The Aprilia racer Aleix Espargaro was the fastest racer of the first free practice in Mugello. The Spaniard, who signed a new, two-year contract with Aprilia before the start of the racing weekend, was less than half a hundredth of a second faster than his home hero, Francesco Bagnaie (Ducati). The third time was set by the second racer of the Ducati factory team, Australian Jack Miller, and in the top five two other Ducati racers, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), who fell twice during training, and Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) finished the training. Sixth was Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati), seventh Brad Binder (KTM), eighth Marco Bezzecchi (Gresini Ducati) and current world champion Fabio Quartararo, who was the highest ranked Yamaha racer. He was tenth as Honda’s best representative, Pol Esparga
Romain Grosjean placed sixth for Haas in the race for the Italian Grand Prix, but was excluded from the final standings by the commissioners due to irregularities in the race car. At the protest of the Renault team, the commissioners inspected the car of the American team and found that part of the bottom of the car did not comply with the rules. The commissioners later explained that they had ordered Haas to change the bottom before the race for the Italian Grand Prix, after further explaining the rules regarding the part of the race cars in question. The Americans found themselves in an awkward position as their factory did not operate due to the summer break, so they asked for a postponement to the Singapore GP. At the International Automobile Federation, the FIA fully understood the position of the team, which they warned that even if they were allowed to perform with an unchanged bottom, they would
Sebastian Vettel was the fastest racer in Friday afternoon's practice at the Ferrari home race in Monza, which was marked by the horrific accident of Sauber racer Marcus Ericsson, to whom the racer turned left in the first corner at high speed when braking. The DRS system did not close, and the Swedish car overturned and spun several times after colliding with the fence. Fortunately, the Sauber racer walked out of the wrecked car without injury. Training was interrupted due to the accident after just two minutes from the start, and resumed after a 20-minute break when security guards cleared the wreckage and repaired the fence. There were 68 minutes left in training, and at Ferrari they immediately sent Vettl to the track, who overtook m with super-soft tires by 0.157 seconds.
Ferrari will use used powertrains in their home race, which Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen used to drive in the Spa Francorchamps race. The Monza track requires as much power as possible from the powertrains, and the Maranello team decided to use the old powertrain, which according to the old rules can consume 100 liters per 1.2 kilometers, and the use of the fourth powertrain was tactically postponed to a later time. new improvements to compensate for the loss of power due to lower permitted engine oil consumption. With the Italian GP, a new restriction on engine oil consumption comes into force, namely that all powertrains that will be used for the first time in Monza or later will be able to use only 100 liters of oil per 0.9 kilometers, which
Nico Rosberg drove a routine race in Monza, Italy, and easily reached the victory, which put him two points behind the leading Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship. The Briton started the race from the first place, but he completely messed up the start and fell to the sixth place, from where he broke through to the second place with the help of the dominant car until the end of the race. Third was Sebastian Vettel with a Ferrari, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Fifth was Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Completely invisible this time was Max Verstappen, who finished seventh. Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg also finished in the top ten.
The Mercedes racers are also expected to start the race for the Italian GP from the best places. Lewis Hamilton was almost half a second faster than teammate Nico Rosberg, and the Silver Arrows will be threatened from third and fourth place by Ferrari racers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Williams racer Valtteri Bottas was fifth, followed by Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
The Formula 1 racing calendar is in danger of losing another traditional race. Some time ago, there was talk of difficulties in providing conditions for racing in Germany, but now the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano reports that talks between Bernie Eccleston and representatives of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza ended without visible success. "There is no more room for negotiation," the president of the Italian Drivers' Club CSAI was clear. Even the Italian government has been involved in the negotiations and resolution of the traditional match, and the problem is that Ecclestone is demanding a payment of EUR 25 million as a notification of the match itself. So it is possible that we will be in Monza for the last time on September 4th. It was only with the relegation in 1980 that Monza was one of the races from the very beginning in the 1950s
Lewis Hamilton said after winning the Italian Grand Prix that his decision not to listen to the advice of his racing engineer played a key role in the victory. Hamilton managed to catch his teammate Nico Rosberg again after a bad start to the race. After the only stop, he was advised from the pits to leave some space to Rosberg and save the tires for the attack in the final laps, which the former McLaren racer did not do. Shortly afterwards, Rosberg made a mistake on braking in the first chicane and opened the way for the Briton to win. “The engineer said I should leave room, but I knew from experience that this was not the right decision,” Hamilton said. "The car was really good, but at that moment I was even closer to Nice. In the first part I had a hard time following him, so I knew I had the best
Lewis Hamilton prevented his teammate Nico Rosberg from qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix for the fifth consecutive start of the race from the best starting position. Hamilton topped off with a time of 1: 24.109, which was 0.274 seconds better than Rosberg’s, and at the same time this is also the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in May that the Briton has beaten a team-mate. Mercedes was most threatened by the Williams team. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will start the race from the second starting line. McLarn duo, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button, will stand in the third starting row, followed by Fernando Alonso, followed by Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Sergio Perez finished the top ten. Kimi Raikkonen dropped out of the qualifiers in the second half after having to due to traffic on
Ferrari racer Fernando Alonso has admitted he has to get lucky a few times if he wants to deprive Sebastian Vettl of this year’s laurels. The Spaniard couldn’t stop Red Bull’s ace at Ferrari’s home race at Monza. In the end, he had to settle for second place, and in the overall standings he is 53 points behind the German, or seven more than before the race in Italy. “We have to be realistic,” Alonso explained. "The difference in points is huge and we don't have enough races until the end of the season, nor the speed to be able to win several times in a row. We have to be lucky, but at the same time we need some Sebastian resignations if we want to win this year's title. as it is, and with such a backlog in points, it will otherwise be very difficult. " The Ferrari racer added that despite the increase