F1's engine war comes alive at Monza

F1's engine war comes alive at Monza

Mercedes took a step forward with its latest engine spec for the Italian GP, but the gains made by Ferrari appear to have pushed the Silver Arrows into taking risks with its V6 for the first time

Engines were always going to be the dominant factor in deciding who would do well in the Italian Grand Prix, even though much of the talk in the build-up to the weekend (and after Lewis Hamilton claimed his seventh victory of the season) was of tyres and how they should be pressured.

We all know Formula 1 is an engine game right now. A game Mercedes is clearly winning. But perhaps not as easily as it once was. Conventional wisdom would suggest Monza's long straights and relative lack of turns compared to other circuits on the calendar would only strengthen Mercedes' hand, and further expose the difficulty Ferrari, Renault and Honda (particularly the last two) still face in trying to make a real race of the world championship.

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