At 15.00 today the racetrack of Monza will host the 73rd edition of the Italian Grand Prix of Formula One, the only event other than the British GP to have been part of the calendar of every single edition of the World Championship from 1950 to today. A real cornerstone of the Circus, also because it represents the home appointment for the Ferrari, the only team ever present in the top automotive category since its inception. The Scuderia di Maranello has won its home event 19 times and, collecting a further success, would allow the Prancing Horse to reach the fateful share of 20 affirmations.
Will it be today, that day? THE fans della Rossa can lawfully cultivate hope to celebrate because, in the Brianza circuit, the F1-75 showed a competitiveness higher than expectations after having suffered tremendously both at Spa-Francorchamps and in Zandvoort. Charles Leclerc it will in fact start from pole position after finishing one of his terrific laps in yesterday’s qualifying. Clearly the chances of harpooning success are all focused on the Monegasque, as Carlos Sainz he will have to start from the 18th box to have homologated a new one power unit.
The twenty-four year old from the Principality will have to guard his back against the probable return of Max Verstappen, which will start from the fourth row instead of the first following the penalty for changing the internal combustion engine. It would be specious to feed false expectations, the Leclerc’s situation is not easy. Ferrari worked mainly to make a bang in qualifying. Red Bull, aware of being destined to recover, has instead sought the best set-up in view of the race. Super Max he should therefore be considered the favorite, but Charles does not start beaten for this reason. On the contrary, it is safe to bet that he will give his soul to try to pass under the checkered flag first, as already happened in 2019, when he managed to keep behind the arrembante Mercedes defending himself grimly.
F1, Charles Leclerc: “I think about the race, I know it will be difficult. We have to confirm the speed “
Everything will depend on the response of the tires. There F1-75 and the Pirelli they have quarreled in Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands. If the Reds and the tires stop bickering, then Leclerc will have a chance. We will find out if theextreme ultra-exhaust trim chosen by the engineers from Maranello, it will undermine the harder compounds. In which case, challenging the RB18, which instead opted for a set-up destined to be sweeter with the tires, will be prohibitive. But how many times, even in the last few weeks, have we heard radio communications during which the locutions reigned “More than expected” or “Less than expected” (that is to say“More than expected” and “less than expected”) in relation to theusury of Pirelli? In short, Leclerc and Ferrari can try. Winning the World Championship is now utopia, trying to triumph at Monza is a concrete goal..
RIDERS ‘WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (15 GP OF 22)
310 – VERSTAPPEN Max (Red Bull)
201 – LECLERC Charles (Ferrari)
201 – PEREZ Sergio (Red Bull)
188 – RUSSELL George (Mercedes)
175 – SAINZ Carlos Jr. (Ferrari)
158 – HAMILTON Lewis (Mercedes)
82 – NORRIS Lando (McLaren)
66 – OCON Esteban (Alpine)
59 – ALONSO Fernando (Alpine)
46 – BOTTAS Valtteri (Alfa Romeo)
MANUFACTURERS ‘WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (15 GP OUT OF 22)
511 – RED BULL
376 – FERRARI
346 – MERCEDES
125 – ALPINE-Renault
101 – MCLAREN-Mercedes
51 – ALFA ROMEO-Ferrari
34 – HAAS-Ferrari
29 – ALPHA TAURI – Red Bull
25 – ASTON MARTIN-Mercedes
4 – WILLIAMS-Mercedes