Thursday 5th September 13:31

Deesee

2,756 posts

28 months

Thursday 5th September
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Hass look like there going to give this rear wing a bash, practically horizontal...


parabolica

5,030 posts

129 months

Thursday 5th September
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Alfa have been teasing that they have a one-off livery for this race; will be interesting to see.

ajprice

16,427 posts

141 months

Thursday 5th September
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Verstappen and Gasly's turn to start from the back of the grid, because engines. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/49579320

Cabinet Enforcer

381 posts

171 months

Thursday 5th September
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HustleRussell said:
Ferrari will throw everything at winning this race.
Honestly, after being humiliated here for the last couple of years, it almost seems like they have thrown the whole season in the can to make sure they dominate here this weekend.

The tifosi at least had the consolation of being in the hunt for the last two seasons, without that a poor performance this weekend will pile huge pressure on the team. Pitstop or tactical errors seem a lot more possible, hopefully Albon is close enough to capitalise too spin


ELUSIVEJIM

6,652 posts

96 months

Thursday 5th September
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Deesee

2,756 posts

28 months

Thursday 5th September
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tobinen said:
Could Racing Point surprise as their car seems slippery?
I think so... checo could land some big points..

Deesee

2,756 posts

28 months

Thursday 5th September
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parabolica said:
Alfa have been teasing that they have a one-off livery for this race; will be interesting to see.
Oh yes!

|https://thumbsnap.com/g440BW8x[/url]

Drive Blind

3,216 posts

122 months

Thursday 5th September
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KernowSid said:
Its Thursday and..............
thanks for kicking us off OP party

Drive Blind

3,216 posts

122 months

Thursday 5th September
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what have we got on the outside of parabolica this year ?

grass? gravel? tarmac? astroturf? speed bumps?