September 18, 2021

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One against one Max against Lewis at the Cathedral of Speed: the times of the Italian GP

Three points separate the two drivers after yet another change of command in the F1 World Championship

There are many races in which the decision for the Formula 1 world title is linked to Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but the charm of this certainty is the uncertainty it also entails.

The duel between the Dutch Red Bull driver and the English (champion) of Mercedes continues hotly for the Italian GP next weekend. And, after another change of leadership in the championship, after that of Veerstappen categorical victory in Zandvoort which returned him to the top of the standings – there could not have been a more desirable scenario for the next chapter: the Monza racetrack known as the Cathedral of Speed.


Verstappen has regained the lead three points clear of Hamilton and this difference is more a reinforcement of the uncertainty present up to the checkered flag – as will the behavior of the balanced Red Bull towards that of the still powerful. Mercedes on a track that favors speed …

Adding Condiments to this recipe are the fact that the Italian GP (after Silverstone) is the second race of the year with the sprint qualifying format at the weekend; that is, with training and qualifications on Friday for the Saturday race.


On this second day there will be the second tests and the sprint qualification with a race of 100 km (in Monza it should be 18 laps) which will define the grid for Sunday’s main race, with 53 laps.

The Monza racetrack has 5,793 km of perimeter with 11 curves divided by different chicanes that shorten the straights of this track on the current track. There will be two DRS zones. Keep up to date with the F1 Italian GP schedule:



Saturday Sunday

13h30-14h30 Free Practice 1 11: 00-12: 00 Free training 2 17: 00-18: 00 Qualification 15: 30-16: 00 Sprint qualification

14: 00-16: 00 Race (53 laps)