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1967 Honda RA300 to run demonstration laps before Italian GP

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Nearly 50 years to the day after the Honda RA300 won the 1967 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, with the late John Surtees driving the car on its debut from ninth on the grid to win on September 10, the car will run demonstration laps in advance of this year’s Italian Grand Prix at Sunday at the same track.

The Honda will run at 12:10 p.m. local time with GP3 racer Nirei Fukuzumi driving. The car will also be displayed during the weekend, as Honda will set up a booth for a special exhibition which will include the RA300 in the exhibition area.

“It is our great pleasure to be able to run the same machine on the same circuit on the 50th anniversary year of our victory with the RA300,” said Masashi Yamamoto/General Manager of the Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“We hope that fans will enjoy the performance of this machine Honda created with strong passion to ‘win no matter what it takes’ and the Honda sound of this classic V12 engine. Also, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the FIA and FOM for their support and cooperation for this demonstration run.”

It marks the second historic car run before a race in as many weeks. Last weekend before the Belgian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher got to run father Michael’s Benetton B194 in an emotional moment.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.