Lewis Hamilton crossed the line at Spa-Francorchamps to take third place, with Rosberg following close behind in fourth. The German feels that he can score another good result around the Monza circuit, admitting that it is “fantastic” to go into the race weekend with a quick car.
Speaking in a team statement about the weekend ahead he said: “To go to Monza with the feeling that we have a quick car is fantastic and I hope we will achieve another strong team result as we did in Belgium. We have to keep pushing now and I know everyone is working really hard at the factories to do just that.”
The race is one of his highlights of the season and he can’t wait to drive the track once again: “Monza is always one of my favourite races and I love driving the track with its unique high-speed and low-downforce layout. The last European race of the season always has a special atmosphere and the Italian fans are so passionate about Formula One. It’s really cool for me that I speak Italian and can communicate easily with the fans in and around the circuit.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton is similarly excited for the race weekend. Describing the track and race weekend he said: “Monza is a truly amazing circuit and it’s a great feeling to drive at our top speeds of the year there. The layout and atmosphere of Monza are very special and it really feels like you are going back to Formula One’s roots when you race there. The car has a completely different aerodynamic package to anywhere else on the calendar with really low downforce to make the most of the four long straights.”
Hamilton won the race last year and is hopeful of another strong race weekend after his podium in Belgium: “My win in Italy last year was the first of my career at this circuit and it was a great feeling. We had a strong weekend in Belgium with a good team result and that’s what we need to keeping doing in the second half of the season.”
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