Formula One heads to Italy this weekend for the Italian GP after a chaotic Belgian GP. Lewis Hamilton last time out had his championship lead cut to 9 points. Will he be able to extend his lead or can Nico Rosberg narrow it again?
History of the Italian GP
Formula One heads to the fastest and most historic race track in the world this weekend in Italy. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza has held some historic races in the past with my favourite of being in 2008 when Sebastian Vettel drove for Torro Rosso and won for the first time. Italy is home to Ferrari and Torro Rosso. Ferrari’s fans here are called the “tifosi”.
- First GP: 1950
- Laps: 53
- Circuit length: 5.793km
- Race distance: 306.72km
- Lap record: 1:21:046, Rubens Barrichello, 2004
- Corners: 11
Magnussen clear to race in Italy
Kevin Magnussen has been given the all clear to race at this weekend’s Italian GP. This comes after his huge crash at the top of Eau Rouge which brought out the red flag. Magnussen was able to get out of his wrecked Renault car but was limping.
McLaren to talk about driver line-up for 2017
McLaren Honda have kept to their word and will open talks on their 2017 driver line-up. Fernando Alonso has been confirmed for 2017 as a 3 year deal that he signed when he re-joined in 2015. Who will partner him is another question. The seat is up for contention between Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has commentated that it would be “crazy” for McLaren not to promote Vandoorne.
Grosjean to stay at Haas for 2017
Romain Grosjean is set to stay at Haas for 2017. Haas are yet to confirm their line-up for 2017 and are not in a rush to do so. Grosjean has scored all of the 28 points so far for Haas with team-mate Esteban Gutierrez looking for his first point of the year.
Massa announces F1 retirement
Williams driver Felipe Massa announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season. Massa, told the media on Thursday about his retirement and now opens the door for the seat alongside Valterri Bottas for 2017. Massa had talked of staying at Williams for 2017 but it is believed that Massa was not Williams top priority for 2017. Massa’s last race will be in Abu Dhabi and will celebrate his 250th GP start.
Ferrari spend tokens on engine upgrade
Ferrari have used the last of their engine development tokens off the season ahead of the Italian GP. Ferrari are the first manufacturer to spend all of their 32 tokens for the season. Ferrari have confirmed that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will run a new internal combustion engine, new turbocharger, new MGU-H, new control electronics and new energy store for this weekend.
The Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez will both have new internal combustion engines, new turbochargers and new MGU-H components for this weekend.