F1, Italian GP: Leclerc lightning in Monza. ‘I want to repeat 2019’ – F1

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Two booms on Monza, a few seconds later: the first resounds when Leclerc crosses the finish line with the absolute best time, the second – after holding his breath – when Verstappen’s time is 145 thousandths slower. Ferrari’s pole position is “surprising”, according to the Monegasque’s own words: his consideration starts from afar, from the difficulties recorded in Spa. as a tribute – it had appeared delayed, as on other fast circuits.

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“We know we have the support of our president, we don’t need to read it in the newspapers. When he expresses support in public it is more for the public than for the team, who know how much they support us. (ANSA)


“I want to repeat the victory of 2019 – the wish of Leclerc, who must interrupt the speech due to the continuous applause of the public to whom he then addresses himself directly -, you deserve it. Here in Monza the atmosphere is always special. It was not easy: I took some risks on my last lap and it worked. Tomorrow I will try to give everything and take the win home. ” Leclerc, who will start in front of Russell and the McLaren Norris-Ricciardo duo, will however have to deal mainly with Verstappen. “Max is very fast – the awareness of the Ferrari driver – he will recover ground and positions quickly”.

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Crowd for Charles Leclerc upon arrival in the Monza paddock. The Ferrari driver, with the yellow polo shirt celebrating the origins of the team and the colors of Modena, was welcomed by the many fans also present in the paddock area. (HANDLE)


The starting position of the world champion is transformed into a mystery for a long time, thanks to the volley of penalties (nine) which makes it difficult to calculate the grid, kept provisional for hours. The FIA ​​must intervene to clarify, in the maze of the quibbles of a bizarre regulation: Verstappen will start seventh, behind also Gasly and Alonso. “Tomorrow will be a good battle – the Dutchman’s promise, whistled from the stands -. We are close to the top but we have chosen a set-up with more downforce that should help us in the race”. Verstappen exudes confidence also thanks to the two seasonal comebacks from Hungary and Belgium, where he even managed to win by starting from 14th place.

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After all, the other Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz, starts. Third time on the track but eighteenth on the grid after having changed almost all the components of the Power Unit. “It hurts to start so far behind with this very competitive car. It would have been really nice to stay in the front to make a double. I didn’t have the slipstream in the second lap of Q3 and that didn’t allow me to compete for pole position.” For him it will be a race to go upstream: “A safety car in the middle of the race would be important to compact the group but Max would like it too”.

Verstappen remains the main thought for Ferrari, also admits Binotto who in the morning received the support of president John Elkann: “For us it is important to start in front of everyone: Verstappen is strong and will chase, but here in Monza overtaking is not taken for granted. “. As a rule, trains of cars are created, all with the drs open. “Compared to RedBull we are more exhausted – confirms the team principal of the Red -: we are faster on the straight, they in the corners. Tomorrow we will see who is right. The pole is a great emotion, winning would be even more beautiful”. It is the wish of the red tide that has stormed the racetrack: 336 thousand tickets sold for the weekend, never so many in a hundred years of history.

The article is in Italian


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