Monza Preview: The downforce conundrum

Monza Preview: The downforce conundrum

One of the fastest circuits on the F1 calendar, Monza represents a unique challenge for the F1 teams, all of whom will be bringing custom aero packages this weekend. Cracking the low-downforce criteria will be key to their fortunes...

Monza in its pre-chicane configuration was known for its classic slipstreaming battles and spectacular finishes, most famously Jackie Stewart's victory in 1969 and Peter Gethin shading it in a five-car pack two years later. But in recent times, the Italian Grand Prix has produced arguably less than its fair share of overtaking.

While last year's race was an improvement thanks to the DRS, not to mention Sebastian Vettel's bold on-the-grass pass on Fernando Alonso, as Michael Schumacher demonstrated to Lewis Hamilton, keeping a quicker car behind is easier than you might expect.

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