10 things we learned from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix

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10 things we learned from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix
10 things we learned from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix

Following on from a tepid Spa weekend Formula 1 was shocked into life by a dramatic Italian Grand Prix which produced a surprise winner, an unusual podium and some pivotal moments in the 2020 title race. LUKE SMITH outlines the top talking points

You will be hard-pressed to find as shocking a result in Formula 1 since the turn of the millennium than the one offered in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Pierre Gasly became the 109th grand prix winner in F1 world championship history with a stunning victory at Monza, coming completely out of the blue.

It was a race turned on its head by a safety car, a red flag and a penalty for Lewis Hamilton, who looked bound for a comfortable victory early on before a rare slip-up by Mercedes left him last by nearly 30

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Wolff: F1 qualifying mode ban may help Mercedes in races – F1

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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff sees the upcoming ban on qualifying modes as a challenge – and he believes that it will potentially give the team more performance in races.

The FIA wrote to the teams last week informing them of a plan to allow only one mode for qualifying and the race, with details set to be confirmed by a technical directive before the Belgian GP.

The change has been framed by the FIA as an attempt to help its technical staff a better chance of ensuring compliance with the regulations.

It has also been labelled as an attempt to rein in Mercedes, the manufacturer that has traditionally made the biggest performance gains when it matters in qualifying.

“I think the primary goal of the FIA was to implement the rule to better understand and better analyse what is going on with the engines,” said Wolff.

“It’s a

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Dixon ‘should have been more aggressive’ with Sato in Indy 500 – IndyCar

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Scott Dixon says he should have been “more aggressive” with IndyCar rival Takuma Sato for victory in the Indianapolis 500, having spent the latter stages on a lean fuel mix.

Sato passed Dixon after the final round of pitstops, holding his position at the head of the field as Dixon cautiously probed around Sato for a way back in front.

But although Sato was resolute in defence, Dixon was also managing fuel mileage to make it until the end of the race.

Spencer Pigot then crashed with five laps to go, hitting the pit-in attenuator at high speed to bring out a caution and neutralise the race, with Sato taking his second Indy 500 victory.

Five-time IndyCar champion Dixon said after the race that he “can’t see” how Sato would not run out of fuel at the pace he was running in the lead had the race stayed green.

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Gasly “ready” for Red Bull return after maiden F1 win at Italian GP – F1

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AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly feels he is “ready” to return to Red Bull Racing should the team wish to recall him following his shock win at the Italian Grand Prix.

Gasly scored the first victory of his Formula 1 career at Monza on Sunday after capitalising on a red flag stoppage and a penalty for Lewis Hamilton, before fending off Carlos Sainz Jr. in the closing stages.

The win came just 13 months after Red Bull demoted Gasly back to Toro Rosso following a difficult 12-race spell at the start of the 2019 season, and marks Gasly’s second podium finish after his second-place finish behind Max Verstappen at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The result also comes amid ongoing struggles for Gasly’s Red Bull replacement, Alexander Albon, so far this season. Gasly sits just five points behind Albon, who finished 15th at Monza, in the drivers’ standings.

Red Bull has repeatedly

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Audi names nine former Nurburgring 24 Hours winners in line-up – GT

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Audi has named nine former winners of the Nurburgring 24 Hours across its three-car factory assault on this year’s German enduro in September.

The nine are part of a 12-strong line-up in the trio of R8 LMS GT3s entered under the Audi Sport banner by the same three teams that represented the German manufacturer in the 2019 edition of the race.

Three of the four drivers on the crew of the winning Phoenix Audi in 2019 will rejoin the team for this year’s event on 26-27 September.

Two-time winners Frank Stippler, Dries Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch will be joined by Audi DTM regular Nico Muller, who triumphed at the Nurburgring in 2015.

Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase, who have won the race three and two times respectively, will race for the Car Collection Motorsport squad with which they finished third last year.

They will share with DTM driver Robin Frijns,

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Garcia “fortunate” to finish IMSA Virginia round with diffuser damage – IMSA SportsCar

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Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia admits he was fortunate to finish Saturday’s IMSA Sportscar Championship race at Virginia, as he believed a diffuser problem was a tyre “blowing up”.

Garcia had just inherited the lead of the race when the #911 Porsche of Nick Tandy cut a tyre with 18 minutes remaining, when his car began to vibrate.

He too thought he had a puncture, but it was the diffuser at the rear of his C8.R that had worked loose and was flapping at high speed.

“It just went,” said Garcia of the issue. “It was literally when I was watching the #911 go into the pitlane.

“At the same time, I had a massive vibration and I thought I had a tyre blowing up.

“It was scary because it would have been a full lap back to the pits.

“Then I realised it was speed-related and wasn’t bad all the

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MotoGP Styria: Oliveira takes shock maiden win with last-corner move – MotoGP

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Miguel Oliveira took a shock maiden MotoGP victory on the last corner of a red-flagged Styrian Grand Prix after Jack Miller and Pol Espargaro ran wide on the final lap.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir grabbed the holeshot for the first start, though had to relinquish his lead to Pramac’s Jack Miller for running off at Turn 1 and gaining an advantage.

Mir was then demoted by Takaaki Nakagami on lap four, though the Suzuki soon rallied and by the end of the tour was once again in the lead.

He was able to open up a lead of over two seconds by the end of lap 16 before the red flag brought the race to a halt after Maverick Vinales suffered a scary crash at Turn 1.

Having seemingly been battling brake issues all race, Vinales was forced to jump off his Yamaha at 130mph when it wouldn’t slow, with the

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Eng “100% interested” in BMW Andretti Formula E spot – Formula E

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DTM driver Philipp Eng says he is “100% interested” and “wishing” for the BMW Andretti seat in Formula E, now vacant after Alexander Sims signed for Mahindra Racing.

Although Sims will continue his association with the German manufacturer as a GT driver, he left BMW’s FE squad after two seasons in which he scored three pole positions and a race win.

With two-time E-Prix victor Maximilian Guenther extending his deal at the team for the 2020-21 term, Austrian racer Eng – who drives for BMW Team RBM in the DTM – has emerged as a favourite for the seat after his recent test in the iFE.20 car.

When asked by Autosport if he was interested in an all-electric move, Eng said: “Yes, 100%.

“It’s a great championship with many, many great drivers in there.

“I was obviously following Formula E anyway because BMW is heavily involved, and they had a

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Frijns: Maiden DTM win a “relief” after years of “frustrating” team orders – DTM

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Robin Frijns was relieved to score his maiden DTM win at his home round at Assen, having felt “frustrating” Audi team orders in the past had masked his true potential.

Frijns qualified on the front row for the first of the two Dutch races on Saturday, and overhauled polesitter Loic Duval after the pitstops to secure his first victory since joining the category in 2018.

The Dutch driver has been one of the star performers of the 2020 season so far, scoring four pole positions and six podium finishes, including his victory, in the opening eight races of the season.

Frijns’ upturn in performance has coincided with a ban on team orders in 2020, allowing all drivers within both the Audi and BMW stables to challenge for victories without the threat of being asked to concede positions to aid their employers’ title bids.

Asked by Autosport if the Assen victory

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Hamilton: Gasly winning F1 Italian GP has “got to hurt” Red Bull – F1

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Lewis Hamilton says Pierre Gasly’s Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix victory has “got to hurt” Red Bull following his demotion from the team last year.

Gasly scored a shock maiden grand prix victory at Monza on Sunday after capitalising on a red flag stoppage and a penalty for Hamilton to move to the front of the order.

The AlphaTauri driver faced late pressure from McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr, but held on to win the race by 0.4 seconds.

It marked the latest major landmark in Gasly’s career since he returned to the Faenza-based F1 operation following a 12-race stint with Red Bull’s senior team in 2019.

Gasly scored his first F1 podium for Toro Rosso in Brazil last year ahead of its rebranding, and sits just five points behind his Red Bull replacement, Alexander Albon, in the drivers’ standings.

Six-time world champion Hamilton was quick to congratulate Gasly on his

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