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Ahead of Monza F1 Grand Prix 2021: Hot news you could miss

Everything seems to be ready for the Italian Grand Prix, which will run over 53 laps of the 5.793 kilometre race. Autodromo Nazionale is already meeting with our drivers to begin the celebration of speed on Monza F1. Since we finished the Dutch GP at Zandvoort, a lot of news has been thundering through the headlines. Sprint qualifying format, 2022 driver line-up, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Alex Albon’s back. Let’s reload our racing matrix to get the hot Formula 1 news everyone’s talking about!

Top F1 news before Monza F1 race starts

Robert Kubica gets a second chance in Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo

While the team has special feelings for the Italian Grand Prix and has prepared special colors for the race weekend, the Finnish hero will miss the race. Kimi Raikkonen tested positive before the Dutch GP and Robert Kubica replaces him. The 41-year-old driver feels good but his test is still positive. Kubica will get a second chance as main Alfa Romeo driver. It is very sad, because it is Kimi’s last season in Formula 1, week ago Raikkonen had announced his retirement after 2021.

Haas fell into a trap

What can stop Haas from resting a bit in the battle? Gunther Steiner mastered the intricacies with the drivers, development of the Haas car was halted and the team. Even Nikita Mazepin is keeping a low profile off the track! One says that the worst spoke in a cart breaks first and something does not work again. Nikita made a robust defense against Schumacher on the pit straight and the slight contact that damaged the German’s front wing could have been much worse.

Gunther Steiner tries to calm everyone down, but the situation is heating up, which increases the tensions within the team. Helmut Marko is probably laughing somewhere on the sidelines. Right, what if Haas were to be added the ability to work with drivers like Red Bull has!

George Russell
Happy George Russell, photo by F1 official

The line-ups fever of 2022

Immediately after the Dutch Grand Prix, the real surprise came from Formula 1 for drivers and fans! The real Finnish hero Kimi Raikkonen will retire after 2021. Valtteri Bottas, who defended the honor of the Mercedes team for five long years and now received a multi-year Alpha Romeo contract. There is another hot F1 news that even non-fans are talking about is that George Russell signs Mercedes. The young Briton finally gets a winning car and the coolest teammate – seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, hurrah! Only Alex Albon can be happier than George Russell. Albon left Formula One after an unsuccessful season with Red Bull. Alex returns and will sit next to Nicholas Latifi at Williams. By the way, Albon had to break off all partnerships with Red Bull but it seems that he was not sad about it at all.

F1 Sprint is back!

The new Formula 1 qualifying format started as an experiment at Silverstone at the British Grand Prix and made a lot of noise! Formula 1 fans from all over the world stared at it for 25 minutes full throttle. Formula 1 sprint qualifying experiment was a success. Monza F1 Grand Prix comes the second stage with a novelty. Taking into account the Italian Autodromo Nazionale features, it promises unpredictable results. In terms of the shortest time for the race here – 18 minutes, 30 laps – every team has a chance to finish in the top ten. If the British Grand Prix is anything to go by, all three days will be full of dramatic action.

F1 Monza 2021
Autodromo Nazionale Monza

F1 Monza Italian Grand Prix 2021 Schedule (local time)

FIA Formula 2Practice Session11:20 – 12:05
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
Practice Session12:30 – 13:15
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps (High Speed)13:25 – 13:55
Formula 1First Practice Session11:30 – 12:30
Formula 1Press Conference16:00 – 17:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session16:50 – 17:20
Formula 1Qualifying18:00 – 19:00
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:05 – 19:35
Formula 2First Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins)08:50 – 09:40
FIA Formula 2Press Conference10:00 – 10:30
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupQualifying Session10:25 – 10:55
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice11:05 – 11:25
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps (High Speed)11:05 – 11:25
FIA Formula 2Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins)14:45 – 15:35
FIA Formula 2Press Conference15:55 – 16:25
Formula 1Sprint (18 Laps or 30 Mins)16:30 – 17:00
Formula 1Sprint Victory Lap17:00 – 17:30
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference17:30 – 18:00
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupFirst Race (15 Laps or 30 mins)18:20 – 18:55
FIA Formula 2Third Race (30 Laps or 60 Mins)10:25 – 11.30
Formula 1Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps (High Speed)11:40 – 12:00
FIA Formula 2Press Conference11:55 – 12:25
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:20 – 13:50
Formula 1‘We Race As One’ Gesture14:43 – 14:44
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 – 14:46
Formula 1Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Mins)15:00 – 17:00
* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments, local time noted

The authorities have increased the number of participants for this weekend’s race to 50%.