The Formula One circus heads to Monza, and as the fastest circuit on the calendar, the underpowered 2014 version of Ferrari’s V6 turbocharged hybrid power unit will be well and truly exposed here. However with an array of grid penalties for at least five cars at the time of writing, it is looking likely that the two Manor cars could at least start relatively high up the grid. However, that will leave them exposed to the usual turn one carnage which usually occurs. However, Monza can spring a surprise with high attrition, and this could well provide a points-scoring opportunity for the team.
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No. 28 Will Stevens
Stevens has had trouble in a few of the recent races which have cost him against his team mate. Spa was no exception, by getting tangled up at La Source. Getting a clean first few laps at Monza are absolutely vital to a good result, and Stevens will not want to be getting caught up in collisions amongst the Red Bulls, Saubers and McLarens here. On his last visit to Monza, Stevens won, taking the first race at the circuit in Formula Renault 3.5 last year. All three of his other results though have been disappointing, finishing just once, in 18th.
No. 98 Roberto Merhi
Like his team mate, Merhi has been to Monza twice for a total of four races. He finished second behind Stevens at the track in the first race in Formula Renault 3.5 last year, and has been in the top 10 on the other three occasions – once more in Formula Renault, and twice in GP3 back in 2010. He also made his debut in a Grand Prix weekend here last season, taking part in FP1 with the now-defunct Caterham team.