2019 Italian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 move on from the Belgian Grand Prix straight to Monza for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix where all three series are still coming to terms with the lap two crash in the Formula 2 feature race which hospitalised Juan Manuel Correa and took the life of Anthoine Hubert.

Formula 3

The Italian Grand Prix is the penultimate round for the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Russian, Robert Shwartzman entering the weekend having managed to extend his championship lead.

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It wasn’t too bad a weekend for the other two Prema Racing drivers with Jehan Daruvala scoring twenty five points, reclaiming second place from Juri Vips in the championship. Meanwhile, the third Prema Racing of Marcus Armstrong matched his Hungarian Grand Prix result, claiming reverse grid pole and then going on to win the sprint race.

It wasn’t a good weekend for Juri Vips however who was only able to finish fifth in the feature race and was unfortunate to be caught up in a first lap tussle that compromised his sprint race, before dropping further down the order in the second race after damaging his front wing.

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It was another solid weekend for current fifth placed Christian Lundgaard who followed on from the weekend in Hungary, where he scored thirty seven points, with another big points haul in Belgium, claiming twenty points across the weekend.

The driver who managed to accumulate the most points in Belgium was Pedro Piquet who claimed the feature race victory on his way to accumulating thirty one points across the weekend.

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It was also an impressive weekend from Honda and Red Bull backed Japanese driver, Yuki Tsunoda who scored twenty points across the two races in Belgium which included finishing second in the sprint race. His highest finish of the season as well as his biggest points haul over a weekend in 2019 so far.

The Belgian Grand Prix also saw another driver claim their first points of the season with Japanese driver Teppei Natori scoring a point in the sprint race. It takes the total number of drivers to have scored points in the current season of Formula 3 to twenty two out of thirty two to have contested a race weekend.

Formula 2

Formula 2 heads to Italy still in mourning as it continues to come to terms with the loss of Anthoine Hubert as well as the injuries that Juan Manuel Correa sustained in the same incident.

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The Formula 2 championship has two more rounds after Italy, in Russia and Abu Dhabi with current championship leader Nyck de Vries thirty points ahead of nearest rival, Nicholas Latifi.

Formula 1

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton enters the weekend having managed to extend his lead over his nearest rival, Valtteri Bottas after finishing second in Belgium while Bottas finished third.

Scuderia Ferrari head to their home Grand Prix having managed to record their first win of the season, with Charles Leclerc taking his maiden victory in Belgium having missed out in Bahrain and Austria earlier in the year.

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Max Verstappen will be hoping to recover after a disappointing race in the previous round which lasted only a few corners as he collided with Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo, leaving Verstappen with too much damage to continue.

Thanks to an incredible recovery drive, as well as being helped by retirements ahead of him, Alexander Albon goes to Italy having hit the ground running, of sorts, after his maiden race with the ‘senior’ Red Bull team after achieving his highest finish to date in Formula 1, a fifth place finish.

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Both Toro Rosso and Racing Point go into the weekend having managed to get both cars into the points in Belgium with Toro Rosso finishing seventh and ninth while Racing Point finished sixth and tenth.

However, it was a pointless weekend for McLaren, their first since the Canadian Grand Prix back in early June.

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The only other midfield team to head to Italy having scored points in Belgium is Renault thanks to Nico Hulkenburg finishing eighth.

It means that the gap between fourth placed McLaren and seventh placed Racing Point has come down to forty two points.

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