Autodromo Nazionale Monza Track Layout
Last year’s winner: Fernando Alonso
All times eastern
Friday, September 9
First practice session: 5am
Second practice session: 8am, live on SPEED
Saturday, September 10
Third practice session: 4am
Qualifying session: 8am, live on SPEED
Sunday, September 11
Race: 8am, pre-race show on SPEED begins at 7:30am
race reshown at 4:30pm and Monday at 12pm
First and third practice sessions can be streamed live on speedTV.com
This is the last race in Europe for the season, it’s sad to realize it’s almost over!
Sebastian Vettel had his first win here back in 2008 in the rain. It looks like this weekend will be dry: there is a 40% chance of rain Saturday and Sunday right now, though.
Like Valencia and Montreal, this weekend’s race will feature two DRS enabled areas. However unlike these previous races, which had just one detection zone, there will be two completely separate detection zones at Monza for each DRS area. The first will be on the start/finish straightaway, with the detection zone coming right after the last corner on the track, Parabolica.
The second DRS zone will be between turn 5 at Lesmos and Variante Ascari, with the detection zone between turns 4 and 5.
Tires will be the soft and medium compounds, and they should be run on the previously mentioned 3.75 degrees of camber, just remember.
Going back to Tuesday’s story, the Grand Prix Drivers Association said they support Pirelli’s idea to change the allotment of tires for races. This could help the company change the rules for next year if they still need to present their idea to the FIA.
Finally, Virgin has new upgrades to unveil for this race, as rival team Lotus doesn’t seem to even care what happens this weekend as long as it means the cars finish. Meanwhile Virgin has not had that problem in 9 races…should be interesting to see if a) Virgin finishes ahead of the Lotus cars and by how much, or b) who doesn’t finish out of the four cars!
Should be a good race, of course, it is a classic! Check back with Practice Makes P1 for updates throughout the race weekend.