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Featured 2014 Formula One Italian Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Howard, Sep 5, 2014.

Who will win the Italian Grand Prix?

Poll closed Sep 8, 2014.
  1. Rosberg

    10 vote(s)
  2. Hamilton

    33 vote(s)
  3. Ricciardo

    5 vote(s)
  4. Alonso

    7 vote(s)
  5. Bottas

    1 vote(s)
  6. Vettel

    0 vote(s)
  7. Massa

    1 vote(s)
  8. Button

    2 vote(s)
  9. Raikkonen

    4 vote(s)
  10. Somebody else

    2 vote(s)
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  1. Howard

    Staff Emeritus | Motorsport Engineer Premium

    Round 13 of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship moves the action to its traditional early September date at Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix.

    Monza is F1’s premier speed circuit, the last of its kind, a flat-out blast through parkland that sees cars, configured for low downforce, reach their highest velocities of the year. Its reputation as Formula One’s fastest track is likely to be enhanced this year. While 2014’s technical regulations have produced cars with less downforce than those of recent years, the corresponding decrease in drag may see cars hitting 360kph on the long straights.

    But Monza isn’t simply about top speeds. Recent races have seen winners emerge from among the slowest through the speed traps, preferring a set-up that possesses sufficient downforce to carry speed through the circuit’s few corners and onto the long straights. Other requirements include a car that is stable under braking, rides kerbs well and has good traction out of the chicanes.

    Racing on home ground, Pirelli brings its two hardest compounds to Monza. The fast Parabolica corner places high lateral energy demands on the tyre, while the stop-go nature of the chicanes means Monza also makes high longitudinal demands on the rubber. Even so, the presence of the Hard and Medium tyres combined with the long pitlane time makes this a good place to try a one-stop strategy.

    Mercedes come into the race with a strong lead in the Constructors’ Championship, while Nico Rosberg has extended his margin over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship thanks to second place in Belgium. The German driver now has a 29-point lead over his English team-mate but Hamilton has two pole positions and a victory at Monza to his name and will be optimistic of closing the gap this weekend. It promises to be a spectacular event.


    Italian Grand Prix Facts
    • The Italian Grand Prix is one of only two ever-present races on the Formula One World Championship calendar. The other is the British Grand Prix.
    • This is the 65th running of the Italian Grand Prix as part of the F1 World Championship. Sixty-three of the previous 64 were held at Monza, the exception being 1980, when the race was held at Imola and won by Nelson Piquet.
    • Piquet also has three Italian Grand Prix victories at Monza (1983, ’86, ’87), placing him second on the all-time list. Michael Schumacher holds the record with five wins (1996, ’98, 2000, ’03, ’06), all for Ferrari.
    • Ferrari holds the record as a winning constructor, having taken victory 18 times. Alongside Schumacher there have been Ferrari wins at Monza for Alberto Ascari (1951, ’52), Phil Hill (1960, ’61), John Surtees (1964), Ludovico Scarfiotti (1966), Clay Regazzoni (1970, ’75), Jody Scheckter (1979), Gerhard Berger (1988), Rubens Barrichello (2002, ’04) and current Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (2010).
    • Alonso also won the race in 2007, while driving for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton (2012) and Sebastian Vettel (2008, ’11, ’13) are the only other Italian GP winners on the current grid.
    • Vettel’s win for Toro Rosso in 2008 makes him the youngest winner in Championship history. He was 21 years and 74 days old. A day earlier he became the youngest driver to secure pole position. Of the current grid, only Daniil Kyvat can threaten those records, having until the start of July 2015. Max Verstappen, signed by Toro Rosso to contest the 2015 season, would require victory or pole before the end of the 2018 season.
    • The Italian Grand Prix at Monza has been won from pole position only 21 times. Interestingly, more than half of those victories have come since the turn of the century. Only in 2002 (Rubens Barrichello from fourth), ’06 (Michael Schumacher from second) and ’09 (Barrichello from fifth) has the sequence been interrupted.
    • Monza’s speed records are many and varied, particularly from the latter years of the V10 era. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the highest average race speed, winning the 2003 Italian Grand Prix with an average speed of 247.585km/h. Unsurprisingly, this race is also timed as the shortest duration grand prix (of those going the full distance,) with Schumacher finishing in a time of 1h14m19.838s. Rubens Barrichello set F1’s highest average lap speed in qualifying, taking pole position for the 2004 race at an average of 260.395kph, though Juan Pablo Montoya went faster that same weekend, taking the record for the fastest average lap speed overall, with a lap averaging 262.242km/h, set during a practice session. Montoya also holds the record for the highest top speed achieved during a Formula One race, hitting 372.6km/h during the 2005 Italian Grand Prix.
    • Saturday 6 September 2014 | Qualifying 12:00 GMT(14:00 CEST)
    • Sunday 7 September 2014 | Race 12:00 GMT (14:00 CEST)
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  2. airutonpurosuto8912


    Now I'm picking up on Ricciardo to win it.
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  3. Mohamedou Ari

    Mohamedou Ari
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium

    If Rosberg and Hamilton don't get into anymore scuffles on the track, either of them could win it.

    If they do, then Ricciardo will win.
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  4. kelaroost

    @ Simberia @Simberia

    Just hope nico can play by the rules unlike 3 times all ready this year that's cost Hamilton 3 possible wins..
    Time will tell.
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  5. Qazdar Karim

    Qazdar Karim

    What was the top speed today ?
  6. was surprised to see the top speed only being 216MPH tops, only 1MPH more than last year, expected higher, but I did also notice they were running steeper rear wings than they normally do for Monza, maybe tomorrow we may see slightly skinnier wings
  7. Frank

    Administrator Staff Premium

    I think they where holding back tho, atleast that is what it looked like. Also the real top speeds we will see in the race!
  8. I think aren't gear ratio's fixed this season for most of the races? So I'm sure if teams were allowed to change this that the top speeds would be higher as teams would be using monza specific ratios. Could easily be wrong though.
  9. Ken Hughes

    Ken Hughes
    Technically, alcohol IS a solution. Premium

    For the 2014 season only, each team may change the gear ratios once during the season. I seem to remember some commentator saying that most teams had changed them for Belgium.
  10. 3 times?

    sorry I must have missed it when Rosberg caused Hamilton's brakes to fail, or made his engine catch on fire...Oh and when he threw a banana peel on the track at Austria so Hamilton would spin in qualifying
  11. Ken Hughes

    Ken Hughes
    Technically, alcohol IS a solution. Premium

    We all know that Rosberg has an extra button on his steering wheel and when he presses it, Hamilton's car blows up. And the team has never denied that! :whistling:
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  12. AsturPTT


    Hey guys :D Alonso @ Monza 2014 vs 2013
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  13. mod-edit: please put game videos in the relevant media section
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  14. Haha, Martin Brundle joking with Nico suggesting they should add landmines to the exit of the parabolica to stop people from trying to drift off to it, wonder if the FIA will take him up on his idea so that it can spice up the show :)
  15. Team: Lewis we need to back off and stay 2.2 seconds behind Nico
    Lewis: Hmm that means go all out lets get him
    *Nico goes off*
    Happy Lewis
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  16. got to love these stewards, someone causes an incident that puts his teammate out of the race nothing happens, someone does hard defending 5 second penalty. But we are lenient stewards now,
  17. So wonder if Button will get a 5 second penalty?
  18. Renault have the weakest engine?
  19. Some race this is turning out to be! :D

    And that Ricciardo! What a driver!
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  20. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff

    Great job by Kvyat! Keeping the car there with dead brakes. Shows again that low-age criticism is pointless.
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