As the Formula One teams continue their tour of Europe for the revised 2020 season in Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari face what could be a season-defining weekend.

The Scuderia initially feared not being able to compete with Mercedes upon the start of the season in July. Now, they are one of the slowest cars on the grid after finishing outside the points at Spa.

It is almost unthinkable that F1’s longest-running team could qualify last at Monza, the home of the loyal Tifosi, the passionate Ferrari supporters.


With new regulations surrounding the use of different ‘quali modes’ coming into effect, it should soften the blow of Ferrari’s loss of power on the race track.

But with Mercedes in a league of their own at the front, all is not well in Maranello and team principal Mattia Binotto is under pressure to find a solution.

A favourable result for the Italian team would surely ease the burden on Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

But only a year after winning this race, they could not be further away from taking the chequered flag at Monza, with rivals Mercedes sure-fire favourites to bring home another one-two.

Scroll down for our preview of the Italian Grand Prix…

Date and UK start time

The final practice session will take place at 11am on Saturday.

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That is then followed by qualifying, which consists of an hour-long session split into Q1 (18 mins), Q2 (15 minutes) and Q3 (12 minutes) starts from 2pm (BST).

UK viewers will be able to watch the race from 2:10pm (BST) on Sunday.

TV channel and live stream

Those with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to tune in for every live race in the 2020 campaign, where you can watch the entire race weekend live on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

If you don’t have Sky Sports, you can watch with a NOW TV Sky Sports Pass, which gives you exactly the same coverage without having to sign up for a contract.

Betting tips via Betfair Exchange | UK users only | Subject to change

Race winner

  • Lewis Hamilton: 1/2
  • Valtteri Bottas: 4/1
  • Max Verstappen: 17/2
  • Daniel Ricciardo: 28/1
  • Charles Leclerc: 249/1

Fastest lap

  • Lewis Hamilton: 7/5
  •  Valtteri Bottas: 3/1
  • Max Verstappen: 16/5

Click here to find the latest race odds and more details. Odds correct as of August 9.


Prediction

​Race winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

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