The Italian GP timetable

The Italian Grand Prix, which takes place at the high-speed Monza circuit, is the 13th race on the 2017 calendar.

All times are local (Italy is GMT 2)

Thursday August 31
15:00:
FIA press conference
16:00: Pit lane walk for three-day ticket holders

Friday September 1
10:00 – 11:30:
First free practice
14:00 – 15:30: Second free practice
16:00: FIA press conference

Saturday September 2
8:30 – 9:15:
Teams' pit stop practice
11:00 – 12:00: Third free practice
14:00 – 15:00: Qualifying
15:00: FIA post-qualifying press conference

Sunday September 3
12:30:
Driver track parade
14:00 – 16:00: Italian GP
16:00: FIA post-race press conference

Italian GP Info
No of Laps:
53
Race Distance: 306.720km
Lap Record: 1:21.046 – Rubens Barrichello (2004)
2016 Winner: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

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Villeneuve slams ‘dirty’ Perez

Never one to hold back, Jacques Villeneuve has slated Sergio Perez for his "aggressive" and "dirty" driving in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Perez collided with team-mate Esteban Ocon at Spa on Sunday after twice squeezing his Force India team-mate against the wall on the run to Eau Rouge.

The second incident resulted in contact with Ocon later stating that his team-mate had tried to "kill" him twice.

Villeneuve says it was "dirty" driving.

"It doesn't matter that it's his team-mate," he told Autosport.

"Team-mate, no team-mate, it should not have happened between two drivers.

"You're not so supposed to put anyone in danger.

"You can brake too late, make a mistake, fine, but down the straight you don't weave and squish, you just don't do that. It's ridiculous.

"A piece of carbon went outside of the track. You can hurt someone from the public. This has to be stopped.

"That kind of move from Perez is not racing, it's pure blocking.

"You don't do that. It's aggressive. It's dirty."

The 1997 World Champion added that he was shocked that the stewards did not penalise Perez for his actions.

"This is the most dangerous thing you can do in racing and they never penalise that in F1.

"Sometimes, people crash into each other because they messed up their braking and they fighting. That should not be penalised but they penalise that because there was an accident.

"This was embarrassing. They don't give a penalty for it, especially when the FIA is pushing so much the safety.

"Even a four-year-old could see it. It's ridiculous."

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Everything you need to know about the Italian Grand Prix

After a tense encounter in Belgium last weekend, the F1 roadshow moves on to Italy where the Ferrari faithful are sure to be out in full force.

Venue: Monza, north of Milan.

Weather forecast: Changeable weather is expected with thunderstorms predicted for Friday and Saturday, while race day is forecast to be dry, but with some cloud cover. Temperatures will range from a high of 24 degrees during the day to as low as 13 degrees in the evenings.

Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Laps: 53

Track length: 5.7934km

Race distance: 306.720km

Lap record: 1:21.046 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)

Tyre allocation: Medium, soft, supersoft

DRS Zones: Between Turn 7 and Turn 8 and on the start/finish straight

Last five winners in Italy:

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Broadcast schedule (All times are HKT)

Friday, 1st September

Practice 1 – 15:55-17:35
Practice 2 – 19:55-21:35

Saturday, 2nd September

Practice 3 – 16:55-18:05
Qualifying – 19:30-21:30

Sunday, 3rd September
Main Race – 19:00-22:30

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Massa irked by Belgian penalty

Although Felipe Massa finished inside the points at Spa, he says there is still "a little bit of bitterness" over his yellow flag penalty – and blamed Williams for it.

Massa was slapped with a five-place grid penalty for failing to adhere to double waved yellow flags during final practice.

The flags were out following Daniil Kvyat's stoppage on track, however, Williams told Massa that it was a single yellow flag.

As such he lifted enough to comply with that regulation only to learn that it was actually a double waved yellow.

He wrote in his Motorsport.com column: "I left Spa with four points, but still, with a little bit of bitterness for a penalty I was given for missing yellow flags. I had been completing a long run at the time, and didn’t need to push to the maximum.

"So when the team told me ‘single yellow flag, car stopped off track’, I paid attention knowing that this was not a particularly dangerous situation. Instead, I found that it was a double yellow flag, and when that happens things are treated very differently.

"I went through the sector four tenths slower than my fastest lap, so if there had been a single yellow flag, my behaviour would have been correct. But the pace was too quick for double yellows.

"I was summoned to see the stewards and, although they listened to the radio communications between me and the team, they gave me a five-place grid penalty and three penalty points on my licence.

"The punishment I think was a bit excessive considering it was not my mistake, and that less severe penalties have been handed out in the past for more dangerous episodes.

"I’ve always been very careful about safety in F1, and I think I have always been one of the drivers who had the fewest points on his licence. But on this occasion, I could not do much more to convince those who judged me about my good intentions."

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Stroll took part in private test before Spa

Lance Stroll was able to get some more mileage under his belt at Hockenheim ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Canadian rookie, currently 13th in the Drivers' Championship with 18 points this season, took the 2014 Williams for a spin in Germany before finishing just outside the points in 11th at Spa.

This is not the first time Stroll has had a private test as he had also spent the day at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas following his first-ever points finish at his home grand prix in Montreal.

Stroll broke his front wing at Spa when overtaking Kevin Magnussen on the Safety Car restart, something which he feels cost him a fourth points finish of his career.

“It was unfortunate that I had damage at the end when overtaking Magnussen at the safety car restart. I broke a piece of the front wing and just had to survive until the end," Stroll said.

“Without this, I could have been attacking [Carlos] Sainz for points, but it was a good race with plenty of stuff happening and I had fun. It was great to see the car was working better in the race than in qualifying."

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Mallya expects ‘no further issues’ at Force India

Both Force India drivers have good memories at Monza, while team principal Vijay Mallya is hoping team orders will ensure no more drama between Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

Sergio Perez: “I love Italy and I love Monza! It’s one of my favourite weekends of the season and the tifosi are amazing – they make such a special atmosphere. All the passion you feel throughout the weekend is very special. Also the track is great – you get to experience truly high speeds; you arrive very fast into the corners, with very low downforce, and it’s going to be very interesting in these 2017 cars. In many ways Italy is quite similar to the Mexico race in terms of the atmosphere and passion of the fans at the circuit. I’ve had some special days in Monza too, when I finished on the podium in 2012 and beat both the Ferraris. I guess that wasn’t great for the tifosi but I still received a lot of support when I was standing on the podium.”

Esteban Ocon: “I always have special emotions when I visit Monza. I used to live in Italy and raced with an Italian team in my junior career so I know the country really well. I also speak Italian and I enjoy Italian food too! It’s one of the classic Formula One tracks. My favourite parts of the lap are the two Lesmo curves and the Ascari chicane. These are the corners that can make or break your lap. The combination of corners through Ascari feels very nice in a Formula One car. The atmosphere in Monza is always special. The Italian fans give so much support to all the drivers and you feel their energy. There is so much history and tradition in the country linked to Motorsport and you get to appreciate this in Monza.”

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal: "It’s hard to look back on the race at Spa, knowing we had the pace to score a lot of points, and came away with only two. At least we are back on track this weekend and we get an immediate chance to put the disappointment behind us. Monza is another quick track on which we expect to do well: like in Baku and Montreal, the layout of the track should play to our strengths. At this stage of the season, it’s crucial we make the most of every opportunity to score points. We have made both drivers aware of the new team policy designed to prevent incidents like the ones in Spa from reoccurring. As a team, we have a responsibility to defend our position and I am sure we will finish the season without any further issues. We have been competitive on every track so far and we intend to continue our strong season with another good performance in Monza.”

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Renault issue personal apology to Verstappen

Cyril Abiteboul has apologised on behalf of Renault to Max Verstappen following his latest retirement at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen has been forced to retire in six of 12 races so far this season and is getting increasingly frustrated with the reliability issues that are preventing him from being in the mix for podium spots this campaign.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has since criticised Renault for providing a "below-par service" and the Enstone-based team are sorry for Verstappen's latest setback.

"An electronic systems issue seems to be at the heart of this problem," Abiteboul said.

"I personally apologise to Red Bull Racing, and more specifically to Max and his many fans who are as disappointed as we are.

"We will work closely with RBR to define a course of action and a roadmap to eradicate issues such as this one which meant they couldn't harness their package's potential."

To make matters worse, Verstappen is set for a grid penalty at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend due to the sheer amount of power components he has had to go through this season.

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Ocon ‘moving forward’ from Belgium clash

Esteban Ocon is adamant he’s ready to put the Belgian GP behind him despite accusing his team-mate Sergio Perez of trying to "kill me" twice.

The Force India team-mates clashed at Spa on Sunday resulting in two damaged cars and Ocon stating that Perez had tried to "kill" him.

Taking to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the grand prix, he wrote that "Perez tried to kill me" twice.

However, a day – and a much calmer head – later and the Frenchman says he is ready to put Spa behind him and focus on the future with Force India.

"In the heat of the moment and given the dangerous situation, I was very much upset," Ocon's statement read. "But we will be moving forward, we are a team and I appreciate my teammate apologising.

"We want to work better together. I am committed to the success of Sahara Force India, and I am confident that as a team we will put this behind us to reach even greater levels of success together. 

"We have a big challenge ahead with keeping fourth place, and nothing will distract us from that goal."

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Verstappen facing ‘bunch of penalties’ at Monza

As if his Belgian GP retirement wasn't bad enough, Max Verstappen is now facing a "bunch of penalties" at the Italian Grand Prix – all engine related.

Verstappen retired on lap 8 of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, forced to park his RB13 because of yet another engine issue.

It was the Dutchman's sixth retirement of this season and the fifth because of trouble with his Renault power unit.

And it is set to have a knock-on effect with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealing that the driver is facing grid penalties at Monza.

"I can understand his frustration, but the majority of them have been beyond our control," he said.

"He's now staring down the barrel of a bunch of penalties in Monza so it is really frustrating for him.

"He's just been desperately unlucky. The issues haven't been car-related, it's been engine-related.

"We don't know what happens behind the scenes, but Renault has always supplied equal equipment to both drivers in all the history we have had. 

"It's bad luck the failures on a Sunday seem to be happening on his side of the garage.

"Daniel has had as many failures, but they have tended to be on Fridays and Saturdays rather than Sunday afternoons."

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Vettel: Ferrari don’t fear any circuits

On the pace at Spa, Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari no longer have any cause to fear any of the circuits on the F1 calendar.

Arriving at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit there were some questions about Ferrari's ability to tackle the high-speed fast-flowing circuit.

Vettel answered those with a P2 on the grid and a runner-up result on Sunday afternoon.

"Overall the car was very good," he said.

"We didn't change too much compared to Silverstone, which shows on the one hand that Silverstone was just a bad weekend, but we improved also the car, especially in race pace.

"We were, on average, a second off, or nearly a second off in Silverstone, so it's a big step.

"I'm very, very happy.

"We are on the right track and I don't think we have a circuit we should fear, going from now."

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