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Alonso’s British GP win in Silverstone in July was Ferrari’s only win this year as the Italian team struggles with the new Pirelli tires.

Tires are key in Monza, which is the fastest track in the sport, with average speeds of 155 mph and top speeds of 211 mph.

The track’s layout _ slow corners followed by long, high-speed straights _ means drivers should also get optimal use out of their drag reduction systems (DRS) _ adjustable rear wings _ and the KERS power boosts.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, followed by the race Sunday.