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Monza preview – Toto: “We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned in Belgium”

Monza preview – Toto: “We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned in Belgium”

The Italian Grand Prix takes place at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, north of Milan, on Sunday 8 September.

The Italian Grand Prix has been won from pole position eight times in the past ten years. On a total lap of 5.793 km, the engines spend 4.461 km at full throttle - 77% of the lap distance.

The cars exceed 330 km/h on four occasions around the lap, before turns one, four, eight and 11. Under braking for turn one, the cars decelerate by 260 km/h in the space of 185 metres.

“The Italian Grand Prix marks the traditional end of Formula One's European season and is one of my favourite race weekends on the calendar” says Ross. “Monza has a special atmosphere all of its own with its historic location and the passion of the tifosi making it an inspirational venue.

From an engineering perspective, Monza is unique and requires a special low-downforce aerodynamic package to make the most of the high-speed layout which also places great importance on the strength of the engine on the long straights.

I was very pleased with the team's performance in Belgium and the consolidation of our current position of second place in the Constructors' Championship. We weren't quite in the position to fight for the win but we will keep pushing hard to close that gap and keep fighting.”

For Toto, “we scored a good team result at the last race in Belgium, with third and fourth places, and that underlined one of the team's strengths this year: our drivers. As their performances this season have shown, Lewis and Nico are probably the most closely matched and balanced driver pairing in Formula One.

Their combination of speed and consistency has taken Mercedes to second place in the Constructors' Championship and our clear target is to consolidate this position over the coming races. In Monza, we will use a refined version of the low-drag package introduced at Spa.

We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned over the race weekend in Belgium.”

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