Second practice of the Italian Grand Prix, live: latest updates from Monza


AWelcome to our coverage for the practice of Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Considering that Mercedes should let off steam with every time we show up to a race, their situation is unlikely to be the most interesting of all the teams. The “party mode” engine modes that teams use in qualifying have been banned from this Grand Prix onwards, but I don’t see that affecting Mercedes too much at all. Maybe they could get the pole for 0.7s instead of 0.9 at most. And in any case, the team themselves said that could just mean that – with the engine power saved on Saturday – they could just increase the bit in the races.Either way, Ferrari’s enduring saga is worth watching this weekend. Last week at Spa they had their worst performance in probably a decade, qualifying and finishing 13th and 14th, even behind client Ferrari Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen. Their main problem is power, in that they don’t have much of it. And if Spa was a power circuit, Monza is the power circuit. It could be a very difficult weekend for them. I guess the saving grace is that there won’t be any fans present to express their dismay at the squad’s difficulties.

In others, huge F1 news, following the sale of the Williams team to Dorilton Capital, Frank Williams and Claire Williams, respectively team manager and deputy, will step down after this grand prix. It marks the end of an era for the team and the sport.


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