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10 things we learned from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix

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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10 things we learned from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix – F1

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 seconds.

It was a day where young drivers starred and

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MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch & more – MotoGP

MotoGP has set up camp at the Red Bull Ring for a double-header starting this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Marc Marquez remains out of action after his second surgery to fix the plate in his broken right arm, with Honda test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in again, but the team hasn’t ruled out the reigning champion returning for the second Red Bull Ring race.

KTM’s Pol Espargaro topped the combined Friday practice timesheet, after FP2 was held in mixed conditions due to a brief rain downpour, to maintain the Austrian brand’s strong form fresh from Brad Binder securing his and the team’s maiden MotoGP race win last time out in the Czech Republic.

Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed a stronger start to his Austrian GP weekend in second place after a nightmare at Brno, but his Ducati future continues to dominate the headlines, with the

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MotoGP start time: What time does the Styrian Grand Prix start today? – MotoGP

Pol Espargaro has secured both his and KTM’s maiden MotoGP pole position in a dramatic qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

With the Red Bull Ring hosting the second leg of its double-header, polesitter Espargaro will be hoping to secure his first MotoGP win having seen rookie team-mate Brad Binder achieve the feat two weeks ago at the Czech GP with a stunning performance.

Takaaki Nakagami, who missed out on his own maiden MotoGP pole position by just 0.022s after having a lap time deleted late on for exceeding track limits, starts from second place for LCR Honda while Johann Zarco ended qualifying in third – but he will start the race from the pitlane due to his penalty for his part in the scary crash involving Franco Morbidelli in the Austrian GP.

With Zarco relegated from the starting grid, Suzuki’s

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2020 MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix session timings and preview – MotoGP

After a brief pause for breath, the reshuffled 2020 MotoGP season resumes with the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has already been ruled out of action for Repsol Honda having undergone a second surgery on his broken right arm, which sees HRC test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in.

But the fight at the front remains just as competitive, with Jerez double winner Fabio Quartararo looking to make history by becoming the first Yamaha rider to win the opening three races of a season since Kenny Roberts in 1980.

Quartararo is likely to face stiff competition from fellow Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli, but concerns over Yamaha’s engine reliability remain after suffering failures across the two Jerez races.

Ducati will be looking to strike back in Brno, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming victory at the Czech Republic track in

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F1 start time: What time does the Spanish Grand Prix start? – F1

Lewis Hamilton starts on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

The F1 champion secured his 92nd career pole position by beating Bottas by just 0.059 seconds.

Mercedes is looking to strike back after losing its 100% winning start to the reshuffled 2020 F1 season at the 70th Anniversary GP when Max Verstappen clinched victory through superior tyre management and strategy.

But Verstappen and Red Bull opted against the contra strategy for the Spanish GP, qualifying on the same tyre as the rest of the top 10, with the Dutch driver taking third place on the grid.

Sergio Perez is back in action for Racing Point after missing the two Silverstone races due to testing positive for COVID-19, and has eyes on the podium after qualifying in fourth place directly ahead of team-mate

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2020 F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix session timings and preview – F1

Formula 1 doesn’t miss a beat as the paddock stays put at Silverstone for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Following the dramatic finish to the British GP which saw Lewis Hamilton claim victory on three wheels after a tyre puncture, the second leg of the Silverstone double-header takes place this weekend.

Valtteri Bottas will be eager to claw back lost ground in the F1 world championship standings having suffered his own tyre puncture with four laps to go, and after pitting finishing down in 11th place having been in second behind Hamilton before disaster struck.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull will also be looking to take advantage of any mistakes having unluckily missed the opportunity to do so during the final lap of the British GP, while team-mate Alex Albon will be aiming for a quick recovery having suffered a heavy crash in FP2, a Q2 exit in qualifying and

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2020 F1 Belgian Grand Prix session timings and preview – F1

After a short breather the frantic Formula 1 action resumes with a latest triple-header, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix.

In what would have been the race when the paddock returns from its summer holidays, the reshuffled 2020 F1 calendar has given teams and drivers just one week off following the Spanish GP which saw a dominant victory by Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton leads the F1 drivers’ standings by 37 points from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Valtteri Bottas a further six points back in third.

The Belgian GP will mark the first time the paddock has reconvened since it was confirmed all 10 teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement covering the championship from 2021 to 2025.

Williams also heads into its own new era having announced its F1 team has been sold to American private investment firm Dorilton Capital last Friday.

The remainder of the 2020 F1 calendar has

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Cancelled US Grand Prix had record F1 ticket sales before COVID-19 hit – F1

Ticket sales for the 2020 Formula 1 US GP were significantly up prior to the coronavirus pandemic that forced its cancellation, Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein has revealed.

Formula 1 finally confirmed today that there will be no races in the Americas this year, with the US, Canadian, Brazilian and Mexican events all officially cancelled.

It follows the decision by MotoGP promoter Dorna Sport earlier this month to cancel its Americas Grand Prix, which was scheduled for November.

Texas has been hit particularly hard by the virus in recent weeks, and in addition there were commercial issues, with the cost of freight proving prohibitively high should Austin have ended up as a standalone race.

COTA noted in a statement today that initial ticket sales for 2020 had been up by 250%, but Epstein said it was looking even better than that before the virus struck.

“That number is

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MotoGP makes yellow flag rules change for Andalusian Grand Prix – MotoGP

MotoGP has made a change to its yellow flag rules ahead of this weekend’s Andalusian Grand Prix following last week’s Spanish GP.

In FP3 on Saturday morning, Marc Marquez had a run-in with Alex Rins in the closing stages at Turn 3 and 4 after the Honda rider lifted off on the racing line while Rins was on a flying lap.

The incident was investigated, but Marquez was cleared of any wrongdoing as he was reacting to yellow flags in the sector for Iker Lecuona’s crash at Turn 2.

In qualifying, several riders – including poleman Fabio Quartararo – improved on their laptimes right at the end of the session despite crashes for Jack Miller and Rins at the fast Turn 11 right-hander.

This prompted a discussion over yellow flags to emerge again, with Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli confirming a meeting was held on Thursday where it was decided that

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