Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Italian Grand-Prix preview

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Italian Grand-Prix preview

30.08.2017: 2017 Italian Grand Prix - Preview Battle continues with Round 13 of the 2017 season from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza Toto Talks Italy

2017 Italian Grand Prix - Preview



 
Battle continues with Round 13 of the 2017 season from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza


•    Toto Talks Italy
•    Featured this Week: Power Sensitivity
•    Stat Attack: Italy and Beyond

 
Toto Talks Italy

 

We said before Spa that it's dangerous to make assumptions this year and the race weekend demonstrated why that's the case. It was a dog fight with Ferrari and, although we came out on top, we did so by a small margin only. We can expect the same kind of close battle at every race this year. There will be no races where it is a walk in the park and we are ready for an epic battle all the way to the finish line in Abu Dhabi.
 


Monza is a circuit that has been good to us in recent years. It rewards low drag and peak power, both of which are among the strengths of our package; but braking stability and low-speed grip are also crucial through the chicanes, and these are areas where Ferrari has held an advantage. The team that finds the best overall compromise will come out on top.
 


This is often the time of year when thoughts turn to the following season. But our mission is clear: to win before and after a major regulation change. Nobody said it would be easy and it is stretching our limits in every direction. We are still pushing hard with our development to squeeze every last bit of performance from the W08.
 


In the coming weeks, we must grasp every opportunity, accept good fortune with humility, misfortune with resolution and show our resilience on the days when our rivals are stronger. The pendulum will swing again a number of times before Abu Dhabi, the season so far has shown us this much. Our focus is simply on extracting every possible point from each race in succession, beginning this weekend in Monza.
 



 
Featured this Week: Power Sensitivity

 

Monza is famously 'the' power circuit in Formula One, with its historic straights broken up by tight chicanes. It's reasonable, therefore, to expect the blast around Milan's royal park to be the most power sensitive track on the current calendar. In fact, Baku, Sochi and Montreal are all more power sensitive, with Monaco at the opposite end of the spectrum.
 


First of all, it's important to understand what is meant by power sensitivity. In simple terms, it's an indication of how much lap time improvement can be obtained through an increase in power. At Monza, power sensitivity works out at around 0.2s improvement for each additional 10 HP. For context, at a circuit like Monaco, the effect is smaller, roughly 0.12s per 10 HP. At Montreal and Baku - the most power sensitive tracks in F1 - power is worth 0.25s for each additional 10 HP.
 


Drivers spend 70% of lap time (79% of lap distance) at full throttle here, interrupted only by the two chicanes, the Lesmos, Variante Ascari and Parabolica. Monza's power sensitivity is tempered due to a short lap distance (5.793 km) and high average speed, which makes it the shortest race of the season. The 2016 Italian Grand Prix, for example, took just 1 hr 17 mins at an average speed of 237.56 km/h.
 


Monza is one of the circuits where the impact of engine power can be most firmly felt, and any deficit in this area has direct repercussions on performance. Those with less grunt will often need to run their car lower on drag, producing less downforce through the corners but making them super slippery down the straights where positions are won and lost.
 


With DRS open and a strong tow, Lewis clocked 359.0 km/h through the speed trap at Monza during last year's race - the highest top speed recorded in the 2016 season. The 2017 generation of F1 cars are both wider and draggier than their predecessors, so it will be interesting to see how close they come to those top speeds.



 It's tricky to pinpoint a theoretical top speed. With stable engine regulations, slipstreaming - coupled with the effect of that extra drag - will ultimately be the deciding factor, rather than the Power Unit.
 


Outright top speed is the lifeblood of success at Monza. Without it, drivers become sitting ducks on the straights. But importance of a Power Unit's driveability can't be understated here. Turns 9 and 10 are expected to be flat in 2017, putting more emphasis on the low speed chicanes of Turns 1 / 2 and 4 / 5.



Traction out of the Rettifilo chicane is key, as it's followed immediately by a long run around Curva Grande and into the next braking zone for Turn 4 - a key passing opportunity.
 


While it may no longer be the most power sensitive circuit on the calendar, Monza remains the ultimate test for an engine supplier. That high full throttle percentage - the highest of the year - puts the Power Unit under more stress than any other race on the calendar.



 It's a harsh testing ground, where outright speed is truly challenged. And in 2017, with cornering speeds higher than ever, the Tifosi are in for a real treat.
 
 


Stat Attack: Italy and Beyond
 

2017 Italian Grand Prix Timetable
 

Session          Local Time (CEST)          Brackley (BST)          Stuttgart (CEST)


Practice 1 (Friday)          10:00 - 11:30          09:00 - 10:30          10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 (Friday)          14:00 - 15:30          13:00 - 14:30          14:00 - 15:30
Practice 3 (Saturday)          11:00 - 12:00          10:00 - 11:00          11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying (Saturday)          14:00 - 15:00          13:00 - 14:00          14:00 - 15:00
Race (Sunday)          14:00 - 16:00          13:00 - 15:00          14:00 - 16:00

 

 
Circuit Records - Silver Arrows at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
 

           Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          DNF


Silver Arrows          9          5          8          5          9          5          4

L. Hamilton          10          3          5          5          7          4          1

V. Bottas          4          0          0          0          0          0          0

MB Power          25          10          24          11          21          13          24



 
 
Technical Stats - Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)
 
           Laps Completed          Distance Covered (km)          Corners Taken          Gear Changes          PETRONAS Fuel Injections



Silver Arrows          5,333          26,247          84,766          256,053          213,320,000

L. Hamilton          2,580          12,692          40,905          123,711          103,200,000

V. Bottas          2,753          13,565          43,861          132,342          110,120,000

MB Power          14,932          73,688          237,590          719,307          597,280,000

 



 
All-Time Records - Silver Arrows in Formula One
 
           Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          1-2 Wins          Front Row Lockouts



Silver Arrows          160          71          143          82          149          53          38          49

Lewis Hamilton          200          58          111          68          113          37          N/A          N/A

Valtteri Bottas          105          2          17          2          6          1          N/A          N/A

MB Power          430          157          410          165          328          148          63          84

 
 
 
 
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