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It's time for our home Grand Prix, on the historic circuit on the outskirts of Milan, where in 2008, we scored our first Formula 1 win, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. This year we will of course be trying our hardest on the 5.7 kilometres of Monza which is known for placing heavy demands on the power unit and the braking system. In fact, over a lap of Monza, a driver has his foot flat on the throttle for around 70% of the time. The cars run with very low aero downforce, to favour top speed on the straights. But it's not just a question of outright speed: the aero package also needs to be efficient, while generating as much as vertical downforce as possible to glue the car to the track through the handful of corners this circuit has to offer.
For the Italian Grand Prix, Pirelli has nominated the White Medium, Yellow Soft and Red Supersoft compounds. Our drivers, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, have gone for the same choices, namely 2 sets of mediums, 4 of soft and 7 of supersoft. While waiting for the weekend to get underway, Carlos will take you on a lap of the track with corners whose names are well known to all racing fans: the first Variante, the Curva Grande, the Roggia chicane, the two Lesmos, the Variante Ascari and the legendary Parabolica. See you there?