Thousands of Ferrari fans will be making the annual pilgrimage to Monza this weekend as the titanic championship battle continues at the 2014 Italian Grand Prix, live on BBC One and Sky Sports F1.
Whilst its unlikely that the always adoring but somewhat impatient ‘tifosi’ will celebrating a Ferrari win on Sunday, with the team having endured another barren season, expect the fireworks to be provided on track by the Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as their titanic championship battle continues.
Monza is Formula 1’s premier speed circuit, truly the last of its kind, with its iconic flat-out blast through parkland that sees cars, configured with low downforce settings, reach their highest speeds of the year.
The Italian Grand Prix is one of only two ever-present races on the Formula 1 calendar, the other being the British Grand Prix, with this weekend’s sees its the race’s 65th running, of which all but one have been staged at the famous Monza circuit.
Its fearsome reputation as Formula 1’s fastest track is likely to be enhanced this year, as while this year’s technical regulations have produced cars with less downforce than those of recent years, the corresponding decrease in drag may see cars hitting 360kph on the long straights.
But Monza isn’t simply about top speeds as recent races have seen winners emerge from among the slowest through the speed traps, with other key requisites being a car that is good on the brakes, rides kerbs well and has good traction out of the chicanes.
The Italian circuit is the perfect place for the pulsating championship battle to resume after the controversy of two weeks ago at another iconic F1 circuit, Spa-Francorchamps.
Nico Rosberg extended his margin over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship thanks to second place in Belgium, but the two came together in the early laps, causing the Briton a punctured tyre and ending his chances of victory, an incident which added more acrimony and division between the two drivers.
This slip up within the Mercedes camp gave rivals Red Bull the initiative with Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo crossing the line after 44 gruelling laps to claim his second win of the season.
The German driver now has a 29-point lead over his English team-mate but Hamilton has two pole positions and a victory at Monza to his name and will be optimistic of closing the gap this weekend.
One race ago, few would have cited Red Bull as arguably the most relaxed of the top teams heading into the Italian Grand Prix, or that Mercedes would be walking on eggshells arriving at the ‘Temple of Speed’.
But after a tumultuous race at Spa-Francorchamps, it is becoming increasingly apparent that in this year’s Formula q World Championship, anything can happen.
You can follow all the action from the 13th round of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season on both BBC Sport and Sky Sports F1.
SOTB’s viewing guide to the 2014 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix below:
BBC Sport will broadcast the entire 2014 Italian Grand Prix weekend live on free-to-air television across BBC One and BBC Two as the season reaches round 13 in Monza.
Live coverage begins on Friday with the first free practice session on BBC Two, followed by the second later in the day, while Practice three is also live on BBC Two on Saturday morning.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, BBC One and BBC One HD brings fans live coverage of the must-see qualifying session and the race itself, with both starting on-track at 1.00pm.
Suzi Perry presents BBC TV’s coverage from the historic Monza circuit across weekend where she will be joined by David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Allan McNish, all of whom will be on hand to provide lively analysis and discussion in the pits and paddock.
During the lengthy qualifying and race build-ups there will be plenty of new features and interviews to keep viewers informed and entertained, including David Coulthard’s grid-walk on race day.
Commentary comes from Ben Edwards and Coulthard, with Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson providing pit-lane updates and conduct interviews with the drivers and team personnel.
BBC Sport’s popular F1 Forum, presented by Suzi Perry, follows the conclusion of the BBC One race transmission on the BBC Red Button and online at 3.30pm.
The BBC Sport website will have live streaming of all live BBC TV broadcasts, as well as additional live video content during including extra feeds such as driver tracker, on-board cameras, pits channel and a choice of commentary, plus interviews and analysis.
All of the BBC’s TV coverage will be available to view shortly after transmission on BBC iPlayer.
BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will also have live audio commentary of every on-track session from Monza with James Allen, Jennie Gow and Allan McNish.
Friday 5th September Free Practice 1 – Start: 09:00 LIVE: 8.55am-10.35am BBC Two Free Practice 2 – Start: 13:00 LIVE: 1.00pm-2.35pm BBC Two Saturday 6th September Free Practice 3 – Start: 10:00 LIVE: 9.55am-11.30am BBC Two Qualifying – Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.10pm-2.30pm BBC One Sunday 7th September ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – Race Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.10pm-3.30pm BBC One Post-Race Forum: 3.30pm-4.30pm BBC Red Button Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm BBC Three
A pulsating Formula 1 season continues at the historic Monza circuit with the Italian Grand Prix and Sky Sports F1 will have its usual extensive live coverage.
The race will be shown live and uninterrupted on Sunday afternoon, along with the practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday on Sky Sports F1, on Sky channel 407, its new slot following the recent Sky Sports EPG realignment.
Simon Lazenby will anchor Sky Sports F1’s comprehensive live coverage throughout the weekend where he will be joined by regulars Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.
Ted Kravitz will provide the latest news and reports and from the pit lane, with further reports and driver interviews from Natalie Pinkham.
Commentary on all sessions comes from David Croft, with Martin Brundle joining him for both qualifying and the race, with Anthony Davidson calling the practice sessions, as well as providing his unique insights via the Sky Pad during the weekend.
The F1 Show live from the Monza pits will build up to the race weekend on Friday evening, hosted by Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz.
During the race, a host of interactive additions, including on-board cameras, pit-lane feeds, the latest race stats and much more available via the red button and the Sky Sports for iPad app.
For those who won’t be at home, every second of the action can be seen via computers, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices on Sky Go.
In addition to all the F1 action, Sky Sports F1 will also screen live coverage of the GP2 and GP3 races from Monza, with commentary led by Will Buxton.
There will also be the second in the new archive series Tales from the Vault, presented by Steve Rider, following Sky Sports F1’s live race coverage on Sunday at 4.15pm.
Friday 5th September Free Practice 1 – Start: 09:00 LIVE: 8.45am-11.00am Sky Sports F1 Free Practice 2 – Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.45pm-2.50pm Sky Sports F1 The F1 Show LIVE: 5.00pm-6.00pm Sky Sports F1 Saturday 6th September Free Practice 3 – Start: 10:00 LIVE: 9.45am-11.15am Sky Sports F1 Qualifying – Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.00pm-2.35pm Sky Sports F1 / Sky1 Sunday 7th September ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – Race Start: 13:00 Track Parade: 11.30am-12.00pm Sky Sports F1 RACE LIVE: 12.00pm-3.30pm Sky Sports F1 Paddock Live: 3.30pm-4.15pm Sky Sports F1 Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm Sky Sports F1 Tales from the Vault: Underdogs 4.15pm-5.15pm Sky Sports F1 . . .