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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:08 am

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D’ITALIA 2012

There’s no time for a rest, Formula One’s high speed blast continues this weekend at the Autodromo Di Monza for the Formula 1 Gran Premio Santander D’Italia 2012. The 2012 Italian Grand Prix marks the thirteenth round of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





From one classic circuit to another, the Autodromo di Monza. Since 1922, the Italian Grand Prix has taken place at this historic circuit. Although the circuit is now not quite as fearsome as it used to be, Monza is still a totally unique challenge on the Formula 1 schedule with such high speeds achieved throughout the lap. With an average lap speed of 155 mph and top speeds of 220 mph – this is the fastest track on the schedule. The ‘Tifosi’ will be come out in support for their home team, Scuderia Ferrari, and they will expect nothing but a home victory.

High speed means high risk, as we saw this weekend; combined with a DRS zone for extra slipstreaming, the Italian Grand Prix will be a very intense affair.

Italian Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 1100 metres
-Average speed of lap: 155 mph
-Longest period wide open: 1320 metres (16 seconds)
-Full throttle percentage: 75 %
-Time on brakes: 16 %
-Gear changes per lap: 44
-Highest g-force: 5 g
-Total race distance: 190 miles


Overtaking opportunities

Monza predominately features long full throttle sections leading into chicanes, meaning slipstreaming and out-braking manoeuvres into the tight turns are common sights.

The first overtaking opportunity comes at the Rettifilo chicane, turn 1. Drivers will build up to around 220 mph before braking to just 53 mph for turn 1. This is the biggest braking zone on the entire calendar; drivers will scrub off this speed in just two seconds, which illustrates the mind-blowing deceleration of these cars. This is an ideal passing opportunity, as an opponent can slipstream his rival along the pit straight and attempt to out-brake him into turn 1. Many opportunities to pass into turn 1 are available to drivers. The front straightaway is where the DRS activation zone will be placed, with the detection point placed on the exit of the Parabolica.

Drivers will then power along the Curva Grande, turn 3, and stay pinned to the throttle and reach around 200 mph before braking to just 74 mph for the Roggia chicane, turns 4 and 5. This is again heavy braking zone that encourages drivers to dive up the inside of their opponents. If a driver gets a poor exit of turn 4, then an opponent can attempt the ‘cross over’ move and try and get up the inside of the first Lesmo corner to overtake. Passing into Ascari, turn 8 will be difficult because the entry to the chicane is very fast, taken at over 100 mph – therefore it will be hard for drivers to out-brake their opponents into the turn.

Next up is the famous Parobolica corner, the final turn. Overtaking here is more dependent on a driver making an error in the Ascari chicane, and carrying poor speed into the Parobolica, because, the Parobolica is a fast turn with a short braking zone, meaning passing is rarer into the corner. With DRS, the trade-off between straight line speed and downforce, plus the selection of the seventh gear ratio by teams is going to be fascinating.

What to watch for

There is always great potential for a shunt into the first two turns on the opening lap, with 24 cars scrambling for track position in a very tight sequence of corners. The difference in straight line speed between cars could play a bigger factor than it has in a long time, because teams will not want their cars to be powerless to defend if their drivers are trying to be passed with DRS.

Last weekend showed the importance of having the correct level of straightaway speed and downforce. With even higher top speeds; gear ratio’s, downforce and levels of drag can make or break someone’s Grand’s Prix.

Car requirements

Monza is a low downforce circuit, because so much time can be found on the circuit’s many and long full throttle sections – putting a premium on outright straight line speed. For this race, teams will bring bespoke Monza packages which will include flatter and less complicated wings for reduced drag. However, achieving low levels of drag is not the only consideration for Monza.

With so many heavy braking zones and slow chicanes, braking stability and traction exiting the chicanes are extremely important. Formula 1 cars naturally produce a lot of downforce, even with flatter wings, so only drivers in the lower-par cars should have a slightly scary time in the biggest braking zones.

The DRS may have a considerable impact on how teams set their seventh gear ratios. With such a long DRS zone, the seventh ratio will need to be lengthened to compensate for the extra speed that the DRS allows. Otherwise, a car will just hit the rev limiter and run out of MPH. Modified brake pads and cooling ducts will also be needed at Monza, as it is one of the toughest circuit’s on brakes on the calendar.

Compliant suspension is also important, as drivers tend to jump the inside kerbs at the Roggia chicane to gain laptime, this does throw the front of the car in the air and it is essential that the suspension wishbones and other parts can withstand that punishment for the entire 53 laps on Sunday.

Lastly, a powerful engine contributes to good top speed. This means the teams traditionally run fresh engines at this race with the constant high-RPM strain put on the engines, plus, to have the maximum horsepower as possible - the same was done for Spa as well.


Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Medium and Hard compound P Zero tyres to Italy. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:



Video footage

Here is a lap of Monza with Fernando Alonso driving in last year’s Italian Grand Prix.



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 07 September 2012

Friday Practice 1 09:00 – 10:30
Friday Practice 2 13:00 – 14:30

Sat 08 September 2012

Saturday Practice 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying 13:00

Sun 09 September 2012

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2012 Italian Grand Prix Race Start 13:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 6th September:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00
Public Pitlane Walk for Three Day Ticket Holders 16:00 – 19:00


Friday 7th September:

GP3 Practice Session 08:30 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:15 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:45 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 16:00 – 16:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Practice Session 17:00 – 17:45

Saturday 8th September

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 08:05 – 08:45
GP3 Qualifying Session 09:00 – 09:30
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Qualifying 12:25 – 12:55
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
GP2 First Race (30 Laps or 60 Mins) 15:40 – 16:45
GP3 First Race (16 Laps or 30 Mins) 17:20 – 17:55

Sunday 9th September

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 07:30 – 08:30
GP3 Second Race (16 Laps or 30 Mins) 09:00 – 09:35
GP2 Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 10:35 – 11:25
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Race (11 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:45 – 12:20
Formula One Drivers Parade 12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One National Anthem 13:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 14:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix 14:03*

* Based on the time period between the start of formation lap and actual race start in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky’s live coverage of the Italian Grand Prix, the BBC is showing extended highlights of both qualifying, and the 53 lap Grand Prix. Times of the TV coverage can be seen below:

Friday 7th September

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 08:45 am
Practice Two: 12.45 pm

Saturday 8th September

BBC Coverage

Qualifying highlights: 1730-1845, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 09:45 am
Qualifying: 12:30 pm

Sunday 9th September

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1730-1900, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of Italian Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2007 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2008 – Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
2009 – Rubens Barrichello – Brawn-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:33 am

I really hope that Jerome d'Ambrosio goes well this weekend; he didn’t really get a chance to show what he could achieve in the Virgin last year. A smooth, fast and well-judged weekend could be his audition for a seat in 2013.

The times look really close for the Grand Prix, it looks like a number of teams could contend for the win.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:52 am

I stopped watching after the Vettel penalty, pathetic. He should quit F1 and go elsewhere someone needs to make a stand, things are going from bad to worse.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:27 am

There was a key difference between last years and this year’s Curva Grande moment. Last year, Alonso left Vettel a gap, it was a small one, but Vettel could still stay in the throttle. This year, Alonso closed in on Vettel at a vast rate and was literally left with nowhere to go.

Vettel’s block was worse than GP2 driving, which was strangely reserved this weekend. After last year's composure, I thought Vettel had stopped excessively weaving and blocking.

The Grand Prix was surprisingly entertaining, principally because of the unexpected tyre drop off. The durability of the compounds seemed very good in practice, but the high temperatures really caught out some drivers.

There was a lot of fabulous overtaking and battles, very professional stuff showing how it can be done.

I still don’t really understand F1’s pecking order; today Sauber showed that the variation in tyre strategies is still influencing the racing. I really thought that the harder compounds would make everything more predictable. Perez drove a superb race, though, and it’s nice to see a less-well funded team competing at the front.

Ambrosio deserves full respect for finishing 13th, he had no KERS and had limited seat time.

I love the championship battle; Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Vettel are all in contention.



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:11 am

Even Bruno is having a go at the stewards, correctly in this case. It will be interesting it see the fallout from the last two grand prix and how many of the precedence that have been set are continued for the future.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:08 am

Unlike in other areas of life, though, the precedents set will be considered by different panels at each Grand Prix. I don’t see there being much consistency.

I don’t like it when drivers pretend like they’ve got no mirrors and move others off the track; it’s not nice with these exposed cars.

On the other hand, the FIA shouldn’t penalise everything and should take a pragmatic approach in certain situations. For example, innocent lock-ups should be created with caution. Drivers do need to learn, and they’ll only do that by running hard and seeing where the limit is.

Singapore should be interesting, it’s prime for contact and mess…

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