Italian GP Preview – Toto Wolff: “We’re edging closer to that first win”

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Mercedes released the 2022 Italian Grand Prix preview featuring comments from team boss Toto Wolff. You can read the full preview below!

“We didn’t have the fastest car across the Dutch GP weekend, but the team did a fantastic job putting us in the mix to win the race and we need to ensure we’re in that position on a more regular basis,” Wolff said.

“We took some risks in Zandvoort and not all of them worked; we exist to fight for victories and will never shy away from making bold decisions. We scored good points in our chase for P2 in the championship and it was fun to be back in the fight. Through everyone’s hard work, we’re edging closer to that first win of the season.

“Emotions were running high on social media after the last race, but hate speech and abuse directed at our Team and our competitors have no place in F1. We compete hard on the track but we always have respect for our rivals.

“This intense triple-header wraps up in Monza, an iconic venue with a rich history and heritage in motorsport, and of course the sea of red Tifosi. While Zandvoort suited our car, Monza is likely to be a more challenging weekend owing to the circuit characteristics.

“But we’re optimistic we’ll be in better shape than other low-downforce tracks like Spa, thanks to our learning since then, and be pushing hard to be fighting for the podium once again,” the Austrian concluded.

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Fact File: Italian Grand Prix

  • Monza is nicknamed ‘Temple of Speed’ and for good reason, as 76% of the lap time and 83% of the lap distance are taken at full throttle – the highest of any F1 circuit.
  • Due to the long straights and large portion of lap spent in eighth gear, Monza is one of the lowest tracks for gear changes per lap, with only 40.
  • The Italian GP is the lowest downforce level of the year and requires a special rear wing, just for this event. There is still enough downforce to – in theory – drive a car upside down, though.
  • Monza has the highest average corner speed of any F1 track, with the fast Curva Grande (Turn 3) and Parabolica (Turn 11) counterbalancing the various slow chicanes that split up the long straights.
  • The tow is massively powerful in Monza and is particularly important in qualifying, leading to battles on track to find a tow – you don’t want to be at the front of the pack, punching a hole in the air for everyone else. It can bring as much as 0.25 seconds of lap time per lap.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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