One swallow does not make a summer but Leclerc’s win at Spa-Francorchamps only a week ago represents a nice breath of fresh air for both the world championship and Ferrari that broke its fast of wins.
We come to Monza, a track with low down force that on paper should favour Vettel and Leclerc, even if the tyres are an unknown factor. Leclerc was suffering during the final laps in Belgium and Hamilton was making up ground finishing only 9 tenths of a second behind him. In that part of the race all the team did excellent work, on both the strategy front and the order to Vettel who promptly made himself available.
We are talking about a very fast track that is also very demanding on the engine front with a total of 53 laps. Once more the strategies will be essential, as already happened last year with Hamilton who brought home the win.
It could be a more demanding weekend for Red Bull that is forced to pay the penalty of Verstappen starting from the back of the grid. But the arrival of Albon has strengthened the team’s forces on the field, as the fifth place showed. Considering that Mercedes and Hamilton are unreachable, Ferrari must consolidate second place in the constructors’ championship by trying to keep a safe distance from Red Bull.
This is also an important appointment for Antonio Giovinazzi. At Spa he made a protagonist with a solid performance, unfortunately wiped out by the mistake. In both Formula 2 and Formula ACI-CSAI Abarth he made himself a protagonist with important wins, which shows how much confidence this track gives him. We hope that he can put all his experience to good use.
I wish you a good grand prix and I look forward to seeing you all at Monza.
Gian Carlo Minardi