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Italian Grand Prix preview

Italian Grand Prix preview

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Published by Mike Pryson
Formula One Italian Grand Prix preview, includes points, course diagrams
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Race Preview 
Round 12 of the 2013 Formula One WorldChampionship marks the
sport’s final race of 
the season in Europe and, as has become
traditional, it takes place at one of F1’s great
Italy’s Monza circuit.F1’s original temple of speed, La Pista
Magica, as it is known, is now out on its ownin modern F1 as a true low-downforce, high-speed circuit, with just a handful of fastbends and chicanes to get in the way of drivers clocking the highest average lapspeed of any track on the current calendar 
 around 245kmh.The presence of slow chicanes breaking thehigh-speed straights means that suspensionsettings are crucial, as to secure a good laptime drivers need to be able to ride the kerbshard. The flat out nature of the track alsomeans that engines take more punishmentthan at most circuits with up to 70 per cent of a lap being run at full throttle. The final effectof all that speed is that tyres are subjected toheavy longitudinal forces under braking andblistering can be an issue. Therefore, tyresupplier Pirelli has allocated its hard andmedium compounds for this weekend. After taking a comfortable win at the last
round in Belgium, Red Bull Racing’s
Lap record:
 1:21.046(Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 2004)
Start/finish line offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Pitlane speed limits:
80km/h throughout the entire eventweekend.
The leading edges of the kerbs atthe apex of Turn 1 and 4 will belonger, to avoid the possibility of a car being launched when crossing them.
The kerb at the exit of Turn 6 willbe extended by 20m in order toprevent damage to the grass verge.
Sebastian Vettel has extended his drivers’
championship lead over Fernando Alonso to46 points, with Lewis Hamilton third, 12points further back. However, following the
race, Vettel acknowledged his team’srelatively poor record at Monza, saying, “wedon’t expect, maybe, to be that strong” in
Italy. That will offer Alonso hope that he canreassert himself in the title fight.
In the constructors’ battle, me
anwhile, RedBull Racing, with 312 points, hold acommanding 77-point lead over nearest rivalMercedes, with Ferrari third on 218 points.
 At the exit of Turn 10, the kerb andartificial grass will be extended by50m.
The section of guardrail just before
the opening on the driver’s left at
Turn 1 will be replaced by a wall.
There will be a two DRS zones.The detection point of the first will beust before Turn 7 with activation justafter Turn 7. The second detectionpoint will be just before Turn 11. Theactivation point will be just after thestart/finish line.
Italian GP Fast Facts 
The Italian Grand Prix hasfeatured on the calendar everyyear since the world
championship’s inception in 1950.
The race has been held at Monzaeach time, save for 1980 whenthe event was run at Imola asMonza was being refurbished.
The 1980 race was won byNelson Piquet for Brabham. TheBrazilian thus became the firstdriver to win an Italian GP at twodifferent venues since the pre-F1era when Rudolf Caracciola wonfor Mercedes at Livorno in 1937,having also drivena Mercedes to victory in 1934 inpartnership with Luigi Fagioli.
The most successful driver inF1 here is Michael Schumacher,with five wins. All of the seven-
time champion’s Italian GP
victories were at the wheel of aFerrari, beginning in his firstseason with the team, 1996. Heal
so stood on the podium’s top
step in 1998, 2000, 2003 and2006.
Piquet is the next mostsuccessful driver, with four wins,
in 1980, ’83, ’86 and 1987.
Of the current drivers, just threehave won at Monza. SebastianVettel and Fernando Alonso arethe only current multiple winners,with two apiece, while LewisHamilton won last year.
Ferrari are by far the mostsuccessful constructor with 18victories. McLaren have 10, whileWilliams have six.
 At the 2008 race, SebastianVettel, driving for Toro Rosso,
became the sport’s youngest ever 
pole position man and followed itup by driving flawlessly in heavy
rain to become F1’s youngest race
winner at just 21 years of age.Previous record holder Fernando Alonso was 22 when he won the2003 Hungarian GP.
Vettel has, of course, gone on towin three world championshiptitles with Red Bull Racing. Monza,though, has been something of a
‘bogey’ circuit for the team. In 16
starts since its F1 debut in 2005,the team has recorded just onepodium finish -
Vettel’s 2011 win.Beyond that, the German’s fourthplace in 2010 is the outfit’s next
best result.
Since 2000, the race has beenwon from pole 10 times from 13events. Michael Schumacher wonfrom second in 2006, whileRubens Barrichello won fromfourth in 2002 and fifth in 2009.
Only once has the race beenwon from further back than 10thon the grid. That was Peter 
Gethin’s famous 1971 win, when
the top five finishers wereseparated by just 0.61 seconds.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen took thelast of his three career victorieshere, for Jordan in 1999. Withthree races remaining, the win put
him firmly in contention for the ’99drivers’ title, but his hopes were
largely dashed at the very nextround, the European GP, whereafter securing pole positionelectrical failure saw him exit therace after 32 laps, while in the
lead. ►Force India’s Adrian Sutil
made the only front-row start of hiscareer so far at Monza in 2009.The German qualified secondbehind Lewis Hamilton and raced
to fourth. It’s his only top
-10 ItalianGP finish so far.
Italian GP Race StewardsBiographies
Garry Connelly has been involved in motor sport since the late 1960s. Along-time rally competitor, Connelly was instrumental in bringing theWorld Rally Championship to Australia in 1988 and served as Chairmanof the Organising Committee, Board member and Clerk of Course of Rally Australia until December 2002. He has been an FIA Steward and
FIA Observer since 1989, covering the FIA’s World Rally
Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Formula OneChampionship. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Motor SportSafety and a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

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