Monza, the word alone evokes a mix of speed, heroics, a passionate crowd and a whiff of tradition. For anyone who likes motorsport, a trip to the fastest track of the year is always special, especially if you are involved in the world of Italian motor racing. This weekend also marks the final European round on the calendar, for Formula 1 as well as Formula 2 and Formula 3, who are about to take to the track after what was a difficult weekend in Spa-Francorchamps for all drivers, including those from the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA).
Formula 3. This is the seventh of eight rounds for Formula 3 and the drivers in the hunt for the title will be giving it their all in this final closely contested dash. Robert Shwartzman leads the championship, having picked up a few points more than his rival last weekend in Spa, but there is still everything to play for. The Russian FDA student has 152 points, 23 more than team-mate Jehan Daruvala, while Marcus Armstrong, fourth at the moment, trails Yuri Vips by three points, third on 122. With 48 points up for grabs every weekend, no one can afford to relax at the front of the field, while those further down the order will be looking to end the year on a high.
Special track. Monza is bound to produce the usual close racing, with the ability to slipstream the cars ahead often proving crucial. Shwartzman is back at the track where he won in 2017 in Formula Renault, the same year Armstrong took the title here in the Italian Formula 4 championship. Clearly they are both familiar with the 5.793 km track, but the weather could interfere with plans as there’s a chance of rain on Friday at the time of Formula 3 qualifying.
Formula 2. The tragic events of last weekend had a particular impact on the Formula 2 paddock, which is a closely knit community. The death of Anthoine Hubert following the accident on the second lap of the first race at Spa-Francorchamps had a profound effect on the drivers and everyone working in the series, which is why, everyone agreed to cancel the second Formula 2 race of the Belgian weekend.
#RacingForAnthoine. One week later, the championship now resumes in Monza, for the ninth of eleven rounds. Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott, Giuliano Alesi and the rest of the drivers will do their best to honour their departed friend, on a weekend when emotions will run high. Both Schumacher and Ilott were on the podium here in 2017, with the Englishman winning the European Formula 3 race, on the same weekend that the German took his first podium in the category. Alesi also has history in Monza, having finished second in the GP3 race last year. All encouraging signs for the coming very special weekend.