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Vettel unchallenged to Italian Grand Prix pole position

Sebastian Vettel took a commanding pole position for the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were set to challenge the Red Bull, but both gave up on their final laps, allowing Sebastian to take the front spot on the grid.

Fernando Alonso was 4th, with Mark Webber 5th. Here is the full report:


Pastor Maldonado pits without a front wing

Pastor Maldonado pits without a front wing

Jaime Alguersuari set the first competitive time of Q1, – a 1:26.610. Jenson Button improved the fastest time by over 2 seconds, while Alonso and Vettel went 2nd and 3rd.

Hamilton and Vettel each lowered the benchmark by 0.4 seconds several seconds after each other.

A brief yellow flag came out on the main straight, as Pastor Maldonado knocked off his front wing, spinning as he entered the pit lane.

Mark Webber was the last car to leave the pits, and was also one of the few not to put on a new engine for this weekend. He was unusually off the pace, classified 7th.

Maldonado finally set a lap time with 2 minutes to go. With the Lotuses not challenging for 17th place, it became clear that only one midfield car would be knocked out of Q1. Kamui Kobayashi, Sebastien Buemi and Bruno Senna all fell into the drop zone, before Jaime Alguersuari was pushed into 18th place.

Drivers knocked out in Q1:

18) Jaime Alguersuari – 1:25.334

19) Jarno Trulli – 1:26.647

20) Heikki Kovalainen -1:27.184

21) Timo Glock – 1:27.591

22) Jerome D’Ambrosio – 1:27.609

23) Daniel Ricciardo – 1:28.054

24) Vitantonio Liuzzi – 1:28.231


Paul di Resta's gamble failed to pay off, and was eliminated in Q2

Paul di Resta's gamble failed to pay off, and was eliminated in Q2

Jenson Button set a 1:23.427, before Vettel quickly went 3 tenths faster. Sebastian then became the first man of the weekend to break the 1:22 barrier.

Fernando Alonso pushed his car to the max, but only managed 4th. Lewis Hamilton was 7th, but impressively set that time on the medium tyres, unlike his rivals.

He soon went out on the softer tyres, going 3rd. The top 10 runners all opted not to do a final run, which was especially risky for Paul di Resta in 10th. It proved to be decisive, as Bruno Senna sliced into 10th place by 0.006 seconds.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Paul di Resta – 1:24.163

12) Adrian Sutil – 1:24.209

13) Rubens Barrichell0 1:24.648

14) Pastor Maldonado – 1:24.726

15) Sergio Perez – 1:24.845

16) Sebastien Buemi – 1:24.932

17) Kamui Kobayashi – 1:25.065


Vettel heads Hamilton and Button on the grid

Vettel heads Hamilton and Button on the grid

The Ferraris were the first out for Q3, and were met with a roar of approval by the crowd. Alonso set a 1:22.999, 3 tenths faster than Felipe Massa.

Button swiftly went fastest, before Vettel beat the fastest lap of the weekend once again. Lewis Hamilton went within one tenth of Sebastian.

Vettel was set to go even quicker, but a spectacular powerslide in the middle of the Ascari chicane cut short his run. Nico Rosberg took on the medium tyres, but was nowhere near the frontrunners.

All 10 cars went out on track for the final two minutes. Lewis Hamilton ruined his final lap under braking, and Jenson Button gave up his last run. Mark Webber disappointed with 4th, and the Ferrari’s challenge failed to materialise. This left Vettel with a clear pole position, and his final lap of 1:22.275 wasn’t even necessary.

Times from Q3:

1) Sebastian Vettel – 1:22.275

2) Lewis Hamilton – 1:22.725

3) Jenson Button – 1:22.777

4) Fernando Alonso – 1:22.841

5) Mark Webber – 1:22.972

6) Felipe Massa – 1:23.138

7) Vitaly Petrov – 1:23.530

8 ) Michael Schumacher – 1:23.777

9) Nico Rosberg – 1:24.477

10) Bruno Senna – No time set


Vettel back on top in Italian second practice

Vettel pipped Hamilton to the fastest lap

Vettel pipped Hamilton to the fastest lap

Sebastian Vettel edged Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Brit was leading the session, but was unseated by 0.036 seconds by the Red Bull. Hamilton was set to go faster again, but was held up by Jaime Alguersuari on his final flying lap.

The extremely hot track temperatures – up to 40 degrees on the tarmac – slowed the cars throughout the session, with no car beating Lewis’ fastest lap from FP1.

Sebastien Buemi provided the action in this session, crashing out at Parabolica corner after setting only 5 laps, after clipping the grass under braking.

The Ferraris improved to 4th and 5th, the Saubers 8th and 9th, with both Renaults 10th and 11th.

Nico Rosberg had another abysmal session, finishing 21st, and 5 seconds off the pace. Teammate Michael Schumacher broke into the top 3, finishing 0.3 seconds off Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo was in last place, emerging from the pits with only a few minutes to go.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:24.010           37
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.046   0.036  21
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:24.347   0.337  39
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:24.366   0.356  33
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:24.433   0.423  31
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:24.468   0.458  32
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.508   0.498  30
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:25.097   1.087  39
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:25.182   1.172  37
10.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:25.325   1.315  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:25.450   1.440  31
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:25.496   1.486  39
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:25.683   1.673  37
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:25.758   1.748  29
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:26.202   2.192  36
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:26.353   2.343  40
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:28.347   4.337   5
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:28.559   4.549  32
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:28.605   4.595  32
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:28.804   4.794  25
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:29.162   5.152  34
22.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:29.184   5.174  29
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:29.622   5.612  34
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:29.841   5.831   7

Hamilton a second ahead in first practice

Hamilton was well ahead in FP1

Hamilton was well ahead in FP1

Lewis Hamilton was miles ahead of the opposition in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

A 1:23.865 was enough to put Lewis 0.9 seconds ahead of teammate Jenson Button, who was a further 4 tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Behind Mark Webber in 4th was Adrian Sutil, albeit 2.5 seconds away from the leading McLaren. Nico Hulkenberg took over the second Force India, taking 12th position.

Vitaly Petrov set the fastest speed in the traps (347 km/h) en route to 6th. The Ferraris were off the pace in 7th and 8th, with Sergio Perez and Jaime Alguersuari breaking into the top 10.

Bruno Senna and Nico Rosberg were well off the pace of their respective teammates in 16th and 18th. All Lotus, HRT and Virgin cars were outside of the 107% rule for this session.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:23.865           18
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.786   0.921   19
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:25.231   1.366   25
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:25.459   1.594   24
 5.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:26.550   2.685   23
 6.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:26.625   2.760   20
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:26.647   2.782   20
 8.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:26.676   2.811   24
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.694   2.829   28
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.696   2.831   15
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:26.699   2.834   21
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:26.826   2.961   21
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:26.836   2.971   25
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.996   3.131   29
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:27.365   3.500   25
16.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:27.385   3.520   23
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:27.433   3.568   25
18.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:27.492   3.627   24
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:29.539   5.674   10
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault         1:30.148   6.283   19
21.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:30.609   6.744   27
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:30.619   6.754   24
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:31.052   7.187   12
24.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:31.899   8.034   22

Two independent DRS zones for Monza

Monza is expected to have two independent DRS zones per lap

Monza is expected to have two independent DRS zones per lap

The FIA is planning to use two DRS zones for the Italian Grand Prix – each with its own detection zone.

The Canadian Grand Prix saw the debut of double DRS zones, but both were activated by the same detection zone, which many believed gave an unfair advantage.

With this, a seperate detection zone for each area was improvised. It is believed that the DRS zones will be on the start/finish straight, and the straight from 2nd Lesmo to the Ascari chicane.

The extreme low-downforce nature of Monza means that the effect of DRS will be smaller compared to other races, but it is believed to be still significant.

As opposed to Jenson Button’s high-downforce strategy last year (utilising the F-duct), most teams are expected to run minimally angled rear wings.

Italian Grand Prix stats and facts

Fernando Alonso scored his second hat-trick result at Monza in 4 years, while scoring the team’s first pole position in nearly 2 years. Here are the stats and facts from the Italian Grand Prix:

  • This is Fernando Alonso’s 24th race win of his career. He now has as many as Juan Manuel Fangio, one more than Nelson Piquet, and one less than Niki Lauda and Jim Clark.
  • He now has 19 pole positions, 1 more than Lewis Hamilton, Mario Andretti and Rene Arnoux, and one less than Damon Hill.
  • This was Ferrari’s 213th race win. However, it was their first pole position since Brazil 2008, when Felipe Massa was in the front spot.
  • Fernando Alonso has now led at least 1 lap of 58 different races, which is as many as Nelson Piquet, 3 more than Kimi Raikkonen and Nigel Mansell, but 4 less than David Coulthard.
  • Also, it was his second hat-trick (pole, win, and fastest lap) at Monza since 2007. He has 4 in total, as many as Felipe Massa, Jacky Ickx, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart.
  • He also got his 16th fastest lap, 1 less than Rubens Barrichello.
  • The last time that a Ferrari driver scored pole position in his first appearance for the team at Monza was back in 1974, with Niki Lauda. However, it is the first time in Formula 1 history that a Ferrari driver, in his first appearance at Monza for Ferrari, has scored both the pole position and the win.
  • This was the first time since the 2009 Italian GP that a Red Bull was not on the front row. Also, 6th place was Sebastian Vettel’s worst qualifying performance so far this year.
  • This is the 20th race in a row that Red Bull have scored points, a record which has been going on since the 2009 European Grand Prix.
  • This was Jenson Button’s first front-row start for McLaren.
  • Bruno Senna had his 8th retirement of the year, 1 more than Pedro de la Rosa. 7 of these have been mechanical, another record for this season.

Vettel problem revealed as sticking brake pedal

The problem which hampered Sebastian Vettel in yesterday’s Italian Grand Prix has been revealed as a sticking brake pedal, which slowed his car significantly for several laps, costing him a handful of places in the process. This was initially believed to have been caused by an engine problem, as Sebastian was complaining of a loss of power, but it has turned out that the brakes were slightly engaged while the car was on full throttle.

Sebastian Vettel's Italian GP was hampered by brake problems

Sebastian Vettel's Italian GP was hampered by brake problems

At the start of Lap 20, Vettel first noticed the problem, which occured at the Parabolica corner the lap before. He lost several seconds a lap, and was overtaken by Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher. While the Renault engine technicians tried out several different presets to solve what they thought was a loss of engine power, the brake pedal became unstuck a few laps later.

Vettel later managed to jump past Webber, Schumacher and Rosberg thanks to staying out until the last lap on his softer tyres.

Yamamoto’s mechanic hospitalised after pit lane incident

As you may have heard, during the Italian Grand Prix today, one of Sakon Yamamoto’s mechanics was run over in the pit lane in the middle of a pit stop. He has been hospitalised, currently in the Medical Centre, but the Hispania team have confirmed that he is conscious and should be OK.

While I earlier claimed that Sakon drove straight away from the pit box, based on info from the BBC, an amateur video has shown that it was in fact the lollipop man who released the car too early, causing the incident. Hispania have also been fined $20,000 for an unsafe release.

The video below shows the incident, but viewer discretion is advised:

Alonso revives title challenge with win at Monza

Fernando Alonso took the victory today the the Italian Grand Prix, to revive a title challenge that many had thought had already disappeared. He lost the lead to Jenson Button at the first corner, but kept the pressure on throughout, and his patience was rewarded by jumping the McLaren in the pit stops.

While Button led most of the race, he succumbed to Alonso’s charge on Lap 40, and was 2nd. Felipe Massa was close behind in 3rd, but never really made a move. However, Lewis Hamilton retired on the first lap after collision damage with Massa. The Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber were 4th and 6th.

At the start, Alonso was sluggish, and was caught out by the McLaren. At the first chicane, both cars got too close, and Fernando clipped the back of Button, taking a very small amount out of the undertray. At the second chicane, Hamilton tried to dive down the inside of Massa, but broke the left front wheel and steering, and understeered into the gravel trap at the Lesmos corners.

Hamilton’s only consolation was that his main title rival, Mark Webber, fell to 9th on the first lap. On the other hand, Nico Rosberg made a great start, and leaped up to 4th.

The top 3 started to move away, while Rosberg led Robert Kubica, Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel. The Force India of Adrian Sutil was caught up in the first lap melee, and ran into the gravel trap, emerging in 22nd. He pitted instantly and changed to the harder tyre for the rest of the race.

The only other car who joined Hamilton on the sidelines was Kamui Kobayashi, who suffered more gearbox problems which had caused him to start from the pit lane. He was joined later on by Bruno Senna.

While Alonso hounded Button, Vettel was complaining of an engine problem with his Red Bull. He lost control of his 7th place, and fell behind Webber and Michael Schumacher. However, after a few laps of the Renault engine mechanics trying out a few different settings, the engine healed and Vettel began to set fastest laps. The problem was later diagnosed as electrical.

As opposed the the normal race strategy, the softer tyres were lasting much longer than expected, which allowed the first stint to be extended into around Lap 35. While Robert Kubica pitted on Lap 34, there wasn’t much of a performance difference on those tyres, so both McLaren and Ferrari opted to lengthen their soft tyre stint for as long as possible.

Sakon Yamamoto pitted on Lap 30, but a nasty incident occurred. While one of his mechanics was working on the radio transmitter behind his helmet, which was apparently broken, the lollipop man released the car, and Sakon drove off, running over the mechanic while he was at it. An ambulance had to be deployed, which closed the pit lane for two laps.

In the battle for the lead, Button blinked first, and pitted on Lap 35. Ferrari reacted within a minute, pitting Alonso and then Massa one lap later. A faster pit stop, combined with better pace from Fernando, allowed Alonso to take the lead from Button, and Massa remained in 3rd.

Sebastian Vettel, who had fallen back after his engine trouble, decided on a new strategy. He stayed on his soft tyres until the final lap, a choice that was mimicked by Vitaly Petrov, then pitted to change to the harder tyre. This allowed him to leapfrog Hulkenberg, Kubica, Webber and Rosberg to take 4th place. Petrov wasn’t so successful, falling back to 13th.

His team-mate Webber was furious after being held up for a lot of the race by Nico Hulkenberg, who cut chicanes on three separate occasions. While he gained an advantage or not can be debated, but it prompted Webber to complain to the stewards. However, they believed that Hulkenberg did not gain an advantage, so Mark was forced to make the move on track with 3 laps to go.

Further back, Schumacher had a solid race in 9th, while Rubens Barrichello struggled in 10th. Sebastien Buemi was within one second of a points-scoring position, while Vitantonio Liuzzi was 12th. Adrian Sutil’s strategy only got him 16th place, while Timo Glock was the best of the new teams in 17th, while Jarno Trulli and Lucas di Grassi retired.

Alonso was unchallenged after the stops, and won the Grand Prix 3 seconds ahead of Button, who held off Massa until the end. Like yesterday, it was an almost-perfect result for the Tifosi, with Alonso leaping back into the title hunt, now 1 point ahead of Button and only 21 shy of Webber, who retook the lead off Hamilton.

There are now only 25 points, or a single win, separating the top 5, and it will be a fantastic battle into the final 5 flyaway races. The standings are updated and available here.

Alonso storms to pole at Monza

Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, ahead of Jenson Button. Felipe Massa was third, and Mark Webber 4th. Sebastian Vettel was back in 6th. Here is the full report:

Felipe Massa, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button after qualifying

Felipe Massa, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button after qualifying


While Timo Glock went out at the start, all of the other cars remained on the grid. But, by the time he had reached the first corner on his flying lap, he was blocked by Vitaly Petrov leaving the pits, leaving the Russian in danger of a penalty. Lewis Hamilton was the first top driver to go out, but was again blocked by Sakon Yamamoto.

Jenson Button suffered no such problems, setting a 1.23.6. Rubens Barrichello got within a few hundreths, but both were soon beaten by Felipe Massa, who was then promptly knocked back by Fernando Alonso, and then by Hamilton. The two Red Bulls were struggling, with Vettel and Webber 8th and 9th.

Fernando Alonso, knowing he needs a good result this weekend, soon took the fastest lap. His team-mate, Massa, soon topped that by a quarter of a second. Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil, who would have been expecting to get into the top 10, was only 11th, while Vitantonio Liuzzi was struggling in the dropout zone. Even worse, there was a problem with the car, meaning he couldn’t set a new time, leaving him out of Q1.

Sebastien Buemi, sitting in 17th and in danger of being knocked out, improved to 13th. Further back, Jarno Trulli managed to get ahead of Liuzzi into 18th place.

Drivers knocked out in Q1:

18) Jarno Trulli

19) Heikki Kovalainen

20) Vitantonio Liuzzi

21) Timo Glock

22) Lucas di Grassi

23) Bruno Senna

24) Sakon Yamamoto


Unlike Q1, many cars went out at the beginning. The thing to note was the tyres, as all of the top drivers apart from Lewis Hamilton stayed on the harder tyres. This would be hinting at Hamilton running a different strategy for the race. Alonso’s first lap of 1.22.7 set the benchmark.

However, Hamilton went straight into the 1.24.4 zone. Alonso soon went 2 tenths faster, while the Red Bulls continued to fall behind in 7th and 8th. In fact, they were so slow that Nico Rosberg soon edged out Vettel for 8th. He soon improved to 4th, but still well down on the Ferraris and Hamilton.

Rubens Barrichello soon got into the top 10, while Jenson Button went 4th. Kamui Kobayashi, struggling with the car, only got 13th. Adrian Sutil knocked Rubens out to take 10th. However, once Barrichello reclimed 10th, Sutil was stuck in 11th.

Michael Schumacher messed up his final 2 runs, leaving him 12th. At the last second, Jenson Button got within a few hundreths of Alonso at the front.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Adrian Sutil

12) Michael Schumacher

13) Kamui Kobayashi

14) Sebastien Buemi

15) Vitaly Petrov

16) Jaime Alguersuari

17) Pedro de la Rosa


Within the first few seconds, both McLarens, Ferraris and Robert Kubica went out. Felipe Massa went fastest first, before team-mate Alonso blasted his way into the 1.21 mark. Lewis Hamilton struggled and could only manage 4th, while Webber and Kubica were 5th and 6th.

Jenson Button, who held back at the start, went into 2nd. While most of the frontrunners pitted, Massa stayed out and took advantage of the empty track. While he set personal best sectors, he stayed 3rd. With only 4 minutes to go, both Williams cars and Rosberg went out.

While Hulkenberg was 8th, Barrichello made a mistake and cut the first corner. At the final set of runs, Button and Massa set personal bests, but could only manage 2nd and 3rd. Mark Webber got 4th, and Hamilton didn’t improve on his time, leaving Fernando Alonso on pole position.

This was the best possible result for the Tifosi, and it was only the second time this year that a Red Bull has not been on pole position. It is also the first time since Italy 2009 that a Red Bull was not on the front row. Also, it was the first time this year that Jenson Button was on the front row.

Full times from qualifying:

Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1′22.646 1′22.297 1′21.962
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1′23.085 1′22.354 1′22.084
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1′22.421 1′22.610 1′22.293
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1′23.431 1′22.706 1′22.433
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1′22.830 1′22.394 1′22.623
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1′23.235 1′22.701 1′22.675
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1′23.529 1′23.055 1′23.027
8 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1′23.516 1′22.989 1′23.037
9 Robert Kubica Renault 1′23.234 1′22.880 1′23.039
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1′23.695 1′23.142 1′23.328
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1′23.493 1′23.199
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1′23.840 1′23.388
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1′24.273 1′23.659
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′23.744 1′23.681
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1′24.086 1′23.819
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′24.083 1′23.919
17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1′24.442 1′24.044
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1′25.540
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1′25.742
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1′25.774
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1′25.974
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1′26.847
23 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1′27.020
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1′25.934

Extreme gap in tyre compounds for German GP

Bridgestone F1 tyres

Bridgestone F1 tyres

Bridgestone have announced that they are to bring a 2-step gap in the tyre compounds in the tyres that they will bring to the German Grand Prix, in an effort to mix up tyre strategies. Following the Canadian GP, the Japanese company had said that they would be more radical with their tyre compound choices.

For the race in Hockenheim, Bridgestone are to bring the super-soft and hard tyres, meaning that there will be a 2-step difference in tyre compounds, the first time that this has been done this season. Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone’s head of motorsport tyre development, said that the characteristics of the Hockenheim circuit allowed this extreme tyre variation to go ahead.

However, for the next 4 races after this, there will only be 1 gap between tyre compounds. In Hungary, the super-softs and mediums will be used, and similarly for Singapore. The soft and hard tyres will be used for Belgium and Italy.. Hamashima explained these choices:

"The Hungaroring requires a softer allocation as finding grip is 
always a target there. Spa and Monza are high speed tests for 
cars and tyres, needing a harder allocation because of the heat 
durability requirements. Singapore is a high-speed street course 
where the softer allocation is suited."

Personally, I think that a 2-step difference is dangerous, as performance in the cars will vary wildly across the race. What do you think? Is this a step too far to “improve the show”, or is a simple and effective way of spicing up the racing?