There is no race more important than the other. Having said that, in sports, playing at home, has always a certain special kick to it. Even more so in Formula 1, where the whole Circus travels all over the world from March to November and the home race for the Scuderia is Monza, one of the Championship’s legendary circuits. The entire Scuderia Ferrari feels this Grand Prix in a very special way. A GP where the fans’ enthusiasm can be felt as soon as one gets close to the track’s gates and literally explodes on the grandstands, pushing every single member of our Team to give it one’s all.
You can bet on it, that even if Fernando starts from fourth and Felipe from sixth position into this 13th round of the Championship, the Team has worked extremely hard to reach this result, with continuous improvements during every single session.
Maybe someone who saw today’s qualifying from the grandstand feels a little bit disappointed, but the starting grid reflects the relative strength on the track. We don’t have the best possible single-seater in the field, which doesn’t mean that won’t give it our all tomorrow with everything we have available in a race, which will be a big attack.
What will the race be like? Fighting for the win will be extremely difficult, although we’ve had some nice surprises so far this season at almost every race. One of the key elements will be to choose the right moment to come in to the box to put on fresh tyres. Considering that the 150° Italia is softer on the tyres compared to its competitors, this could be an advantage in a race held over 53 laps – especially with high temperatures.
The goal of Fernando, Felipe and the entire Team at tomorrow’s Grand Prix is simple: reward the fans for their great enthusiasm with a good result.