And welcome to our coverage for qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The season, especially in qualifying, the way of thing has been a Mercedes process, almost without exception. I hate to disappoint you, but that is probably going to be the order of the day today, too. However, there are at least a few points of intrigue.
The first is that the use of qualifying “party modes” has been outlawed. Mercedes were the best at allowing their cars to run in a higher power setting in qualifying, so the hope is that it will temper how far they are ahead of the rest of the field. Again, I do not think it will make much of a difference, but it will be interesting to see if it does and also how it affects the rest of the teams who had these engine modes of their own.
Another is that there is likely to be some kind of almighty accident with cars backing up towards the end of the lap, blocking other cars coming through and generally being slightly idiotic in their ways. A prime example can be shown below, when Lewis Hamilton had to take to the grass — at 200mph, no less — approaching the final Parabolic corner, as the rest of the other cars pootled around, jostling for position. See below for a video of how hairy it was.