Agreed, I think Magnussen and Da Costa are favourites this year, but Bianchi was in the same position last year and he didn’t dominate as expected (and who would have had Frijns for the championship after his all-over-the-place performance at Spa?), so who really knows.
Stoffel Vandoorne grabs pole at Monza for Race 1, ahead of Sergey Sirotkin, Chris Zanella and Antonio Felix da Costa. Other notable drivers: Kevin Magnussen-7th, Jazeman Jaafar-11th, Marco Sorensen-24th.
Session was largely wet.
Stoffel Vandoorne wins ahead of Kevin Magnussen, a 1-2 for McLaren drivers..Chris Zanella 3rd…Oliver Webb 4th..ahead of Nigel Melker, Arthur Pic, Jazeman Jaafar, Mihai Marinescu, Matias Laine, Norman Nato.
Fantastic first race for Vandoorne. He got a big flatspot on his front left when he was about 6 laps in the race. He bravely drove 26 minutes on that. Shaking all the way to the finish line. Too bad for da Costa. I was unpressed by this Zanella chap too.