The Scuderia Brought a New Power Unit to Monza
Update: Lewis Hamilton took the Pole position for the Italian Grand Prix Saturday, beating MercedesAMG teammate Nico Rosberg’s time by nearly .50/sec.
Since Y 2000, the Pole sitter has won 13 of 16 races in Monza and each of the past 6 years, with Mr.Hamilton himself taking 3 of those victories.
That means the Pole has been more important in Italy recently than Monaco, where the top qualifier has won only 11 of the last 17 years.
Featuring long straights and the highest speeds in F1, up to 355 kph (220 mph), there’s plenty of space to overtake but aerodynamics make it a challenge.
Sunday, Mr. Hamilton will be aiming to become the first driver since Juan Fangio in Y 1955 to win at Monza 3 years running.
The Top 10 Grid position for Sunday’s F1 race at Monza, as follows;1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
5. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
7. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
8. Sergio Perez (Force India)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
10. Esteban Gutierrez (Haas F1)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 4
Race Time: 1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET
TV: Sky Sports F1 and HD, Channel 4 and HD, NBC
FP3 for the Italian Grand Prix finished with Lewis Hamilton quickest of all as he clocked a time 1.3 secs faster than Sebastian Vettel who came 3rd best in his Ferrari. Mr. Hamilton was also almost 0.04 sec ahead of MercededAMG teammate Nico Rosberg.
The Top 10 final order ended up as: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Massa, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Perez and Gutierrez.
The temperature at the start of the 60-min session was 81Fahrenheit (27Centigrade), the track temperature was 88F, and 31C
The line-up at the weekend was:
- Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
- Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
- Williams Mercedes – Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
- Red Bull TAG Heuer – Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
- Force India Mercedes – Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
- Renault – Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.
- Toro Rosso Ferrari – Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz.
- Sauber Ferrari – Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
- McLaren Honda – Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
- Manor Mercedes – Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.
- Haas Ferrari – Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez.
The Scuderia has spent all of its remaining Formula 1 power unit development tokens on an upgrade for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
All teams were permitted to use 32 development ‘tokens’ through Y 2016 to update their power units through the season.
Ferrari has become the 1st team to spend its entire allocation, as confirmed in a communication from the FIA Friday at Monza.
The upgrades coincide with the introduction of new power units for drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at Monza.
US Team Haas will also run with the updated power units at Monza.
Honda has three tokens remaining to use this season, while Mercedes still has six banked.
Renault has used very few of its development tokens this season, still holding 21 of its initial allocation of 32.
The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app this weekend.
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