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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:11 am

Feel the need for speed? Formula One returns this weekend at the fastest circuit on the Formula 1 schedule - the legendary Autodromo Di Monza in Italy for the Formula 1 Gran Premio D’Italia 2013. The 2013 Italian Grand Prix marks the twelfth round of the 2013 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.

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 %
-Fuel consumption: 2.5 kg per lap
-Total race fuel required: 135 kg
-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. There will be a second DRS zone placed between the second Lesmo and the Ascari chicane. Nevertheless, passing into Ascari, turn 8 will be difficult because the entry to the chicane is very fast, taken at over 100 mph – therefore the driver on the offensive will want to overtake before the braking phase for the chicane, or be sufficiently    alongside to make a move stick.

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 22 cars scrambling for track position in a very tight sequence of corners. The difference in straight line speed between cars could play a big factor, because teams will not want their cars to be powerless to defend if their drivers are trying to be passed with DRS.

The Monza pitlane in terms of time loss is the most costly of the season, especially now that the pit lane limit has been reduced to 50 mph. Monza has historically favoured one-stop strategies – but the even greater pitlane time loss will firmly cement this strategy on Sunday. Cars that run into tyre trouble and can’t do a one-stop strategy will be heavily peanlised in terms of track position.

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 Monza for maximum durability. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2013 range of P Zero tyres:

Video footage

Here are laps of the Autodromo Di Monza with Lewis Hamilton driving his McLaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-27 to pole position in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix:

Weekend schedule in UK time:

Thursday 06 September 2013

Friday Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Friday Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 07 September 2013

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

Sun 08 September 2013

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2013 Italian Grand Prix Race Start 13:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 5th September:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room  - 15:00
3 Day Ticket Holders Only – Pit Lane Walk – 16:00 – 17:00
Drivers Autograph Session  17:00 – 18:00

Friday 6th September:

Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   08:45 – 09:40
Formula One Practice 1   10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session  12:00 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   12:35 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2   14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session  15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room   16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  16:45 – 17:30
GP3 Practice Session  17:50 – 18:35

Saturday 7th September

Formula One Pit Stop Practice   08:30 – 09:15
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   08:30 – 09:35
GP3 Qualifying Session   09:45 – 10:15
Formula One Practice 3   11:00 – 12:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session  12:25 – 12:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying   13:00
GP2 First Race (30 laps or 60 mins)  15:40 – 16:45
GP3 First Race (17 Laps or 30 mins)  17:20 – 17:55

Sunday 8th September

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk   08:15 – 09:00
GP3 First Race (17 Laps or 30 mins)  09:25 – 10:00
GP2 Second Race (21 laps or 60 mins)  10:35 – 11:25
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 laps or 30 mins)  11:45 – 12:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk   12:25 – 13:15
Formula One Drivers Parade   12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One National Anthem  12:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 13:00
Start of 2013 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix   14:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2013 Italian Grand Prix, BBC is showing this weekend’s Grand Prix sessions live. All live sessions can also be viewed on BBC’s F1 website, free of charge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/

Friday 06th September

Practice 1: 08:55 BBC Two

Practice 2: 12:50 BBC Two

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice 1: 08.45
Practice 2: 12.45

Saturday 07th September

BBC Coverage

Practice 3: 09:55 BBC Two

Qualifying: 12:10 BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 09:45
Qualifying: 12:00 pm

Sunday 8th September

BBC Coverage

Race: 12:10 BBC One & BBC Red Button

F1 Forum, 15:15 BBC Red Button

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
2012 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:43 am

Amusing qualifying, Alonso and Hamilton both top providers. Typical of Webber to turn up just when i lost all faith in him for my predictions and just as I gained faith the Mercedes won't sink like a stone after lap three Hamilton decides to remind us he is actually an idiot.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:01 pm

think this might be a close race today.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - MONZA   Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:29 am

Red Bull are simply faking their surprise at the speed they’ve shown at these lower-downforce circuits. Without a doubt, RBR have a great low downforce aerodynamic package and their pace at Spa and Monza hasn’t been by mistake.

It seems that the Red Bull has such exceptional rear-stability, traction and high-speed grip, that they can afford to trim away downforce to be faster in a straight-line – but the car remains exceptional in corners despite the downforce loss.

Much to my surprise, Mercedes’ low downforce packages simply haven’t worked very well. Mercedes has the conventional problem: the lower downforce setting means the car slides about more in the turns. Sector 2 at Monza is really about grip instead of top speed, and the car struggled in S2.

Mercedes didn’t have the luxury of trimming away downforce but still retaining the exceptional traction and cornering speeds shown at Hungary, for example. IMO, this has been the key advantage of the Red Bull at Spa and Monza.

I think the Mercedes will be better at Singapore where there is only one obvious route: highest downforce setting.
Mercedes can certainly learn from Spa and Monza for the future, in order to have a more complete package in 2014.

As for Ferrari, Spa and Monza was a lifeline for them. The car was very poor in high-downforce configuration at Hungary, but the lower downforce circuits have suited the car – albeit not so much that Ferrari won either race. I suspect Singapore will be a struggle for Ferrari, unless they’ve improved their car.

For some reason, the Ferrari hasn’t been ideal at slow, traction-limited circuits this year.


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