McLaren Honda F1 Italian Grand Prix preview

McLaren Honda F1 Italian Grand Prix preview

30.08.2016: 2016 Italian Grand Prix - Monza Formula 1 Round 14/21 02-04 September 2016 Circuit stats

2016 Italian Grand Prix - Monza
Formula 1  Round 14/21
02-04 September 2016



Circuit stats



2015 winner Lewis Hamilton, 53 laps, 1:18:00.688s

2015 pole position Lewis Hamilton, 1m23.397s

2015 fastest lap Lewis Hamilton, 1m26.672s (lap 48)

Name Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

First race 1950

Circuit length 5.793km/3.600 miles (sixth longest of the season)

Distance to Turn One 380m/0.236 miles (longest of season: Barcelona 730m/0.454 miles)

Longest straight 1.120km/0.696 miles, on the approach to Turn One

Top speed 370km/h/230mph, on the approach to Turn One (the fastest of the season)

Pitlane length 420m/0.261 miles, estimated time loss 24s (longest of season: Silverstone, 489m/0.304 miles)

Full throttle 75 per cent (the highest of the season)


DRS zones Two, on the approaches to Turns One and Eight


Key corner Turn 11, Parabolica, a 180-degree right-hander to end the lap. The cars approach the corner at 330km/h (206mph), slow to 1180km/h before clipping an early apex and getting on the power as quickly as possible because the longest straight on the lap follows



Fastest corner 295km/h (183mph), Turn Three

Slowest corner 80km/h (50mph), Turn One

Major changes for 2016 None, except for a few changes to the kerbs

Fuel consumption 1.89 per lap, which is average

ERS demands Medium. There are four straights along which the cars exceed 320km/h (199mph), but only a few slow corners at which to harvest energy under braking


Brake wear High. There are only six braking events around the lap, but all are from high speed


Gear changes 46 per lap/2,438 per race





Circuit facts


History lesson



Monza has staged more world championship grands prix than any other circuit. It was built in 1922 by the Milan branch of the Italian Automobile Club and only once, in 1980, has the track not been on the F1 calendar.


 It’s located inside the walls of a royal park and it remains the fastest circuit on the calendar.




What makes it unique


The long straights. The cars exceed 320km/h (199mph) on four occasions around the lap, resulting in the highest average speed of the season – 255km/h (158mph).



Grip levels


Low. Straight-line speed is vital at Monza, so the cars run in their lowest downforce configuration of the season. As a result, they produce less aerodynamic grip and become more of a handful to drive, especially under braking.



Run-off


Average. Until the death of Wolfgang von Trips in 1961, Monza was a flat-out oval. In an effort to slow the cars, the layout was changed to a road course in ’62, and 10 years after that, the first chicane was added to slow the cars further. The most recent change in the name of safety was the addition of asphalt run-off at the exit of Parabolica in 2015.



Watch out for…


Turn Seven, the second Lesmo. This is a deceptively fast right-hander (280km/h/174mph) and it’s vital to maintain a good exit speed because it’s followed by the second longest straight on the lap, along which the second DRS zone is located.





The drivers on: the circuit



 
#14 Fernando Alonso


“As we saw in Azerbaijan, the developments that have been made to these turbo cars mean they’re now incredibly fast, and we’re going to see some serious speeds along the straights at Monza.


This is always such a quick race – it’s over in a flash – and while it’s not always the most enjoyable to race with such low grip, the feeling of speed is phenomenal.”



 
#22 Jenson Button


“I love the notion of coming to a racetrack that’s distinctly different from the others. We saw that in Spa last weekend – it’s no secret that, along with places like Monaco, Singapore and Suzuka, it’s also one of the circuits that the fans most love – and Monza is no exception.


People often think that Monza is all about the straights, with tight, small corners – but that’s not really true: corners like the Lesmos, the Ascari chicane and Parabolica are big, fast corners that require precision and commitment. It’s a great track.”

 




Event stats


Start time 14:00hrs local/13:00hrs BST


Race distance 53 laps (full world championship points will be awarded after 75 per cent distance/40 laps)


Safety Car likelihood Low. There is only a 43 per cent chance of a Safety Car


When to press record The start. The track is very wide along the start-finish straight, which gives the cars plenty of room for manoeuvre on the long run to Turn One. The cars are travelling at close to 300km/h (186mph) by the braking point, which usually results in some excitement as they slow for the slowest corner on the track


Don’t put the kettle on…Between laps 20 and 30. Every car in the top 10 made only one pitstop last year, stopping at around half-distance. Drivers try to do as few stops as possible at Monza because pitstops are very expensive; the pitlane is long and the cars are limited to 80km/h (50mph), while rivals pass on-track at 370km/h (230mph)


Weather conditions NOW 23 degrees RACE FORECAST 24 degrees


Tyre choices Supersoft/Soft/Medium, the same combination that was used at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix





Event facts


First Italian Grand Prix 1950.


Official slogan    La Pista Magica.




Italy's F1 heritage


The country is steeped in racing history. Monza is the third oldest permanent circuit in the world, after Brooklands in the UK and Indianapolis in the USA, and Ferrari is the sport’s oldest team. Given such a long-standing passion for racing, it’s one of the great anomalies that there has been no Italian world champion since Alberto Ascari in 1953.



Smallest winning margin



0.01s, in 1971. It was the last of the classic slipstreaming races, prior to the first chicane being installed in 1972. Peter Gethin won from Ronnie Peterson, with the top five home separated by just 0.61s.




Sporting legacy



Until 2006 there were often two grands prix in Italy, one at Imola and the other at Monza. Now there’s only one race, at Monza, and it’s usually a sell-out.


There’s always a fabulous atmosphere in the grandstands, as exemplified by the enormous crowd under the podium at the end of the race.




Did you know?


Statistically, pole position is more important at Monza than at Monaco. The winner of the Italian Grand Prix has started from pole in 13 out of the last 17 races, compared to only 10 occasions in Monte Carlo.




Don’t forget


McLaren has won the Italian Grand Prix 10 times, most recently in 2012. Fernando Alonso has won the race twice, in 2007 with McLaren, and again in 2010; Jenson Button has finished second on three occasions.




Fan zone


Claire, aged 27, from London, asks: “How much work goes into the low downforce specification used at Monza?”


McLaren’s answer: “A bit of windtunnel time goes into perfecting the aero performance of the car, but not as much as in the past. Monza is now the only true low-downforce track of the year, and you cannot single out one race more than the others.


A lot of work goes into brake cooling because you want the ducts to be as small as possible for aero purposes, but big enough to keep brake temperatures under control.”





Matt Bishop- photo McLaren

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