Monegasque Ferrari's pilot Charles Leclerc pose with the public for a selfie as he arrive in Piazza Duomo in Milan on Septembre 4, 2019 for the presentation of cars and drivers for 90th anniversary of the founding of Scuderia Ferrari. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

MONZA, – Charles Leclerc will be propelled by an upgraded Ferrari power unit and his own raw emotions, this weekend when he bids to claim a second career victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Monegasque’s maiden Formula One triumph was shrouded in tragedy at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix following the death of his close friend Anthoine Hubert.

For Leclerc and his team-mate four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel, the race in the old royal park at Monza offers another opportunity to show their cars’ superior power and straight-line speed against champions Mercedes.

“It’s time for our home Grand Prix and there can be no better way to come to Monza than as the winner of the last round in Spa-Francorchamps,” said Binotto, ahead of this weekend’s race.

“It’s a great thank you to our fans who have given us so much support during what has been a far from easy season so far.

“Monza is a track where we run at very high average speeds, featuring long straights and heavy braking, running a low down-force package – and, this weekend, we plan to introduce our third (upgraded) power unit.”


90 years of Scuderia Ferrari –

After a season so far in which Ferrari have won only once in 13 outings, with Mercedes triumphing 10 times and Red Bull twice, Binotto knows his team must deliver a near-flawless performance again to resist the overall excellence and race pace of Mercedes’ defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

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“We saw in Belgium that, in order to win, we must do everything to perfection and our aim is to do exactly that in Monza too,” he said. “There will be no room for error. Our home race is always important, but that is especially true this time as we are celebrating 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari.

“Racing in front of our home fans is always an extra boost and further motivation to do well. Apart from anything else, there is no podium quite like Monza and we think there is no better crowd than the Italian one.”

Last year’s race ended with the ‘tifosi’ booing loudly when the triumphant Hamilton stood atop the podium, having won after Ferrari had locked out the front row of the grid following Kimi Raikkonen’s all-time fastest qualifying lap.

The Briton’s brilliant victory drew him level with Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher’s record five Monza victories and was Mercedes fifth successive Italian triumph. (AFP)


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