2023 Italian GP Preview

2023 Italian GP Preview

With barely a second to catch its breath after returning from its summer break, Formula One is raring to go for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix this weekend. Monza, also known as the Temple of Speed, will host the sport for the fastest race of the year at one of F1's – and motorsport's – all-time classic venues.

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Of course, Ferrari is Italy's pride, and the Scuderia will boast a special one-off livery over the three days of action. Yet it is not the famous scarlet red outfit where attention lies... Max Verstappen is readying up to make more Formula One history by becoming the outright holder for the most consecutive race wins should he take the chequered flag first on Sunday. If he does, he'll make it 10 wins in a row, one more than Sebastian Vettel managed back in 2013, to show a run of F1 success never before seen.

What to watch out for in the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

Away from the dominant Dutchman, there is plenty happening at the Milan circuit to keep your attention. Pirelli will run the second 'Alternative Tyre Allocation' trial, reducing the available tyres for each driver from 13 to 11. The most notable difference comes in qualifying, where the teams can run just one tyre compound in each of the three sessions.

Elsewhere, Ferrari isn't the only Italian brand coming to the race with a fresh lick of paint. While some flashes of yellow will feature on the Prancing Horse's engine cover, it's national pride for Alfa Romeo. In a radical departure from the team's usual livery, Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou will sport a tri-colour, Italian-flag-inspired look on their cars to honour the unveiling of a new 33 Stradale supercar from the manufacturer.

2023 Italian GP Preview

2023 Italian Grand Prix Pirelli Tyre Choices

High corner speeds and minimum downforce have Pirelli bringing along the softest three tyre compounds in their range for the Italian Grand Prix. The red-ringed soft tyres are the C5, the yellow mediums are the C4, and the white-walled hard tyres are the C3's this time around.

Saturday's Alternative Tyre Allocation means the C3 hards are the only available tyre for Q1, with the C4 mediums featuring in Q2, and the C5 softs for the 10 drivers to make it to Q3. We saw the same format run in Hungary without any problem after the initial trial set for Imola couldn't take place, so don't expect too much to change in Qualifying.

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Who could win the 2023 Italian Grand Prix?

Verstappen is in unprecedented form, so it'll be a shock if he isn't on the rostrum's top step. Vettel's nine-race run concluded with the 2013 season finale when 2014's rule change halted the German's grasp at the top. By comparison, Verstappen is now at nine consecutive races midway through the year, with nine races remaining and no mid-season regulation change to reign in Red Bull's incredible RB19.

However, the one statistic that might worry any Verstappen fans is the Italian Grand Prix's lack of repeat winners since 2018. Even Lewis Hamilton, a five-time victor in Monza, only has one win in the last five years, with Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, and Daniel Ricciardo taking the others. Might Sergio Perez, George Russell, or Lando Norris be the ones to excel in Italy this time?

2023 Italian GP Preview

2023 Italian Grand Prix U.K. Start Time

It's your standard afternoon action for Monza, with the lights out on Sunday at 2 PM and Qualifying starting at 3 PM on Saturday.

2023 F1 Italian Grand Prix Sky Sports Live Coverage

Qualifying – On air: 2:00 PM, Session start: 3 PM Saturday 2nd September

Race – On air: 12:30 PM, Session start: 2 PM Sunday 3rd September

2023 F1 Italian Grand Prix Channel 4 Coverage

Qualifying – Highlights 7:50 PM Saturday 2nd September

Race – Highlights 6:30 PM Sunday 3rd September

2023 F1 Italian Grand Prix Weather Forecast

Qualifying/Race – The run of rain-affected weekends looks to be over! Sunshine and high temperatures should prevail across the weekend, with a low chance of showers on Saturday morning as the sole threat of wet weather.

2023 Italian GP Preview