What is the ultimate fastest F1 lap around Monza ?

Monza is set to host its 73rd qualifying session for the 2023 Italian Grand Prix. The record for the fastest pole position lap time was established by Sir Lewis Hamilton in 2020, clocking in at 1:18.887. This lap also holds the record for the highest average speed, with an impressive 264.363 km/h.

The 7-time world champion’s lap was divided into three sectors. He completed the first sector in 26.618 sec, the second in 26.180 sec, and the third in 26.089 sec. While Hamilton holds the record, one might wonder if there’s a hypothetical faster lap time. Let’s delve into the numbers.

Best Sector 1 : 26.469

Charles Leclerc set the fastest first sector during his pole position lap in 2019. The Monégasque went on to win the race the following day. It marked his second victory in Formula One and the second consecutive race win of his career.

Best Sector 2 : 26.152

Valtteri Bottas recorded the fastest second sector in 2019. The Mercedes driver at the time qualified in 3rd place that day, trailing Leclerc by a mere 0.047 sec. In the second sector, Bottas was 0.260 sec faster than Leclerc.

Best Sector 3 : 25.961

The best third sector was also achieved by Valtteri Bottas in 2020 during his second fastest attempt of the weekend, registering a time of 1:18.956. Intriguingly, he was only 0.004 sec shy of his fastest Q3 lap time of 1:18.952. If he had combined his best Q3 sectors, he would have secured the pole position with a time of 1:18.847.

Potential fastest lap time : 1:18.582

Here is the list of the 10th fastest lap times set by Formula One drivers in Monza.

11:18.887Lewis Hamilton2020
21:18.952Valtteri Bottas2020
61:19.119Kimi Raikkonen2018
81:19.280Sebastian Vettel2018
101:19.307Charles Leclerc2019
251:19.695Carlos Sainz Jr2020
291:19.718Sergio Perez2020
321:19.780Max Verstappen2020
401:19.820Lando Norris2020
411:19.833Daniel Ricciardo2019

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