A Moment of Silence for the Queen at the Italian Grand Prix

Good day Canada and welcome back F1 Fans worldwide. We are back in Monza Italy, Autodromo Nazionale, known as The Temple of Speed.

A real class act was displayed by all formula one drivers and teams who gathered around in the pit lane for a moment of silence in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Well done Everyone! God save the King! 

Let us start by looking at some of the features of the track. The Circuit in Monza, Italy is titled, Autodromo Nazionale. The first Gran Prix here was in 1950. The circuit length is 5.793 km and it will race fifty-two laps in all. The race distance will be 306.72km, with Rubens Barrichello having a lap record of 1.21.046.

A Moment of Silence for the Queen at the Italian Grand Prix

This track has two DRS detection zones, one starting at Turn 7 and the other at turn eleven. 

The Flying Dutch, Max Verstappen is looking to sweep all five races in Europe. Verstappen is leading the Championship season by 109 points followed by his teammate Sergio Perez tied for second with Charles Leclerc of Ferrari with 201 points.

FP1 FP2  “Flying Lap overview

The Red Bulls were slowly stretching their pace in FP1 and FP2 but the Ferraris did not take part in any of the competitiveness on their own turf!

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari topped FP1 with a time of 1:22.410, followed by his teammate Carlos Sainz with a time of 1:22.487.

Rounding up the top five are Russell from Mercedes with a time of 1:22.689, Hamilton of Mercedes with a time of 1:22.831 and Max Verstappen with a time of 1:22,840.

In FP2, Ferrari again topped the timesheet. Carlos Sainz finished with a time of 1:21.664, followed by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing with a time of 1:21.807. Leclerc of Ferrari finished with a time of 1:21.857 and rounding up the top five were Norris of McLaren with a time of 1:22.338 and Russell of Mercedes with a time of 1:22.386. 

Special Note

 Many drivers will be taking grid penalties come Race Day Sunday. It is the perfect track to do so. The track is fast with many opportunities to overtake and a few key spots to tow your teammate down the fast straights.

We have Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Sainz, Perez, and Tsunsodo exceeding engine component replacements.

 Said that “it’s a great setup for the Raceday on Sunday, drivers become demons and go all on pace overtakes on the Temple of Speed circuit.”

Quote of the Day!

As a team, we are made up of people from many places and this is an event that will be felt across the world. Many of us including myself are not British but I admired and respected her quiet leadership and her resilience. Toto of Mercedes

Up Next

On Day 2 which is Saturday September 10th, 2022 we will see the final practice (FP3) from 7:00-8:00 a.m. 

Qualifications (Q1, Q2 & Q3) will follow going from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Day 3 (Race Day Sunday) will be the main Race which will be held on Sunday September 11th, 2022 with a starting time of 9:00 a.m., coverage starts at 7:45 a.m.

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