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Italian GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview

By Williams Martini Racing
August 28 2018

One week after the Belgian GP the Williams Martini team moves to another famous circuit Manza for the last European race of the 2018 season, the Italian GP. For both Williams team drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll they have fond memories of their performances at the Monzqa circuit. In particular Lance will look back to last years race when he started on the front row. It is not expected that a smiliar event will take place at this years race but again the Williams team is looking to come away with a positive result hopefully scoring further points.

2018 Italian GP Preview
GP Circuit

Belgium’s been and gone and so now the team turns to Italy’s “Temple of Speed”, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which hosts Round 14 of the 2018 Formula One World Championship. Notoriously known for being the home of the “Tifosi”, Monza rarely fails to excite and entertain with its fast track layout and famed corners such as Ascari and Parabolica. Monza also means farewell to our beloved motorhome as Formula One’s European season draws to a close, with Singapore next up on the calendar.

Straight on from Belgium we go to Italy for the final European race of the season. Monza always has a great atmosphere as the fans come out in their droves to support Formula One. It’s another iconic track within a unique park setting inside the city. The circuit is one of the fastest of the year but despite the high-speed sections, it still has some challenging corners with big braking events to manage. We look forward to ending the European section of the calendar there before heading into the final flyaway races of the year.

GP Tyre Selection Stroll
GP Tyre Selection Sirotkin

I have very good memories racing at Monza, as I raced there a lot in my junior categories. I like the spirit of the track and the challenges that the high-speed, low-downforce corners create for the drivers. The track will throw some challenges at the car which will be nice to evaluate. It’s the last European race so we will have to enjoy it as much as we can.

Last year, Monza was a big turning point in my career, it really impacted on it. I have incredible memories of my front-row start and I will remember it forever. Qualifying was crazy in the rain, but I took to it like a fish to water! The atmosphere there is incredible and the passion of the tifosi is amazing. You can’t ignore the history of the place and the importance of Ferrari. I am really looking forward to getting back there.

Race Data
Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30
Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00
Qualifying: 15:00 – 16:00
Sunday: Race: 15:10

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Italian GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Discussion started by Williams F1 , 28/08/2018 13:56
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28/08/2018 13:56
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28/08/2018 14:08
So Lance will likely drive for us.

28/08/2018 14:52
Yes both good and bad news.
Bad news because most likely he will stay for another race and Kubica gets it 2 weeks later, on a track which is new to him and also phsically one of the hardest with his situations.Not an ideal place for his comeback.
Good news as Monza should offer Force India a good chance of big points.It must suit their car so Lance could get big points there with them which is not in favor of any of us I think.

28/08/2018 16:18
And Kubica gets it 2 weeks later, on a track which is new to him and also phsically one of the hardest with his situations.Not an ideal place for his comeback.

Mehyar, Kubica knows Singapore very well! he raced there in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

And its good that his first outing will be at Singapore - we will see if he can nail it and if so thats great and if not - well, au revoir!

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:28:16:18:51 by ihme.

28/08/2018 17:04
My only concern with Stroll driving for us at this stage is that he probably will be already focused on his impending move to FI.

On a personal note, I will be at the circuit and I would have loved to have the opportunity to see KUB behind the wheel. I am not expecting miracles from him, but what an event that would be! Seeing how he would perform is the only thing that could make me excited for Williams in 2018.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:28:17:04:52 by Myvatn.

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29/08/2018 12:43
I have never understood the love for Kubica, has he ever won a F1 WDC?

29/08/2018 12:57
So only guys who's won a wdc are loved? Check yourself again about Webber & Daniel then.
Btw, there's no love for him atleast from me.It's I am so sick of Stroll that I wish someone else in the car.No matter if it's Kubica, Russell or anyone...if there's a favorite out there, after Fernando it's Ocon for me but chances are very slim to have him in a Williams, unfortunately.

29/08/2018 13:24
No point in feeding the troll...

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