How Ferrari's Monza F1 special shows there's still room for sentiment
Despite the pressure of expectation from their passionate fans, Ferrari made the decision to go all in for its home race at Monza. They developed a bespoke package specifically for the low-downforce track, even though they knew it wouldn’t be effective on other circuits. This paid off, with Carlos Sainz defeating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in qualifying by a slim margin. Sainz described the experience as incredible, with goosebumps and overwhelming support from the crowd. The decision to invest in the Monza package was based on both sentimental reasons and performance considerations, as Ferrari recognized that the lower downforce setup suited them better.