Monza, for Sebastian Vettel, evokes the memory of three career successes. The most special, however, is the first, from 2008, when the then very young German obtained his first career victory at the wheel of the Toro Rosso, on the team’s home track, propelled by a Ferrari engine. Just behind the wheel of the red, however, the dream of triumphing in the race most felt by all the Cavallino fans never materialized for the four-time world champion. Now Vettel is back in Italy dressed in green, at the wheel of an Aston Martin chasing redemption after the disastrous weekend of the Dutch GP. The fight for fifth place in the constructors’ standings now seems to be a mirage, but the Heppenheim native is hoping at least to be able to take advantage of the Monza straights to get back to moving his standings.
“Monza means a lot to me– said the former Ferrari driver presented at the weekend of the Italian GP – the performance gaps between the various teams tend to be smaller in Monza, because the effect of the slipstream is particularly powerful and overtaking is quite simple “. A reference to the Sprint qualification, the second of the season after Silverstone. “This time we go back to the Sprint format – recalled Vettel – we learned a lot about it at Silverstone, so we will try to make the most of all the opportunities at Monza“.
The Brianza circuit is also in the heart of Lance Stroll, who here in 2017 competed in a splendid qualifying session under the deluge, earning the second position on the starting grid. In addition, the Canadian was third in 2020 at the end of a crazy GP won by Pierre Gasly. “The Italian Grand Prix is one of my favorite races on the calendar – revealed the Montreal native – I qualified on the front row in 2017 and finished on the podium last year. There is no other circuit like Monza. It is incredibly fast, you have to think about the slipstream in qualifying and races can always be reversed in an instant. We know what it takes to do well here and we will try to resume the fight “he concluded.
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