Monza, 14th September – Naturally, after the terrible events in the USA on Tuesday, even the world of Formula 1 is not the same as usual. As Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo said in a press meeting on Wednesday, “life goes on.” However, everyone in Monza for this Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix wants to show a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks. To start with, today’s practice session is starting ten minutes earlier than usual at 10.50. This is so that everyone in the paddock can observe a moment’s silence at midday. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is paying its own tribute. For the duration of the weekend, its cars will carry no logos or branding from any of its sponsors, the cars being turned out in plain red, apart from a black nose section. The respray work was carried out late on Thursday.
If these elements make this an unusual Friday, then normality can be found in the work process. The engines will be fired up at nine, with the day's first technical briefing taking place half an hour later. Pit stop practice will start at 10.15. The weather does not look good with cloudy skies hanging over the Parco di Monza. The outlook is changeable with a strong chance of rain and temperatures failing to reach the 20 degree mark.