In F1 2020 calendar, there are going to be three races in Italy. Out of which one at Monza, which is also the home race for the Ferrari, will start on 6th September. Mercedes have dominated this season so far. Only RedBull’s Max Verstappen is able to give a competition to both the Mercedes drivers. It has been a Mercedes front row in Qualifying for seven races out of eight. Also, Mercedes have been on the podium for every race this season. This is how dominant Mercedes are this season.
Mercedes have also won six out of seven races in F1 2020 season. One time when they had tire-related issues in the British GP. Max Verstappen cliched that victory. Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas have finished together in a podium in five out of seven races. This is how predictable this F1 2020 season is so far. However, we can expect a lot of action and drama from Sunday’s race at Monza. Monza is also called the Temple of Speed is one of the highest speed tracks around the world.
McLaren and Racing Point
Racing Point are doing great in F1 this season. They are fourth in constructor’s standings so far after seven races just two points behind McLaren and five points ahead of Ferrari. Although, they had 15 points deducted after the Silverstone Grand Prix for copying a Mercedes design for its brake ducts. Even though they stand ahead of Ferrari. McLaren on the other hand, are third in the constructor’s ranking. They too are having a great season with Lando Norris securing a podium finish in the very first race of the season in Austria.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will start third in the grid position for Sunday’s race as he went fastest after the two Mercedes. Although, it is very unlikely that he will be battling for the first position in the race, however, he will surely put a battle for the podium finish. Sergio Perez in the Racing Point will start from the second row ahead of Max Verstappen. So, we can expect a great battle for the podium finish in Sunday’s race at Monza. Carlos Sainz’s teammate, Lando Norris will start sixth and Daniel Ricciardo seventh in his Renault. We can surely expect a great battle for a podium finish with Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Daniel Ricciardo all battling for it.
Ferrari’s downfall on high speed tracks
We saw how both the drivers in the Ferrari struggled at Spa in the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend. The two Ferraris started P13 and P14 respectively at the Belgian Grand Prix. Not able to make any progress in the race as they finished P13 and P14 even in the race. Ferrari have struggled for pace from the very first race of the F1 2020 season in Austria. However, Charles Leclerc managed to get a podium finish P2 because of 5 seconds penalty to Lewis Hamilton. Their luck continued in the fourth race of the season at Silverstone, where Mercedes had tire problems and Valtteri Bottas was out of the race. Charles Leclerc managing to finish P3. Since then, they have struggled especially on the high-speed tracks.
Ferrari had their worst Qualifying since 1984, as either of their drivers managed to make it in the Q3. Both, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will start outside the top 10 in Sunday’s race. Sebastian Vettel starts P17 and Charles Leclerc P13. However, it will be interesting to see if they put on a fight to finish in the top 10 in the race to get some handy points in the constructor’s championship.
It will be very interesting to see Max Verstappen’s battle for the podium finish. A great start from the grid can make it easy for him during the rest of the race. It will also be interesting to see how Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez will put on a battle to defend against Max Verstappen. Comment below your race predictions. Can Max Verstappen get a podium finish? Will, it again be a Mercedes 1-2 finish this season? Can the two Ferraris but on a battle?