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Cracked Device Co. Italian Grand Prix preview

The Canadian eMotorsports Network Formula 1 Series continues its high-speed tear through the second half of the season with a stop at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the Cracked Device Company Italian Grand Prix, the 10th race of the season.

The live broadcast will begin with the pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. EST on the Canadian eMotorsports Network Facebook page, followed by live qualifying starting at 7:40 p.m. EST, and then by the race itself immediately afterward.

For the second consecutive week, safety cars played a role in the outcome at last week’s Fix Auto Belgian Grand Prix, where Corbin MacAulay drove through the field in an eventful race after qualifying 16th to capture his fifth victory of the season for Hurricanes eMotorsports.

With the win and bonus point for the fastest lap, MacAulay jumped up to 165 points for the season, overtaking North Border Racing’s Zach Sullivan for the top spot in the driver’s standings with a 10-point cushion, while Darcy Ford is a further 24 points adrift in third.

Meanwhile, North Border Racing continues to lead the constructor’s championship with 173 points, though the team’s lead over Hurricanes eMotorsports has dropped to seven points, while Alpha Flow F1 is third with 145 points.

Though not the most technically demanding track on the Formula 1 calendar, Monza’s status as the Temple of Speed means a hard 27 laps for the drivers, as the 5.793-km circuit is taken at approximately 80 percent full throttle.

The stress begins immediately with a long run down the start-finish straight before a hard brake into the opening Variante di Rettifilo chicane, with speeds dropping from around 340 km/h to 85 km/h for the turn. A smooth exit is critical to build up speed coming through the winding Curva Grande right-hander to set up the entry into the Variante della Roggia chicane.

From there, it’s on to the Curve di Lesmo, a set of right-hand turns taken at medium speed before getting onto a long straightaway which features a small bend, Curva del Serraglio. Overtaking is a distinct possibility here with a good exit out of the Lesmo corners, particularly with the benefit of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) and braking into the Variante Ascari chicane after a bumpy run down the straight.

Upon exiting Variante Ascari, the final test on the circuit is the iconic Curva Parabolica, a long right-hand turn initially taken at top speed, though the speed drops slightly in the apex before accelerating onto the start-finish straightaway, which can produce an overtaking opportunity in the circuit’s second DRS zone and a hard brake back into the Variante di Rettifilo on the following lap.

Here is a look at the official standings entering the Cracked Device Co. Italian Grand Prix.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, November 05, 2020