VF1blog: Monza Is All About Speed And Power
Italian GP - Monza Is All About Speed And Power Monza, it has been said, it is the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar.
Three quarters of the lap is full throttle. Wide Open, foot to the floor and maximum revs where engines and nerves are tested to extremes.
Due to its characteristics, the cars will be setup with a low downforce configuration and geared for speed. A long seventh gear will aid a driver in snagging pole but may hurt overall performance on race day.
The biggest challenge for teams will be finding the balance in gear ratios that will allow a decent qualifying pace matched up with a good race day pace.
DRS is not really much of a factor, primarily because of the low downforce configuration. This means less drag and therefore less advantage from DRS. This is one of the reasons teams such as McLaren and Lotus will not be bringing their DDRS solutions.
The power and speed will also be needed to make up for the approximate 23 second pit stop delta.
A one stop race would be ideal if possible as the less stops the better. Pirelli will be bringing the same compounds as those brought to Spa in Belgium. There is no blistering expected; however, track temperatures are expected to be hotter than in Belgium.
The circuit should be slightly less abrasive and therefore, more gentle on the tyres.
Author: Ernie Black
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