2020 Italian Grand Prix: Preview
Preview of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix
Formula Ones 2020 season rolls on this weekend as we head to Monza in Italy for the 7th round of the World Championship. Monza is the fastest track on the Formula One calendar and year after year we see top speeds of well over 200mph. Formula One has seen some iconic moments at Monza over the years including Peter Gethins sole victory in 1971 and in 2019 we saw Charles Leclerc claim Ferraris first home win for nine years after a race long duel with both Mercedes cars.
Last weeeknd at the Belgian Grand Prix it was business as usual in 2020 as Lewis Hamilton dominated proceedings and took an emphatic victory ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas who finished second while Max Verstappen finished third claiming yet another podium in 2020.
Image Credit F1.com Monza Layout
The Monza circuit is blisteringly quick and steeped in history. It's 11 corners include turns such as Ascari and the final turn which is Parabolica both provide an epic thrill for drivers and a wonderful vantage point for fans to see a Grand Prix car at it's absolute best. The long straights accompanied by DRS zones that lead into the heavy braking zone of Turn one and the medium speed left hander that is Turn 8 should provide great opportunities for overtaking on Sunday.
Over the last few years the team that has won the Italian Grand Prix has more or less had the best power unit. This is no surprise due to Monza being domaited by long straights. From 2014-2018 Mercedes won 5 races in a row before Leclerc stormed to victory last year for Ferrari. Mercedes have a very likely chance of rekindling there Monza winning form due to the Brackely based team making strides in the engine department over winter. At the other end of the spectrum Ferrari who showed great top speeds last year have taken a huge step backwards and are reportedly 50 horsepower down.
The battle for the final podium place will be extremely interesting as Renault who claimed P4 with Daniel Ricciardo last weekend in Belgium looked pretty handy through the hills of Spa will be looking to consolidate on that result and maybe even challenge the Red Bulls for a podium this weeeknd.
With all this considered the 2020 Italian Grand Prix should be a brilliant spectacle with the cars reaching speeds over 200mph and plenty of overtaking on show as well.