Pirelli F1 Italian Grand-Prix Monza race review

Pirelli F1 Italian Grand-Prix Monza race review

03.09.2017: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two at Monza with the top three all using identical strategies

Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two at Monza with the top three all using identical strategies

Alternative strategy used by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to finish fourth from 16th on the grid

One-stop strategy for practically all the drivers on the fastest track of the year, with high energy loads






As expected, nearly all the drivers chose a one-stop supersoft-soft strategy at the Italian Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to take the lead of the championship by three points.



An alternative strategy was adopted by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who started 16th on the grid as a result of penalties. He began on soft and then moved onto the supersoft in the closing stages of the race. The Australian also set the fastest lap of the race, which was two seconds faster than last year’s equivalent, using the same tyres.



Following torrential rain yesterday, conditions in Monza were dry today with ambient temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade and track temperatures of 37 degrees centigrade.




MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING




“After an unpredictable weekend up to now, the race turned out exactly as we expected, with nearly all the drivers completing one-stop strategies.



Daniel Ricciardo made excellent use of an alternative one-stop strategy to make up 12 places, and his fastest lap shows just how much quicker the car and tyre package is this year, despite the fact that Monza is mainly dominated by straights.”



TRUTHOMETER


Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop, going from supersoft to soft on lap 32, as anticipated. His team mate Valtteri Bottas followed an identical strategy, stopping one lap later and finishing five seconds behind Hamilton at the flag. Both used exactly the strategy we indicated as the winning one.



MONZA PIT STOP SUMMARY



Car Driver Start Pit 1 Pit 2
44 HAM SSn Sn (32)
77 BOT SSn Sn (33)
5 VET SSn Sn (31)
3 RIC Sn SSn (37)
7 RAI SSn Sn (15)
31 OCO SSn Sn (16)
18 STR SSn Sn (17)
19 MAS SSn Sn (21)
11 PER SSn Sn (32)
33 VER Sn SSn (3) SSn (27)
20 MAG SSn Sn (11)
26 KVY SSn Sn (19)
27 HUL SSn Sn (9)
55 SAI SSn Sn (13)
8 GRO SSn Sn (3) SSn (34)
94 WEH SSn Sn (20)
14 ALO Sn SSn (30)
9 ERI SSn Sn (18)
2 VAN SSn
30 PAL Sn SSn (25)

S= Soft SS= Supersoft n= new


Anthony Peacock -  photo Pirelli

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