Wolff: you don’t have to be a Ferrari fan to appreciate the tifosi

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff Previews the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, round 14 of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Toto Talks Italy:
From a performance perspective, our weekend in Spa gave us plenty to work on. We were out-qualified and, while our race pace looked promising, we didn’t manage to take the win. However, given our performance in Belgium last year, it felt like we had also made a step forward. We don’t have the fastest car in a straight line this year but we made some progress with regards to the slow-speed corners and the way our car handles the tyres. So there are positives to take away from Spa as well.

We don’t expect the Italian Grand Prix to be an easy weekend. Monza is ‘the’ power circuit in F1, that rewards high power and low drag. While we have had the fastest overall package on the grid this season, it’s not ideal for a track where straight line speed is a key performance differentiator. However, we’ve also seen that the Ferraris look mighty at high-speed tracks on Saturdays, but don’t look quite as strong on Sundays – and that’s when the points are won. We will not be favourites in Italy, but we will do everything we can to take the fight to the red team this weekend.

Monza is a very special event thanks to the historic track and the fantastic atmosphere; you don’t have to be a Ferrari fan to appreciate the great passion of the tifosi. They might be rooting for a different team but ultimately they feel the same love for racing that drives us all. We look forward to an interesting weekend in Italy to mark the end of this year’s European season.

2019 Italian Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 (Friday) 11:00-12:30 10:00-11:30 11:00-12:30
Practice 2 (Friday) 15:00-16:30 14:00-15:30 15:00-16:30
Practice 3 (Saturday) 12:00-13:00 11:00-12:00 12:00-13:00
Qualifying (Saturday) 15:00-16:00 14:00-15:00 15:00-16:00
Race (Sunday) 15:10-17:10 14:10-16:10 15:10-17:10

Race Records – Mercedes F1 at the Italian Grand Prix

  Starts Wins Podium Places Poles Front Row Fastest Laps DNF
Mercedes 11 7 12 6 10 6 4
Hamilton 12 5 7 6 8 5 1
Bottas 6 0 2 0 0 0 0
MB Power 27 12 28 12 23 14 24

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

  Laps Completed Distance Covered (km) Corners Taken Gear Changes PETRONAS Fuel Injections
Mercedes 5,592 27,461 89,227 261,364 223,680,000
Hamilton 2,676 13,139 42,786 125,351 107,040,000
Bottas 2,691 13,201 42,938 125,015 107,640,000
MB Power 14,919 73,479 237,473 696,290 596,760,000

Mercedes-Benz in Formula One

  Starts Wins Podium Places Poles Front Row Fastest Laps 1-2 Wins Front Row Lockouts
Mercedes (All Time) 202 97 200 109 196 70 51 64
Mercedes (Since 2010) 190 88 183 101 176 61 46 62
Hamilton 242 81 145 87 141 43 N/A N/A
Bottas 131 5 40 10 25 12 N/A N/A
MB Power 472 183 468 192 376 165 82 101