The Key Strategic Moment of the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2015 was the aggressive undercut by MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS’s Nico Rosberg on the Williams F1 Team cars at the pit stops. Rosberg fell behind the Williams drivers at the start, but with new tyres on lap 18 he attacked to good effect. Williams reacted but slower stops meant both drivers lost positions to Rosberg. Ultimately Rosberg retired with engine failure.
Race Strategy Briefing
Monza is the fastest track on the calendar, the shortest race at around 80 minutes and a unique track with ultra low-downforce for the long straights. Teams like to try to do this race in one stop, but Pirelli has selected soft and medium tyres this year to open up more strategic possibilities and increase variation. The new start rules will have a big impact here as it is a long run to Turn 1, so any loss on getaway will be magnified as cars get swallowed up in the dash to Turn 1.
In collaboration with James Allen
One of the few F1 tracks that dates back to 1950, Monza has been through nine iterations. Initially raced around a banked oval, the introduction of three chicanes in 1972 was made to slow the cars down and improve safety, however the circuit is still the fastest on the calendar with 75% of the lap completed at full-throttle. It is all long straights and chicanes, making it tough on brakes. If any circuit is to test the power of the new 2014 engines too - this will be it. Sebastian Vettel is a three-time winner here, claiming his first F1 victory for Toro Rosso in 2008 and giving us the first sign of what was to come! He took the spoils once again last year. Fernando Alonso has won twice and Lewis Hamilton once.
Circuit length 5.793 km
Race distance 306.720 km
2014 winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)