Italian Grand Prix

Italian Grand Prix 2022: What We Expect To See?

Monza welcomes its champions for the battle of the fastest, as the race to win the Formula 1 championship title is getting closer. The drivers market is buzzing. The Italian Grand Prix 2022 will determine the best drivers over 53 laps of the 5.793-kilometer Autodromo Nazionale Monza.  Here are what we expect to see this weekend.

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Scuderia Ferrari’s competitiveness

Another sense – Ferrari’s competitiveness during the race. We have every reason to believe both Scuderia drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will show high results as they have no other choice. Paddocks Club’s pets and the team will be heading to the Temple of Speed, at Monza, the home of the tifosi. 

Ferrari fans always come out in force to make one of the most incredible sights of the year. All the grandstands are filled with red fog, turning the entire area into a sea of red, while thousands of people surround the podium.

In such conditions, Ferrari can only celebrate the victory as a one-two finish at the Italian Grand Prix 202 at home. It primarily affects Charles Leclerc, who is still in the running for the championship. Regardless of the results of the past three races, the team is uncertain about Monza.

Despite all the calls from team principal Mattia Binotto to not give up, Charles Leclerc even fears that Monza won’t suit Ferrari this year. It doesn’t scare the tifosi because they believe in the favorites until the very end.

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Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Ferrari’s special yellow suits

Also this year also marks 100 years since the Monza circuit was constructed. Italian Grand Prix 2022 will therefore be a very special race for Ferrari. As well, all of the team members got into their “second colour”. Yes, you’re right, yellow is their is one of the colours of their home town Modena, as well as the background for their iconic prancing horse logo.  

Irrespective, the race in Italy is always an iconic way to end the European season.

Max Verstappen’s ascent to Olympus

It is true that the 2022 Formula 1 season is not among the most unpredictable. But, let’s be honest, red Bull Racing’s coherence is impressive, Max Verstappen’s racing is impressive. In tandem with Sergio Perez the drivers led team to the first place at constructors’ championship, while Max Verstappen is accenting to Olympus. 

In the 2021 Formula 1 season, he has the main rival. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, made us remember the races, especially the final, roaring race in Abu Dhabi. The season was upside down this year. Lewis Hamilton still struggling with W13. The car lacks enough pace and keeps bouncing, which is the main headache for the team. Moreover, Briton is risking finishing the 2022 F1 season without a win for the very first time in his career. Ferrari drivers are the only competitors for Verstappen today, but they also have problems, strategy problems. 

Therefore, Dutchman currently holds a 109-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to team mate Sergio Perez and Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc, while Red Bull hold a comfortable 135-point gap at the top of the constructors’ standings to Ferrari. That’s more comfortable to feel than self-confidence. Max Verstappen will keep the advantage, and his next goal is to win the Italian Grand Prix in 2022. Moreover, there is nothing to prevent it. But as was mentioned, it is impressive. 

Mercedes are focused on their first victory

Impressive as well as the last double pit stop at the Dutch Grand Prix. They demonstrated more than first-class work in terms of coherence. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine that now, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are battling it out for the victory. Just to win any race. 

Today, Lewis Hamilton remains in the race for the championship title, however, his chances are very slim. He is 43 points off second place. But team principal Toto Wolff sures Mercedes will be faster at the following races. 

There is no reason to doubt it. Watching Lewis Hamilton and George Russell work for the coveted goal is a pleasure. We can see both are professionals, and this fight is something we are looking forward to seeing at the Italian Grand Prix in 2022. 

Now that we’ve covered the main heroes, let’s go back to the main place.

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Italian Grand Prix 2022 schedule (local time)

The racing weekend begins on Friday with practice. 

Italian Grand Prix qualifying 2022 will start at 4PM on Saturday. Take note that there is a local time and Monza is 2 hours ahead of UTC.

FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER
FIA Formula 3Practice Session09:15 – 10:00
FIA Formula 2Practice Session10:25 – 11:10
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupPractice Session11:35 – 12:20
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:30 – 13:30
FORMULA 1FIRST PRACTICE SESSION14:00 – 15:00
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session15:30 – 16:00
FIA Formula 3Press Conference16:30 – 17:00
FORMULA 1SECOND PRACTICE SESSION17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session18:30 – 19:00
SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER
Formula 1Teams Press Conference10:05 – 11:05
FIA Formula 3Sprint Race (18 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)10:35 – 11:20
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice11:30 – 12:00
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps12:05 – 12:35
FORMULA 1THIRD PRACTICE SESSION13:00 – 14:00
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupQualifying Session14:30 – 15:00
FORMULA 1QUALIFYING SESSION16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 – 18:00
Formula 1Alfa Romeo Historic Car Parade17:10 – 17:30
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)18:00 – 18:50
SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
FIA Formula 3Feature Race (22 Laps or 45 Mins)08:35 – 09:25
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (30 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)10:05 – 11:10
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupRace (15 Laps or 30 Mins)11:50 – 12:25
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps12:35 – 12:55
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:00 – 13:30
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 – 14:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (53 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 – 17:00
Timetable subject to change.

The weather forecast for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Honestly the weather doesn’t promise any surprises this weekend. Thus, the average temperature will remain at 24°C. The possibility of rain increases on Friday, with a probability of about 60%. Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy, sunny, and dry. There is a chance of rain of about 20%.  

Besides, we still have at least two drivers whose future is unclear. Daniel Ricciardo has still no contract. Significantly, we are not aware of any rumors regarding this case, but their time has come. There is limited time for McLaren to prove his merit for the 2023 Formula 1 season. Italian Grand Prix offers Australian driver the opportunity to express the best of his racing experiences. Although that wouldn’t be an easy task alongside his fast teammate Lando Norris.

Pierre Gasly is another driver who will be pushing hard. The current deal with Red Bull’s younger sister Alpha Tauri doesn’t cover all the skills of the talented and experienced French driver. There are rumors that Aston Martin will buy the deal. So, Gasly has the opportunity to become Fernando Alonso’s teammate in 2023 for one point – if he proves it worth it. As an Alpha Tauri driver, Pierre Gasly has already won the Italian Grand Prix. We celebrated his first win in 2021, which made him cry and smile.