The Italian Grand Prix will take place once again this year on 1-3 September 2017 in Monza and will represent the thirteenth round of the 2017 Formula One season, as well as the eighty-seventh running of the Italian Grand Prix and the eighty-third time the race is held at Monza.
Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel enters the round with a seven-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers’ Championship, with Valtteri Bottas forty-one points behind in third. In the World Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes lead the Maranello team by thirty-nine points with Red Bull Racing in third.
1-3 September – How will the weather affect this year’s Italian Grand Prix?
The Monza circuit is the quickest circuit on the Grand Prix calendar, and has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since the inaugural season in 1950. A firm favourite with drivers and fans alike, the Italian Grand Prix is always an action packed and high-speed race. Different weather conditions can result in very different races, and Formula 1 teams adapt their strategy accordingly, for example using different tyres in wet conditions, and taking account of cross winds which can cause stability problems at high speeds.
By September each year, hot and dry conditions aren’t always guaranteed in certain European countries. the Italian Grand Prix at Monza traditionally enjoys late summer sunshine and reasonable temperatures, with only handful of wet weekends in recent decades. Just as well really – with Monza easily having the highest average speed of any Formula 1 circuit, the teams and drivers look to the Italian GP weather forecast with their fingers firmly crossed. And it seems that this year the race on Sunday will not be affected by rain. However, the weather forecast for Monza suggests that there is the possibility of rain on Friday, which could cause problems for the Formula 1 teams during the two free practice seasons.
2017 Italian Grand Prix timetable:
THURSDAY 31st AUGUST
Formula One – Press Conference – 15:00
Promoter Activity – Public Pit Lane Walk For 3 Day Ticket Holders Only – 16:00 – 18:00
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
Formula One – Practice 1 – 10:00 – 11:30
Formula One – Practice 2 – 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One – Press Conference – 16:00 – 17:00
SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
Formula One – F1 Directors’ Press Conference – 10:00
Formula One – Practice 3 – 11:00 – 12:00
Formula One – Qualifying – 14:00 – 15:00
SUNDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER
Formula One – Drivers’ Track Parade – 12:30
Formula One – Starting Grid Presentation – 13:00 – 13:15
Formula One – National Anthem – 13:46
Formula One – Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Mins) 14:00 – 16:00