Alexf1. Because of set up differences in the aerodynamics you can only really tell on certain tracks which engine is stronger.Alexf1 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:58 pmNo big difference in engine performance today on lap 1 between Mercedes and Honda compared to Silverstone. Has Merc paused their strong lap 1 mode or has Honda upped the power now that they have fewer weekends per engine? Maybe a bit of both, AT was also very good today
https://honda.racing/f1/post/italian-gp-race-setup#ItalianGP Race Setup Monza.
For the third part of this European triple-header, Formula 1 returns to the iconic Monza.
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A normally special weekend as the home race of Scuderia AlphaTauri, in 2020 the Italian Grand Prix saw one of the sport's most memorable moments unfold, as Pierre Gasly took his maiden victory at the temple of speed.
A team and fan favourite, the Italian Grand Prix is a pure battle of power, with the cars running their lowest downforce packages of the season. In 2021, we will be running the second instalment of the F1 Sprint format, with just one practice session for the team to get up to speed and Qualifying on the Friday evening.
After a good result racing in Zandvoort with Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing last week, we hope to continue our form and push on for a strong weekend once again in Italy. As the past has shown here however, anything can happen at Monza!
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Last Sunday in Zandvoort we witnessed an unforgettable win for Max Verstappen in front of his home crowd and now we come to Monza, also famous for the enthusiasm of its fans, mostly wearing red in contrast to the orange at the Dutch Grand Prix. Last year in Italy, we secured another memorable victory when Pierre Gasly, who has been with Honda since 2018 secured his first ever Formula 1 win at Scuderia AlphaTauri’s home race. Monza is famous for its high speed nature, with four long straights that mean a high proportion of the lap is spent at full throttle, making it a demanding race for the PU. Those straight are linked by three chicanes so that finding the right balance between the high and low speed sections is important. For the second time, after the race at Silverstone, this event features the Sprint Qualifying format, that means on Friday we go straight from one free practice session into qualifying, with parc ferme conditions, so changes to our settings are not permitted. The key is therefore to be able to find the right settings for the PU and chassis in a very limited time frame. Drawing on our experience of this at the British GP, we will have various settings options ready and we look forward to having another competitive weekend.
A few words from Max, Pierre, Sergio and Yuki:
=> should be MonzaWouter wrote: ↑Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:25 amROUND 14 Imola
https://honda.racing/f1/post/monza-raceA Tough Day At Monza For Honda Power
A challenging day at Monza resulted in three Honda-powered cars failing to finish as Sergio picked up points with a battling fifth place.
After his crash at the start of the Sprint, we opted to take a new power unit in Pierre’s car as he was already due to start from the back of the grid, with the new specification of Energy Store requiring a pit lane start. Pierre reported issues on his reconnaissance laps but was able to take the start, which was unfortunately slightly better than Yuki as a braking problem was discovered and couldn’t be fixed on the grid.
A valiant attempt from the mechanics ultimately failed as Yuki was unable to start, while Pierre’s race lasted only a handful of laps before he was also forced to retire on what turned out to be a painful day for Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Max had been overtaken for the lead by Daniel Ricciardo on the run to Turn 1 but followed the McLaren closely and was looking to use strategy to regain first place when a slow pit stop on lap 23 hampered his chances and dropped him back in the pack.
Still in the mix for victory, Max was then fighting with Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes emerged from his pit stop and the two collided at the first chicane, taking both of them out of the race.
That just left Sergio to take up the fight for Red Bull Racing and the team reacted well in the Safety Car period to make his one and only pit stop for hard tyres so that he rejoined in fourth place.
After the race, the stewards awarded a three-place grid drop at the Russian Grand Prix to Max, following the contact between himself and Lewis.
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This was a very disappointing day for us with three of the four Honda-powered cars failing to finish. Checo actually had a good race to come from ninth on the grid to cross the finish line third, but a penalty meant he was classified fifth, but those points are important for the championship. It was a shame that both AlphaTauris were out of the race almost immediately and then Max had to retire after his collision with Lewis. However, there is still a long way to go this season and we can expect a tough fight for the championship all the way to the end, so we will start preparing for the next race right away.
Finally, I would like to offer our congratulations to our former partners McLaren on their brilliant 1-2 finish.
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We were racing for position today but you need two people to work together to make the corner and Lewis just kept squeezing until there wasn’t room anymore for two cars and that’s when we crashed. When he exited the pits, he started to squeeze me going into Turn 1 so I had to use the green part of the track. It was very tight but there was room for me to go around the outside and then I was pushed onto the orange sausage kerb. I was there to try and race hard but fair. I don't fully agree with the penalty as I believe it was a racing incident. It’s very unfortunate what happened today but we are both professionals and so we will move on.
Honda’s idea to stop F1 crash victims being punished
Soon, perhaps at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, Formula 1’s rules mean Max Verstappen will have a grid penalty for an engine change beyond Red Bull or Honda’s control.
Verstappen is on the penalty bubble because of the crash he suffered at Silverstone, a crash the stewards deemed title rival Lewis Hamilton was predominantly to blame for.
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Its argument is the FIA regulations need to be reconsidered. Currently, certain engine parts are sealed by the FIA, which means they cannot be checked, repaired or replaced without sanction.
The suggestion Tanabe has offered is that a panel is created that can review accidents and discuss requests for part changes.
He reckons it fits the sustainability requirement because it would enable engine manufacturers to spend “tens of thousands” on repairs instead of “millions” on all-new engines.
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