Williams: 2008 Italian Grand Prix preview 

Written by David on September 11th, 2008 at 4:36 pmLast Update: September 11th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

AT&T WilliamsSam Michael: “Monza has the highest top speeds of all the circuits we visit, with the cars topping 350kph on the main straight every lap. With only four actual corners and two chicanes, high power, low drag and kerb riding ability are all key to success on the Italian circuit. Kerb riding is a fundamental set-up requirement at Monza because the speed the car comes off the kerbs heavily influences the speed all the way down the following straight. The aerodynamic package for this track is always unique, and this year is no exception. The FW30 will have a modified bodywork and specially developed front and rear wings. Everything has been thoroughly validated at the Monza test a fortnight ago. Race strategy will be one or two stop for all teams. The pit lane loss is quite high, simply because while a car is going slowly in the pitlane, a competitor out on track at racing speed is traveling faster in relative terms than might be the case at other tracks. Bridgestone will take the medium and hard tyre compounds as the tyre temperatures as the car comes off the high speed Parabolica can be extreme.”

Kazuki Nakajima: “I tested in Monza just before the race in Spa, but prior that, it was exactly a year since I had driven on the circuit. So the test was quite busy to me, I had to get used to the track as much as the car, because in the low downforce specification, it has very different characteristics. Anyway, the test reminded that Monza is very exciting, very fast and a very technical track. The tricky bit is the kerbing, you have to be brave and take a lot of kerb, but while this makes the track quite distinctive, I really feel Monza is a circuit that suits me.”

Nico Rosberg: “We had a good test in Monza two weeks ago, both in terms of evaluating new parts and defining set-up for the Grand Prix. I am looking forward to racing at the Autodromo, not only because it is the quickest circuit on the calendar, but also because it has so much history. Monza is really fun to drive because of the super fast start-finish straight, the tight braking events at the end of the lap and also the kerbs which you have to ride as much as you can. The faster corners are quite difficult to drive because we run such little downforce at Monza, but that doesn’t diminish the experience of driving at one of the best circuits we visit! To top the weekend off, the atmosphere, the people and the food in Italy are all great, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend!”

source: AT&T Williams

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