Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have dominated the Formula One circuit this season, and they are expected to continue their winning ways in the Italian Grand Prix Prix as well. However, other top drivers in the fray such as Sebastian Vettel will be eager to stop their dominance. How quick the cars are for this weekend will be known when the practice sessions start on Friday.
But the question remains can any of the drivers stop Hamilton from taking the drivers' title this season?
Hamilton, who won the Italian Grand Prix last season, is leading the pack with 227 points, with teammate Rosberg having accumulated 199 points, which has also helped their team take a commanding lead in the constructors' championship.
Mercedes stand at the top of the constructors' championship with 426 points, while Ferrari, the second placed team, only have 242 points. The differences between the two teams are alarming. If the Ferrari drivers, Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, are to come any close to Mercedes, they need to come out all guns blazing in the remaining eight races of the season.
The Italian Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Vettel, who has won three races at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit, twice with Red Bull and once for Toro Rosso. Winning the race with Torro Rosso was one of the major surprises of the 2008 season for Vettel.
With Rosberg and Hamilton huge favourites, it will be a big surprise if Vettel wins his fourth Italian Grand Prix.
"Obviously it was a miracle that was happening in 2008 so only positive memories of the whole weekend really. But yeah, some years later, obviously another highlight and I'm looking forward to it and obviously can't promise anything but for sure I can promise that we will give our maximum, trying to have a very, very successful home race," said Vettel.
F1 fans at Monza in Italy are going to be pleased if the Ferrari drivers turns up the heat and challenges the Mercedes. F1 drivers loves racing at Monza, for the atmosphere that the knowledgeable fans generate during the races are second to none.
Vettel feels the track at Monza is also quite technical for the drivers.
"If you look on paper, it looks like a simple track with low downforce but still it's also very technical so for us drivers it feels that the car is moving a lot, it feels very light under braking so it's still a big challenge around here. You need to get the braking points right etc so it's not that straightforward and obviously I'm sure that people expect a lot from us, but I think the one thing that we can promise now is that we will give everything we have," added Vettel.
Though the focus on the race may primarily lie on the big two teams -- Ferrrai and Mercedes – others such as Williams and Red Bull will also try to challenge for a finish in the podium if the top teams hit the wrong gear.
Where to Watch Live
First Friday Practice Session: 10:00 am local time, 1:30 pm IST, 9:00 am BST
Second Friday Practice Session: 2:00 pm local time, 5:30 pm IST, 1pm BST
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 10:00 am local time, 1:30 pm IST, 9:00 am BST
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