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Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda are looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

After failing at the points gate last weekend at Zandvoort, Pierre Gasly hopes this time that his AlphaTauri will allow him to play in the top 10 at Monza. Obviously, this is a very special track for the French driver since he won his first Formula 1 victory there during the 2020 season.
« It was a difficult weekend in Zandvoort. We made some progress on the car for qualifying, but I couldn’t keep up with our usual rivals in the race, especially after losing a starting position and struggling in traffic. However, we have learned valuable lessons, and I am optimistic about the final race in Europe.
« Monza is quite close to home, and this circuit will always be very, very special to me for the rest of my career. There are always mixed emotions there, and not just because it is the team’s home race. The energy and atmosphere there are fantastic for all of us.
« We must approach this race with the goal of scoring points. It won’t be easy with the car we have, but there are always opportunities, and we must take advantage of them. We can get a good result if we do a good job. We must remain optimistic and move forward.
« With these new cars, we’ve seen that some situations were easier to manage, others less so, but overall it was easier to overtake, so I don’t see why this wouldn’t be the case at Monza. We’ll be able to follow each other closer but with less drag, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes. I won at Monza after starting 10th on the grid, proving that anything is possible in Formula One!
Tsunoda’s penalty in Italy will be heavily influenced by him.
Yuki Tsunoda, who surprised everyone by qualifying in Q3 in the Netherlands, retired in the race due to a differential problem on his AT03. In any case, the Japanese driver will have a lot to do at Monza because he will receive a 10-place grid penalty for his fifth reprimand of the season at Zandvoort.
« Despite the team’s efforts to improve the car for qualifying at Zandvoort, things did not go as planned in the race, as I encountered a differential problem that forced me to pit. We will now be in Monza for a very special weekend for the team.
« I was unable to start the Italian Grand Prix last year, so I have yet to cover the distance of a Formula 1 race there. « I’m looking forward to our second home race of the season, following Imola. This weekend is very exciting for the entire team.
« At the moment I don’t know if our car will work on this track, but as usual we will make sure to extract the maximum possible from it. Draft will be an important factor on this fast track and with these new cars. , on which the phenomenon is less strong than in the past. Overtaking should be possible now that it is easier to follow each other, but there is also the risk of becoming stuck in the DRS train.
« I see everyone attempting to draft in qualifying; the key will be to manage that well in order to qualify well. Of course we go into this race with a penalty but I like this track so we’ll see how it goes. will take place.

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Alonso: “I want to enjoy every race weekend”, “I don’t stop to think about records”

» We had a difficult Saturday because we missed Q3 due to traffic. It was a thrilling race that felt like a great qualifying session! You’re visiting Monza for the 19th time. “We had a good race in Zandvoort in front of fantastic fans.” Monza is one of the most historic locations for a Formula One race. Because of my time at Ferrari, I’m always welcomed by Italian fans. “Do you still enjoy running there?” Sixth place in Zandvoort was challenging, but exciting for you, tell us… This weekend, Fernando Alonso will compete in his 350th Formula One Grand Prix (from 352 entries), tying Kimi Raikkonen’s record. I won twice and was on the podium several times there. Fit and ready to compete at Monza, he will look to cap off this record-breaking weekend with another high-flying performance in Italy. Finally, I got my tenth point finish in a row, and we’ll try to keep it going at Monza this weekend. “ However, the car performed admirably in the race, allowing us to gain numerous positions. On this triple clash, we transition from the very Dutch atmosphere of Zandvoort to the passion of the Tifosi in Monza, which is quite unique. It was a battle until the end, and we eventually took sixth place after the Ferrari penalty. Is this satisfactory to you? You can match Kimi’s total number of F1 Grands Prix this weekend. To be honest, I try not to think about the records too much and instead concentrate on the race. But as long as I’m working, I don’t have time to think about it. I want to enjoy and make the most of every race weekend. Of course, it’s a fantastic achievement that will make me proud and happy when I look back in the rearview mirror. It’s a fantastic achievement and obviously fantastic to be able to share the record for the most Formula One starts with Kimi on Sunday. It’s the end of a long three-week road trip, so we’re hoping to keep scoring points and enter the longer races in good shape.

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Mick Schumacher: “It will be a difficult weekend”

After Monza, there will be a three-week break before Formula One returns to the Singapore street circuit. “I will undoubtedly prepare as thoroughly as possible for Singapore, as it is one of the most difficult races on the calendar in terms of humidity and temperature.” This weekend, Formula One heads to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, which will also mark the end of the current treble of racing and the European season. We switched from hydraulic to mechanical suspension, which has a significant impact on the ride and may explain why some people have experienced rebound issues. Of course, depending on your perspective, Spa, Zandvoort, and Monza were all new circuits at one point. Next week, I’ll be at the AMB exhibition in Stuttgart, both with Haas Automotion and in the simulator. « I’ll take a few days off, but it’s still a busy time. And the next day, among other things, Kevin (Magnussen) and I will attend the official opening of the Home Deluxe Arena in Paderborn. However, there are likely to be more circuits where we can find the right settings. « I would say this circuit has more character than the new ones, which are flat, long, and full of run-off areas. And, if Schumacher uses this brief break to recharge his batteries, his top priority will be to be ready for this difficult test.

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Haas team boss Gnther Steiner: “We are strong”, “we just need a bit of luck”

Was he taken aback by his German driver’s performance? Mick made the most of it, in my opinion, and being in Q3 was very beneficial for him. “We never give up on the pit wall, and we always try to make the most of the race.” If, as is often the case, Sunday did not go as planned at Haas, Saturday in Zandvoort was more promising: On a race weekend, we make about 50-100 pit stops, and it gets stuck on race day. Wasn’t Günther Steiner tempted to retire his two cars this Sunday in order to save the engine? It’s unfortunate, but we’ve always kept pushing no matter what, and we’ll keep doing so. After Zandvoort, the Haas should suffer at Monza, as it did at Spa. How to explain Kevin Magnussen’s poor performance, which was never really in rhythm or confident? We almost turned the situation around with the safety car and the virtual safety car… but we were just a little too late. “We knew our car needed to perform well at Zandvoort because the circuit has high and medium speed corners, similar to Silverstone and Austria, where we did well.” Mick Schumacher, in particular, managed to finish eighth in Q3, demonstrating that the VF-22 could perform well even without many changes. Günther Steiner, has he had time to thoroughly analyze this race in the Netherlands a few days before the Italian Grand Prix at Monza? Overall, we know the car is strong; all we needed was a little luck, and we could have had some points on Sunday, but qualifying wasn’t too bad. Günther Steiner does not promise his pilots pink… “During the pit stop, the front jack became stuck, which has never happened in seven years and only happens during a race.” “We understand that Monza will not be a strong suit for us. And I’m confident we’ll be in a better position next year. We work harder when we know it will be difficult. We are unable to compete on these circuits this year, but the team in Italy is hard at work on solutions for next year. What can Günther Steiner specifically say about his close relationship with Ferrari? “We’re using these races to gain experience and data for next year’s development, so we’ll be much better prepared than we were this year.” car for the following year We started with almost nothing and produced a very good result this year, in my opinion. We always try our hardest because you never know when it might rain. Because the team uses engineers from Maranello (ex-Ferrari engineers…), as well as the subcontractor Dallara, Italy is almost like a home race for Haas. You must always give your all and never predict a bad race. “We created the department in Italy at the beginning of last year, with ex-Ferrari engineers based in Maranello, not far from Scuderia HQ – but maybe that’s just a coincidence!” With the lessons learned this year, we’re working even harder on next year’s car, and we’re in a better position because the group is now more in sync and understands what we need to do on this new one. « We decided on the design for next year’s F1 a few months ago, so the team is still learning and working hard to ensure we have a good car for 2023. »

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The Spaniard insists he’s relishing the pressure of the Italian Grand Prix

SEE: SAY WHAT?! Ferrari scrambles for tyres in botched 2022 Dutch Grand Prix But I’m going to take a slightly different approach.” Who stood out in Zandvoort? “A little bit, I won’t lie,” he replied. The Dutch Grand Prix produced six winners and five losers. Team boss Binotto called Sainz’s pit stop “a mess.” In the best team radio from Zandvoort, Sainz begs the stewards while Hamilton turns the airwaves blue. “You know, wins can still happen in a variety of ways.” “I’m racing for Ferrari in Monza in a competitive car, and then you appreciate and enjoy it a lot more, and this will be my target, and then we’ll see how the weekend goes, how the car performs, and so on.” “And I’m eager to enjoy my target that we can use especially to enjoy it, because there’s always so much to do – there’s always extra media, extra things, extra events, extra pressure – that sometimes they don’t allow you to open your eyes and see what’s actually happening.” Red Bull’s blistering pace at low-downforce, high-speed Spa-Francorchamps, where Max Verstappen recovered from P14 to a comfortable victory, fueled concerns that Monza would provide a similar pace advantage for Max Verstappen’s team. You may not be the fastest, but you may be able to turn around and win, so we’ll give it our all.” Following Verstappen’s victory at Spa, Sainz was asked if he was “nervous” about Red Bull’s pace, with Sergio Perez backing up a one-two for the team in Belgium as Sainz dropped from pole to P3. At Zandvoort, where Sainz finished eighth after a botched pitstop and a time penalty for an unsafe release, the Spaniard was asked if he could enjoy this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix despite Ferrari’s intense pressure. Despite his race at Zandvoort, the looming threat of a pair of very fast Red Bulls, and the weight of pressure from the fanatical tifosi on the Italian F1 team at their home race, Carlos Sainz has insisted he is determined to “enjoy” his second trip to Monza as a Ferrari driver. Ferrari won at Monza with Charles Leclerc in 2019, before Pierre Gasly won for fellow Italian team AlphaTauri in 2020 and Daniel Ricciardo led McLaren to a surprise one-two in 2021. “Thank God I’ve been following Formula 1 for 15 years, and I’ve been educated by seeing it and seeing how it works, so I’m totally fine with it,” Sainz began, “and that’s why maybe I’m so chilled after a race when something big happens because I know it’s coming and I’m trying to keep it low key, but yeah, Monza is going to be an incredible weekend, having everyone there, a full crowd, fighting with a competitive Ferrari, I think

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Max Verstappen wins the Dutch Grand Prix for the second year running

Classification 1 4 September 2022 1:15.061 PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) is on Twitter. Read our complete coverage of the Dutch Grand Prix. Mercedes is leading for the first time in a long time, with Verstappen close behind. #DutchGP #F1 https://twitter.com/AfG8X9ZtI5 Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon made strong starts, climbing two and three places into the top ten, respectively. Red Bull Max Verstappen Despite starting second, the Monegasque driver was still five seconds behind Verstappen after the first round of pit stops. Verstappen started from pole position and made an excellent start, with the only drama coming from a minor collision between Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton as they battled for third place. To the delight of the orange-clad Zandvoort crowd, Max Verstappen won the Dutch Grand Prix for the second year in a row, taking another big step towards a second World Championship. +4.071 George Russell Mercedes Mercedes +13.016 Lewis Hamilton 4 However, on lap 55, with 17 laps remaining, Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo stalled at the end of the main straight due to an engine problem, bringing out the Safety Car. Sainz’s chances of finishing on the podium were harmed by a slow 12-second first pit-stop on lap 15, after which Ferrari did a much better job changing Charles Leclerc’s tyres. +10.929 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Red Bull 5 Sergio Perez +18.168 Hamilton did not pit, but Verstappen and Russell did, with the Red Bull driver getting past the medium-shod Mercedes into Turn 1 on the race restart – an advantage he maintained until the end. Aston Martin Lance Stroll +22.459 +27.009 11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +30.390 Alex Albon Williams 9 Esteban Ocon Alpin +21.117 8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +20.916 Alfa Romeo 16 Zhou Guanyu +37.320 +36.869 Kevin Magnussen Haas 18 18 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 1 lap Rtd 17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +37.764 Alfa Romeo Rtd Valtteri Bottas Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Russell and Leclerc both passed Hamilton to round out the podium. McLaren Lando Norris +19.306 +18.754 Fernando Alonso Alpine +32.995 Mick Schumacher Haas Aston Martin +36.007 Sebastian Vettel 14

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Verstappen takes pole at Zandvoort, but Ferrari find their mojo

Pinned Pinned View New Posts Ferrari discovered their mojo. 9 a.m. ETTV: ESPNStream: fuboTV Date: September 4Location: 2.646 miles (4.259 kilometers), 14 turns How to Watch the Dutch Grand Prix in Formula One Carlos Sainz Jr. in the second Ferrari is right behind Leclerc. Zandvoort Circuit, North Holland, The Netherlands A strange thing happened on the way to Max Verstappen’s victory party in Zandvoort, despite the fact that the race had yet to be run. Hamilton returns in fifth place on hard compound tires. Having Leclerc alongside him at the start will still be a challenge, and it will be interesting to see who can make the better launch and who will simply push the issue that much further at the first turn. Mercedes may still have a say in the championship race, as Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest on the day, with Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez separating Hamilton and the second Mercedes of George Russell on the grid. Yes, Verstappen and Red Bull Racing recovered from a poor performance in practice on Friday to take pole for Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix, but by only 0.021 seconds over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. At Lap 28, Verstappen catches and passes Russell down the front straight before pulling away through the Tarzan turns to take second place. Hamilton will be up next for the race lead, and he may not have to work too hard because Hamilton will need to pit soon, one would think. Verstappen, on his new medium compounds, is turning fast lap after fast lap behind them. On lap 23, Hamilton and Russell are still putting in laps on the mediums they began on. Red Bull has summoned Verstappen to the pits. Pinned If Mercedes is considering a one-stop strategy, they will pit for the hard compound, so they will want to push and complete as many laps as possible on these mediums. Perez is ranked fifth, followed by Sainz, Alex Albon, Norris, Stroll, and Alonso in the top ten. More importantly, as the race nears Lap 20, Verstappen is ahead of Leclerc, who is fourth and four seconds behind Verstappen. The quickness of the Ferraris, however, gives hope that Zandvoort will not be just another Sunday drive along the beach for Verstappen, who simply put his head down and hung it all out there to take the pole after his team worked out gearbox and setup issues from Friday. A replay of Sainz’s pit stop clearly shows that the driver’s side rear tire was not brought out for his stop and had to be retrieved while he waited patiently in his pit box. Leclerc’s crew is getting ready for his pit stop. Let’s hope they get it right for him. As Sainz has pointed out, this is the case. It appeared to be a fire drill of a stop. Perez is back in eighth place. It’s a 12.7-second stop that puts you in 11th place. Perez attacked Sainz’s wheel gun from behind. View More