As the European season nears to a close, Formula 2 accompanies Formula 1 for the last time on European soil and with two other rounds to go, both title battles are nearing their conclusion.

The Circuit

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Monza, Italy Circuit Length 5.793 km / 3.600 mi

‘The Temple of Speed’ is one of the oldest surviving venues on the calendar. It is not only home to Italian motoracing but the fastest circuit on the calendar. The 5.8 kilometer circuit has three long straights that are only separated by two chicanes to make for an average speed of 228 K/H.

The long main straight is strung together with 11 corners: 4 left and 7 right. Seven of those corners make up for the three chicanes at Turns 1-2, Turns 4-5 and Turns 8-9-10. The first two chicanes are the two best chances for overtaking while the tricky Turn 11 ‘Parabolica’ is another chance which despite not being as fearsome as it used to be with the gravel trap shaved trackside it is still important for overtaking or setting your car up for the long full throttle of the main straight.

Pierre Gasly, PREMA Racing - 2016 GP2 Series Monza

Monza’s long straights and tight chicanes encourage overtaking – some moves are more successful than other… (FIA F2)

The Event

2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Italy (01-03 September 2017)
Free Practice Session 1 Fri 11:55-12:40 Qualifying Fri 16:20-16:50
Feature Race (30 laps) Sat 16:00-17:15 Sprint Race (21 laps) Sun 10:15-11:15
Pirelli Tyre Compounds Pirelli Soft 2016 Pole Winner Pierre Gasly
2016 Feature Race Winner Antonio Giovinazzi 2016 Sprint Race Winner Norman Nato

Session times quoted in Central European Summer Time (GMT + 02:00)

Rewind to 2016

Last year’s feature race was won by local hero Antonio Giovinazzi from the last row on the grid. The series runner-up made an inspired drive as he benefited from a pit-window safety car, which was deployed after a horrific crash between Sergio Canamasas and Arthur Pic.

More impressively, Giovinazzi also climbed the podium on the next day as he took P3 behind team mate Pierre Gasly and Norman Nato.

The Form Guide & Talking Points

Charles Leclerc enters yet another round as the favorite in all days. He enters this round with a 59-point lead over his nearest competitor, Oliver Rowland. However, with only two other events still to be run, and given his recent run of post-race mishaps, he and PREMA need to get even more focused if he wants to clinch the title early to allow PREMA to pour more focus on the underwhelming Fuoco if they want a half-a-chance at the ever-tightening teams title come Abu Dhabi.

Sean Gelael will be entered by Toro Rosso in free practice sessions for four upcoming rounds this year and he will be going into Monza intoxicated by the news. Italy will not be one of those rounds and the Indonesian youngster will want to make a spark this weekend to show he does deserve the place coveted by more under-privileged talent in the Red Bull Young Driver program.

Dallara introduced their new Formula 2 chassis for 2018 on Thursday featuring the Halo device and this will be a major talking point in all the paddock and not just the F2 corners.

Images via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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Ahmad Shallouf

Contributing Writer at MotorsportM8