Lance Stroll picked up where he left off in Saturday's F1 Sprint, climbing through the order to finish the 2021 Italian Grand Prix in seventh to score crucial points for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team. Sebastian's race was heavily impacted by repeated collisions caused by rivals' errors, meaning he could only finish 12th at Monza.
Finishing P7 is a good result and a great job by the team.
"Finishing P7 is a good result and a great job by the team. It was a case of pushing the entire race because the field was pretty close throughout. We managed to find a good spot with the car. While we were not quite as quick as some of the others on the straights, we were strong in the corners, and we were able to make that work for us. I think seventh was the maximum we could have achieved today considering our race pace. After three races in a row, it is nice to have a bit of a break before we head to Russia and I am looking forward to getting back in the car there."
It was not our day today. My race was done on the first lap.
"It was not our day today. My race was done on the first lap. I made a good start and managed to avoid the bottleneck through the first chicane, but I was pushed wide at Turn Six and lost a lot of places, which was made worse by drivers cutting the chicane at Turns Four and Five before. The car was then damaged too, so it was impossible to really recover. We then pitted just before the Safety Car, which was also unlucky. It gave us hope that we could perhaps close up on the cars ahead, but there was just too much ground to make up. Esteban [Ocon] and Mick [Schumacher] also made contact with me, which did not help. I enjoyed a good battle with Robert [Kubica] towards the end and we did all we could today. I also want to say congratulations to Daniel [Ricciardo] for winning the race today."
Lance drove a superb race to seventh place today, earning us an important six points.
"Lance drove a superb race to seventh place today, earning us an important six world championship points. As for Sebastian, he had an incident-packed afternoon, including a bit of contact with Lance on lap one, and was badly chopped by [Esteban] Ocon later on. The accident damage took its toll towards the end of the race, which made it more difficult to fight and overtake. Next we go to Sochi, where we fully intend to add useful points to our world championship tally."
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Guide to Monza
Monza requires as little drag as possible to maximise every metre of the long straights and high-speed bends. This makes the car feel light and tricky to drive, especially in corners such as the long, flowing Parabolica. Monza is usually a one-stop race, but it can always throw up a surprise. Analysing recent car performance and historic data, our official Cyber Security Partner SentinelOne presents the key challenges in a single lap of the track.
Cognizant's Keys to the Race
The Italian Grand Prix has traditionally played out as a one-stop race thanks to a pitstop costing around 25 seconds to complete, compounded by the high-speed lap times on track. In 2020, the strategy was upended by both a Safety Car and a red flag, helping Lance to secure a podium, underlining how interruptions can decide a race. Tyre allocation for Monza is the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for the seventh time this year.
While 2020 featured just 25 overtakes, it was largely due to the disrupted race. In 2019 and 2018, it was far more representative with 39 and 41 respectively. Interestingly, just 56% of overtakes in the last three years used DRS. Key overtaking spots are the long run to Turn One and under hard braking at Turn Four.
The run to Turn One can be make or break. It's a 610m sprint from pole to Turn One, the third-longest of the year. With a tight chicane immediately following, there's a significant opportunity to gain places, but a bold and risky overtake can also bite back.
Clearing speeds of over 300km/h and featuring only 11 corners, you could be forgiven for believing Monza is only about top speed. Dig a little deeper, and the track's challenge comes to life. From tricky-to-master chicanes to the flashpoint of Turn One, drivers must balance risk versus reward at some of the highest speeds of the year. Our official Cyber Security Partner SentinelOne presents the key challenges behind a lap of Monza.
Unlocking the Lap
In qualifying, it's not unusual to see drivers backing up on the entry to the Parabolica because a bad exit can ruin a lap before it's even truly begun.
Drivers will exit the corner at high speed, crossing the start line at speeds of over 300km/h for one of the longest straights on the calendar.
With the benefit of DRS, drivers will nudge above 340km/h in eighth gear as they prepare to slam on the brakes for the first chicane: Variante del Rettifilo.
Dropping to second gear, and roughly 80km/h, it's a quickfire right-left turn where first-lap accidents usually occur – and someone going in too hot will take to the escape road on the left.
A good exit out of Turn Two sets up the flat-out and gradual bend of Turn Three that leads to the following corner. Slipstreaming and overtaking is common in this section as drivers get back above the 300km/h limit ahead of Turn Four: Variante della Roggia.
Drivers move to the outside and brake at around the 100m board for a mid-speed chicane, entered at around 120km/h in third gear, again there's an escape road, this time to the right, for those who overcook it.
Unlocking the Lap
On the outside of the corner lies an aggressive kerb that is best avoided because it can easily damage the floor.
The best line is to clip the inside of the kerb at Turn Five while avoiding the bump ahead of the Lesmos. While it’s a sharp right-hand corner, it’s still taken in fifth at 190km/h, following a dab of the brakes.
Drivers move slightly left on the exit and make the most of all available track, running across the outside kerb, ahead of the second Lesmo that quickly follows, which is taken in the same way as the first Lesmos.
The exit here is crucial because it’s another long straight ahead; with the benefit of DRS. The run to Ascari is also likely to be one of the last chances to make an overtake ahead of the final sector.
Ascari is a high-speed ess bend, where drivers clip the inside kerb on entry at 180km/h, shifting right and using the kerb, lifting slightly for Turn 10. It’s very, very quick.
Drivers move to the outside to position themselves for the exit, braking slightly and maintaining a high average speed, clearing the left-right-left at over 225km/h.
Parabolica is approached at over 300km/h for the final corner of the lap. Again, braking at around the 100m mark, drivers switch from the outside on approach to the inside line of the corner, navigating at 225km/h.
The key is to unwind the steering wheel through the second half of the corner and to exit back on the main straight at over 275km/h, making sure not to run wide and lose the lap time, before powering back across the finish line.
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