2023 Formula One Italian Grand Prix

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Who are you cheering on in the 2023 Italian Grand Prix?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 82 34.0%
  • Sergio Perez

    Votes: 5 2.1%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 16 6.6%
  • George Russell

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • Lando Norris

    Votes: 17 7.1%
  • Oscar Piastri

    Votes: 6 2.5%
  • Charles Leclerc

    Votes: 30 12.4%
  • Carlos Sainz

    Votes: 24 10.0%
  • Fernando Alonso

    Votes: 28 11.6%
  • Lance Stroll

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • Valtteri Bottas

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Guanyu Zhou

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • Nico Hülkenberg

    Votes: 3 1.2%
  • Esteban Ocon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pierre Gasly

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • Alexander Albon

    Votes: 13 5.4%
  • Logan Sargeant

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yuki Tsunoda

    Votes: 2 0.8%
  • Liam Lawson

    Votes: 6 2.5%

  • Total voters
    241
Few circuits on the Formula One calendar can look back at a similar legacy like that of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza: Since the very first World Championship season in 1950, the venue is the indisputable home of the Italian Grand Prix, and the 2023 edition could see an impressive record being broken.

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Only once in its storied history has the Italian Grand Prix not been held at Monza as part of the F1 World Championship: Since 1950, the sole exception was the 1980 edition, which was held at Imola due to renovation work being carried out at the established home of the Gran Premio d'Italia. Nelson Piquet won in dominant fashion in his Brabham-BMW, eventually finishing the season as runner-up to Williams' Alan Jones.

The Italian Grand Prix returned to Monza the following year, and it has never left again since. Being Ferrari's home turf, the Tifosi usually show up in impressive numbers, and Charles Leclerc gave them their most recent home win in 2019 - but only three Italian drivers have ever managed to win the race as part of the World Championship, the most recent one being Ludovico Scarfiotti in 1966, who fittingly did so in a Ferrari.

Verstappen on Pace for Record​

Almost 60 years later, there is no way around the only Dutchman to ever win the race: Championship leader Max Verstappen took to the top step of the podium im 2022, and if he manages to do so again in 2023, he will be the all-time leader in consecutive wins. Just last week, Verstappen had equaled Sebastian Vettel's 2013 record of nine wins in a row by being victorious in his home race at Zandvoort.

Leading into the race weekend, Mercedes announced that they would keep things consistent behind the wheels of their cars, confirming both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to be on board throughout the next two seasons. The duo got off to a shaky start to the weekend on Friday, though, running only in ninth (Russell) and 17th (Hamilton) in the second free practice session.


Massa Skips Monza​

Another headline, this time of a more controversial nature, is that of Felipe Massa not attending the Italian GP as an F1 ambassador - a direct result of the legal actions the Brazilian is threatening over the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. In light of the current situation, Massa has chosen to go to Monza.

After it recently emerged that F1's then-promoter Bernie Ecclestone knew about the Crashgate scandal that led to Fernando Alonso winning the race, Massa is challenging the outcome of the 2008 season, wanting the race's results to be annulled - which would make him the World Champion of that year.

The Italian Grand Prix Weather​

After facing difficult conditions in the Netherlands, the teams and drivers look to be safe from more rain, according to the forecast. Instead, a warm and dry Sunday awaits at the temple of speed.

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2023 Italian Grand Prix Schedule​

As usual, the 2023 Italian Grand Prix is available for live streaming via F1 TV in addition to the numerous broadcasts worldwide. Find the full weekend schedule below.

Friday
Free Practice 1: 13.30 - 14.30 CEST
Free Practice 2: 17.00 - 18.00 CEST

Saturday
Free Practice 3: 12.30 - 13.30 CEST
Qualifying: 16.00 - 17.00 CEST

Sunday
Grand Prix: 15.00 CEST

Who is your pick to win the 2023 Italian Grand Prix? Let us know in the poll and in the comments below!
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I think that the Red Bull is faster overall so could compromise the qualifying to ensure (as far as they can) a 10th on the trot win for Max Verstappen.
So again the best of the rest will be decided at the flag as to which team/drivers can do the next best job.
I have a feeling that once again Carlos Sainz will be manipulated into a worse position than Charles Leclerc as he has been several times this year... yet he still has more points that 'wonderboy'.
I'm also interested to see if the Williams of Alex or even Logan (who's been proving quicker than he was earlier) can finish ahead of the Mercedes cars, that would be a kick in the rump for Toto by his ex number two.
 
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Bottas has a great chance of a win doesn't he? I mean, Hamilton seems to rate him very highly.
I think it's a little bit of Lewis feeling left out... 'Me, Me, talk about Me and what I achieved'
The basis of his statement is that Max has never driven in the same team as any of Lewis Hamilton's team mates, well, Lewis cannot compare because he too has never driven in the same team as any of Max's team mates.
I wouldn't consider JB as one of the 'F1 World greats' consistent, and good in the wet yes,( seems a nice bloke too)but he outscored LH during their time together, Rosberg dug deep and destroyed their friendship to win one, which shows Hamilton to be not as strong as some may* think, Verstappen on the other hand, once he'd got out of his teenage ways of throwing races away by insisting on bloody mindedness, he took every team mate to the cleaners.

* Edit... 'may not my'
 
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I think it's a little bit of Lewis feeling left out... 'Me, Me, talk about Me and what I achieved'
The basis of his statement is that Max has never driven in the same team as any of Lewis Hamilton's team mates, well, Lewis cannot compare because he too has never driven in the same team as any of Max's team mates.
I wouldn't consider JB as one of the 'F1 World greats' consistent, and good in the wet yes,( seems a nice bloke too)but he outscored LH during their time together, Rosberg dug deep and destroyed their friendship to win one, which shows Hamilton to be not as strong as some my think, Verstappen on the other hand, once he'd got out of his teenage ways of throwing races away by insisting on bloody mindedness, he took every team mate to the cleaners.
While I agree with some of that the fact is Red Bull have a Team Leader policy that favours their no1 driver. It was evident at Zandvoort with the pit stop fiasco. Lewis has 7 titles but without Rosberg in the team that would be eight not to mention the one Red Bull cheated from him so potentially 9 world Titles if Mercedes worked like red bull. Don't get me wrong I think the way Red Bull put all their effort into one driver is the best way to win the drivers championship and that is the only way Mercedes and Ferrari are going to challenge Max at Red Bull. Team mates taking points from each other will never challenge Max for the championship. Just look at how Alonso is benefitting at Aston Martin by being a No 1 driver Stroll is no where near him. A good car capable of top 5 finishes wasted.
 
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While I agree with some of that the fact is Red Bull have a Team Leader policy that favours their no1 driver. It was evident at Zandvoort with the pit stop fiasco. Lewis has 7 titles but without Rosberg in the team that would be eight not to mention the one Red Bull cheated from him so potentially 9 world Titles if Mercedes worked like red bull. Don't get me wrong I think the way Red Bull put all their effort into one driver is the best way to win the drivers championship and that is the only way Mercedes and Ferrari are going to challenge Max at Red Bull. Team mates taking points from each other will never challenge Max for the championship. Just look at how Alonso is benefitting at Aston Martin by being a No 1 driver Stroll is no where near him. A good car capable of top 5 finishes wasted.
You make some good points and I absolutely agree with 'most' of them, getting the Drivers Championship is great for publicity but it's the Constructors championship that brings in the winners money, to get both as Mercedes did for so long was a point pounded home, (more money in, more money to spend) though it matters a little less now as we have a cost cap.
Sadly, I feel that Checo has little chance to win one for the rest of the season because of the publicity of Max getting so many in a row/season, after all an occasional win is good for morale but, hell dude... Records!
Lewis getting 9 WDC's well that's a matter of 'what if', and if we go there then Michael Schumacher would be in a lesser standing if Senna hadn't died at Imola, after all, Schumi only just won in 94 from Damon, who though being no slouch was in no way Senna's equal, again, in 95 Williams may very well have lost footing because of the death of Senna, as we know, Damon won for Williams in 96 and Villeneuve the following year, suppose Ayrton had made the swap back to Mclaren for a few years... that could be looking like 9, if we use 'what if's'
As for Lewis, 'Crashgate' Could/would have made it 6 not 7 if the race had been annulled, and what would have happened if Alonso had joined Mercedes, in 15' instead of Mclaren? Mercedes would 'most likely' still have continued to win the Constructors every year but a share of the yearly driver spoils would most certainly have gone to the Spaniard.

Felipe's challenge is right, but I think he missed the boat because the folks that could have made it happen kept quiet, and unless the sport wants to rewrite the book he won't win... I think that the best that can happen for him is an out of court settlement.

Really, it's all a discussion for a table with Beer on it
 
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While I agree with some of that the fact is Red Bull have a Team Leader policy that favours their no1 driver. It was evident at Zandvoort with the pit stop fiasco. Lewis has 7 titles but without Rosberg in the team that would be eight not to mention the one Red Bull cheated from him so potentially 9 world Titles if Mercedes worked like red bull. Don't get me wrong I think the way Red Bull put all their effort into one driver is the best way to win the drivers championship and that is the only way Mercedes and Ferrari are going to challenge Max at Red Bull. Team mates taking points from each other will never challenge Max for the championship. Just look at how Alonso is benefitting at Aston Martin by being a No 1 driver Stroll is no where near him. A good car capable of top 5 finishes wasted.
I don't judge drivers by numbers of titles only. Vettel having 4 titles and Alonso 2 doesn't make Vettel a better driver than Alonso in my view, far from it. Hamilton can have 10 titles for all I care, it doesn't make him better (to me) than Alonso or Verstappen. A league table of drivers' success is unarguable, currently Hamilton ahead of Schumacher and all other drivers in whatever order behind in that league, but that league is NOT a measure of talent, best to worst.
 
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While I agree with some of that the fact is Red Bull have a Team Leader policy that favours their no1 driver. It was evident at Zandvoort with the pit stop fiasco. Lewis has 7 titles but without Rosberg in the team that would be eight not to mention the one Red Bull cheated from him so potentially 9 world Titles if Mercedes worked like red bull. Don't get me wrong I think the way Red Bull put all their effort into one driver is the best way to win the drivers championship and that is the only way Mercedes and Ferrari are going to challenge Max at Red Bull. Team mates taking points from each other will never challenge Max for the championship. Just look at how Alonso is benefitting at Aston Martin by being a No 1 driver Stroll is no where near him. A good car capable of top 5 finishes wasted.
I'm not sure going the route of IFs is a good idea to support a view as to why 'my' driver is the best. I can think of many IFs where results and title wins could have been completely different
 
I can't be doing with tribal motorsport.
I just want to see a good race, most of the time I'm not bothered who wins but just hope I see some action and skill on display. It shouldn't end up like football where people get angry and hostile because their team lost and the don't appreciate the game they just watched.
 
I don't judge drivers by numbers of titles only. Vettel having 4 titles and Alonso 2 doesn't make Vettel a better driver than Alonso in my view, far from it. Hamilton can have 10 titles for all I care, it doesn't make him better (to me) than Alonso or Verstappen. A league table of drivers' success is unarguable, currently Hamilton ahead of Schumacher and all other drivers in whatever order behind in that league, but that league is NOT a measure of talent, best to worst.
I fully agree with your sentiment. I have the opinion that each decade or era brings a new driver who really shines and it's difficult to really point out a GOAT due to statistics alone. I mean, if you consider the names that Schumacher raced against, different points systems and the lower number of races per season, the cars that he drove and how he demolished team mates like Piquet, Brundle, Patrese or Baricchello it puts his achievements into a different light. That said, I consider other drivers as more talanted due to their versatility. If you take alook at Mario Andretti, who was fast with anything that had four wheels I would put those guys clearly above the current bunch of successfull F1 drivers. The only other drivers who come to my mind who have kind of the same versatility are Scott Dixon and Fernando Alonso. Funny enough, Dixon is one of the drivers that get's rarely mentioned in the international media, but you don't become a six time champion in a much more competetive spec series while being a beast on ovals, road courses and street courses alike and a three time Daytona 24 winner while being a douche.
 
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While I agree with some of that the fact is Red Bull have a Team Leader policy that favours their no1 driver. It was evident at Zandvoort with the pit stop fiasco. Lewis has 7 titles but without Rosberg in the team that would be eight not to mention the one Red Bull cheated from him so potentially 9 world Titles if Mercedes worked like red bull. Don't get me wrong I think the way Red Bull put all their effort into one driver is the best way to win the drivers championship and that is the only way Mercedes and Ferrari are going to challenge Max at Red Bull. Team mates taking points from each other will never challenge Max for the championship. Just look at how Alonso is benefitting at Aston Martin by being a No 1 driver Stroll is no where near him. A good car capable of top 5 finishes wasted.
That might all be true, but tell me, how is that any different than Bottas moving aside for Lewis, or Kovalainen.
 
I fully agree with your sentiment. I have the opinion that each decade or era brings a new driver who really shines and it's difficult to really point out a GOAT due to statistics alone. I mean, if you consider the names that Schumacher raced against, different points systems and the lower number of races per season, the cars that he drove and how he demolished team mates like Piquet, Brundle, Patrese or Baricchello it puts his achievements into a different light. That said, I consider other drivers as more talanted due to their versatility. If you take alook at Mario Andretti, who was fast with anything that had four wheels I would put those guys clearly above the current bunch of successfull F1 drivers. The only other drivers who come to my mind who have kind of the same versatility are Scott Dixon and Fernando Alonso. Funny enough, Dixon is one of the drivers that get's rarely mentioned in the international media, but you don't become a six time champion in a much more competetive spec series while being a beast on ovals, road courses and street courses alike and a three time Daytona 24 winner while being a douche.
yes Andretti was certainly a talent, but I have to say.. in the Lotus years Ronnie Peterson was the more talented of the two. Ronnie was not contractually allowed to pass Andretti.
 
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Great race, well done Max, and Carlos DOD easily, Checo, good to see that 2nd spot again.
These 5 second penalties are getting daft, LH crashed another car off the road 'again' for what? a penalty that doesn't matter, Oscar on the other hand had to pit for repairs losing vital championship points for himself and the team.
Ferrari... KUDOS guys for allowing their drivers to race each other so hard!:thumbsup:
 

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