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Posted on Friday, September 4, 2015

Red Bull drivers get combined 40 place drop

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are likely to start from the back of the grid at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix after sustaining a combined 40 place penalty. With the characteristics of the Monza circuit unlikely to suit Red Bull's package, the team has opted to change several engine parts and sustain a heavy sanction. Ricciardo has a nominal 25 place drop, 10 of which come from using a sixth Internal Combustion Engine [ICE], the first time he has had a sixth […]

Posted on Friday, September 4, 2015

Hamilton heads second session at Monza

World Champion Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace during the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Hamilton moved to the front with a time of 1:24.279 on the Option tyres to end the session 0.021s faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The pair had earlier traded quickest times on the Prime tyres before Hamilton edged narrowly clear on the Option compound. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was again third on the time sheets, 0.759s behind Hamilton, with the German only marginally faster […]

Posted on Friday, September 4, 2015

Mercedes dominant as Hamilton tops practice

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes dominated the early running for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at the high-speed Monza circuit. Mercedes used its seven remaining engine tokens in the build-up to the event and they were put to good use, as Hamilton clocked a time of 1:24.670. Hamilton’s lap proved to be 0.463s quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg, as he moved ahead after the pair initially lowered each other’s benchmark time. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was the only non-Mercedes driver to get within two seconds of the […]

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mercedes uses remaining seven engine tokens

Mercedes has confirmed that it has opted to use its remaining seven engine tokens ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Due to a loophole in the 2015 regulations, engine manufacturers have been permitted to use the 32 tokens for upgrades across the course of the campaign, rather than solely during the pre-season testing period. "Our drivers will take their third Power Units of the season and it will be a new spec using our remaining 7 development tokens," Mercedes confirmed via its Twitter account. […]

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015

McLaren pair set for another grid penalty

McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will sustain further engine grid penalties at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Honda has confirmed that it intends to change the Internal Combustion Engine [ICE] in both MP4-30s for the ninth time this season. As this is the first time Alonso has used a ninth version of any of the six elements which make up the power unit, the Spaniard will receive a 10 place penalty. Button's car was fitted with a ninth Turbocharger [TC] and Motor Generator […]

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nasr optimistic brake issues resolved

Felipe Nasr is confident that problems with the brakes which compromised his performance at the Belgian Grand Prix has been rectified, as he seeks to return to the points in Italy. Nasr finished in 11th place at Spa-Francorchamps as an issue with the temperature of his brakes affected the handling of his Sauber C34. With performance under braking a crucial aspect of lap time at Monza, Nasr is confident that such issues have been fixed. "I was in the factory last week and brakes was […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McLaren fears 'difficult' Monza weekend

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says that the high-speed nature of the Monza circuit will lead to a difficult Italian Grand Prix for the team. McLaren's power unit supplier Honda has struggled upon its return to Formula 1 this year and Boullier says that while progress has been made, it will not be visible in Italy this weekend. "Spa was a particularly unflattering race for our package, which disappointingly masked many signs of progress we were hoping to see after the summer break," he explained. […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sainz set for Monza engine grid penalty

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. is set to take a 10 place grid penalty into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The Spanish rookie has endured a difficult summer period, having retired from the most recent four races in Austria, Britain, Hungary and Belgium due to mechanical failures. Sainz did not take the start in Belgium due to a loose connector in the engine, which led to a loss of power. Toro Rosso has confirmed ahead of the team's home race that the damage caused […]

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

Pirelli to present Vettel tyre findings at Monza

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says it has concluded its investigation into the tyre failure suffered by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix. Vettel was attempting a one-stop strategy at Spa-Francorchamps but his right rear Prime tyre failed on the penultimate lap of the race. Vettel reacted angrily to the failure, criticising Pirelli and claiming that such incidents were unacceptable, citing Nico Rosberg's failure during practice as evidence. Rosberg's failure was attributed to external cuts and Pirelli now says that an investigation […]

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

Perez: Force India must aim for podiums

Sergio Perez says Force India must continue its progress and aim for podium positions across the second half of 2015. Force India's midfield rivals Lotus collected its first 2015 podium in Belgium and Perez believes that his VJM08B will be well-suited to the Italian Grand Prix. "The race in Belgium was good fun: it's always nice to battle at the front and, even though we didn't manage to get onto the podium, it was good to come away with our best result of the season […]

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grosjean sure podium repeat possible

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is optimistic that he can repeat his podium heroics at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Grosjean returned Lotus to the podium places for the first time since 2013 in Belgium as he finished in third position, behind Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With Monza placing an emphasis on straight-line speed, Grosjean believes that the characteristics of Lotus' E23 Hybrid package will aid the squad's prospects. "On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a […]

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Italian GP: Driver ratings

We rate the drivers for their performance in the 2014 edition of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza 1 | Sebastian Vettel | Red Bull-Renault | Grid: 8th| Race: 6th | 8/10 Vettel beat Ricciardo by three-tenths in Q3 but he was more disappointed by the deficit of just over a tenth of a second to fifth-placed Kevin Magnussen. Considering the package, it was a fine effort from the outgoing champion. In the race he was part of the main group but an early stop […]