PREVIEW

2017 Italian Grand Prix

A guide to the circuit of Monza from Daniil
2017 Italian Grand Prix schedule
2017 Italian Grand Prix schedule
Monza is yet another classic circuit on the calendar. The fastest track in the championship and one of my favorite: I won lots of races here when competing in the junior series.
Monza circuit map and Daniil Kvyat's form
Monza circuit map and Daniil Kvyat's form
Key sections of the circuit

It becomes evident at a glance that on this track result depends pretty much on the power of the engine and the top speed on the straights. Downforce settings are pretty much the same among all the teams: angle of attack on the wings is set to minimal.

Stability under braking and confidence on the exits from the corners are also essential here. Good traction of the rear wheels is crucial in Monza, especially on the exits from the 1st and 2nd chicanes.

You'll need some good grip on the long sweeping exit from the high-speed Ascari (8,9,10) corner as well. A driver needs to be confident in the rear end of the car here.

The last corner, Parabolica (11), is probably the most well-known on Monza. But now, with the gravel trap replaced by the asphalt safety zone, it's not as challenging as it used to be and that's something I don't particularly like. In the past years, any mistake here could cost you dearly, but now you can just go wider without losing much time.
F1 car setup and tire choice of Daniil Kvyat for Monza
F1 car setup and tire choice of Daniil Kvyat for Monza
Approach to the car setup

Downforce level: the lowest among all the circuits on the calendar and it makes the car feel unstable. Here you need stability under braking, and much attention is paid to making the driver feel comfortable when hitting the curbs.

Suspension settings: a bit softer than average because there's almost no downforce, but you need to attack the curbs, where a car needs some help from the suspension.

Tire wear: very moderate but you need to be careful not to overheat tires with the excessive wheel spin. If you are in control of the situation, tire wear should be low, and we'll see a one-stop strategy in the race.