Italian Grand Prix

Getty Images

F1 Paddock Pass: Italian Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

Leave a comment

A dominant Mercedes 1-2 from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas headlined Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, while Ferrari struggled and Mercedes-powered youngsters Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll held on to strong points finishes after starting in the top three.

These stories and more are recapped in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass.

Check out NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton’s latest in the below videos.

WATCH LIVE: Italian GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Formula 1’s final race of the European season, the Italian Grand Prix from the historic and stunning Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, runs this morning on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7 a.m. ET to kick off a busy day of motorsports, with IndyCar and NASCAR to follow.

F1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

Pre-race coverage runs for an hour from 7 a.m. ET through to 8 a.m. ET, with lights out at that point.

One of the more chaotic and random qualifying sessions in recent memory – and one which took more than three hours to complete with a rain delay – ended with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the pole position, a record 69th for his career.

While Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were second and third on the road during qualifying in their two Red Bulls, grid penalties for them and several others have rapidly jumbled the grid and dropped them down the order (the qualifying times were below).

It instead sets up an abnormal and fascinating situation where Lance Stroll in his Williams now moves up to the front row, with Esteban Ocon in his Force India moving up to third.

Valtteri Bottas will start fourth in the second Mercedes with the pair of Ferraris, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, rolling off from fifth and sixth, respectively.

Heading into today’s race, Vettel leads Hamilton just by seven points, 220 to 213.

If Hamilton wins, he’ll be the first driver with back-to-back victories this season ahead of Round 13.

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET. CLICK HERE for NBCSN live stream.

You can also try out a new ‘Mosaic View’ for the race that includes the race simulcast, in-car cameras, driver tracker and pit lane cam. CLICK HERE to watch the Mosaic View live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race from Monza.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

F1 Paddock Pass: Italian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Formula 1 heads to Monza this week for the second week of a back-to-back stretch, with the Italian Grand Prix serving as the finale to the European portion of the 2017 calendar.

Beyond cars on track at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, there’s plenty of action in the paddock for the latest pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass.

Here to check in with more is NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, who checks in from Monza with the latest from the F1 paddock at one of its most historic circuits.

The pre-race edition is below.

 

Italian Grand Prix set to cap European season this week on NBCSN

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Italian Grand Prix concludes Formula 1’s European season this weekend on NBCSN, as the second leg of a back-to-back trip for the series after last week’s Belgian Grand Prix.

NBCSN will feature live coverage for free practice two, qualifying and the race this weekend at the traditional European race time slots of 8 a.m. ET both Friday and Saturday for practice and qualifying, and a full hour of pre-race coverage Sunday for the race.

Usual free practice one and three coverage airs live exclusively on the NBC Sports App, which streams all sessions.

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is the spiritual home of F1, and the official home for Ferrari’s fan base – the tifosi – where nothing less than victory will do.

Ferrari has won the Italian Grand Prix 19 times, but hasn’t won there since 2010 when Fernando Alonso did so in his first year with the team. That’s been Ferrari’s lone win in the last decade at Monza since Michael Schumacher’s emotional, memorable 2006 win when he announced his first retirement from the sport the same weekend.

Sebastian Vettel’s won at Monza three times, in 2008 with Toro Rosso in both his and the team’s first career victory, then with Red Bull in 2011 and 2013. With Ferrari, Vettel finished second in 2015 and third last year.

Mercedes has won the last three races at Monza with Nico Rosberg winning last year and Lewis Hamilton winning in 2014 and 2015. Hamilton also has a 2012 Monza win with McLaren on his resume.

A pole for Hamilton this weekend would be his 69th in his career, and set the all-time mark, breaking a tie with Schumacher.

A win for Hamilton would see him become the first driver to win back-to-back races in the 13th round of the season and would, at worse, see him move into a tie with Vettel for the championship lead. Vettel leads Hamilton by seven points, 220-213, the same gap as the difference between first and second in a single race (25 to 18 points).

Alonso, twice a winner at Monza as he also won in 2007 with McLaren, is the only other active Italian Grand Prix winner in the field. Kimi Raikkonen has never won at Monza for Ferrari.

Here’s the schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

  • Practice 1: Friday, Sept. 1, 4 a.m.-5:30 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
  • Practice 2: Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
  • Practice 2 (Replay): Saturday, Sept. 2, 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, Sept. 2, 5 a.m.-6 a.m. ET (Watch replay)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, Sept. 2, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (Watch replay)
  • Qualifying (Replay): Sunday, Sept. 3, 1:30 a.m.-3 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, Sept. 3, 7 a.m.-8 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race: Sunday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. ET (Full storyWatch replay)
  • Post-Race: Sunday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Formula 2: Sunday, Sept. 3, 6 a.m.-7 a.m. ET (Watch replay)

The next race is the Singapore Grand Prix, on September 17.

1967 Honda RA300 to run demonstration laps before Italian GP

Photo: Honda Racing F1
2 Comments

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.