F1 brings its European triple-header to a close with Ferrari’s home race at Monza, Italy for 2022 Italian Grand Prix.
With a 109-point lead, Max Verstappen is within firm control of the driver’s championship with a maximum of 190 points on offer from the remaining seven races of the season as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc look to keep his title hopes alive with a win at the Scuderia’s home race.
Leclerc however is also engaged in a four-way fight for second against Sergio Perez, George Russell and Carlos Sainz with the quartet split by 26 points, with Lewis Hamilton holding a outside chance as he sits 43 points behind the Monegasque.
The last three Italian Grands Prix meanwhile have all thrown up different race winners so expect another winner this year, if recent seasons are anything to go by.
Now, here is a full guide to everything that you need to know ahead of 2022 Italian Grand Prix from track information to key pointers and more.
Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Race Distance: 306.720km
Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4
|Friday 9 September 2022||FP1||1:00pm|
|Friday 9 September 2022||FP2||4:00pm|
|Saturday 10 September 2022||FP3||12:00pm|
|Saturday 10 September 2022||Qualifying||3:00pm|
|Sunday 11 September 2022||Race||2:00pm|
Five Key Pointers
- Following tyre strategy and pit stop errors in Belgium and Netherlands respectively, Ferrari will need a clean weekend if they’re to impress under scrutiny of home fans and fight for the win.
- With Monza being a low downforce circuit, there is potential for some teams to run an one-off aerdynamic specification but the cost cap makes that option unlikely this season.
- After eight seasons of struggle and no podiums around Monza, Red Bull are best placed to end their rut given their current pace and form.
- Slipstream and tow effects will be crucial in Qualifying for all teams to maximise their chances so expect traffic to be an issue heading towards the Parabolica.
- Early weather forecasts suggest that rain could affect Friday Practice and Saturday’s Qualifying session, which could well result in a mixed grid for the race.
Last Time Out
Daniel Ricciardo benefitted from a collision between last season’s title contenders – Verstappen and Hamilton on Lap 26 – to head Lando Norris in an one-two finish for McLaren at 2021 Italian GP, whilst Valtteri Bottas drove from 19th on the grid to finish third.