The conference started with Mattia Binotto talking about Monza renewal to 2024: "I'm very happy for the announcement, for the Italian Grand Prix, for the italians and the fans. For us is fundamental to have a race here. This is part of the F1 history." Binotto also spoke about last wednesday Ferrari celebrations in Milan: "It was fantastic to see many people there, Piazza del Duomo was full of people. It was a great celebration, we hoped people would have come: here you can feel the passion of the Tifosi, even after a difficult first part of the season for us. We had a lot of former Ferrari drivers, a lot of history. It was great to celebrate after our first win of the season in Spa, let’s hope to win another one here in Monza."
Ferrari's team principal is clearly aware that it's not going to be easy on race pace: "Expectations can only be high after Spa, in a circuit with long straights - and we know that’s our strength. But in Spa we just finished 1 second ahead of Hamilton, so it will be tight also this time. We can win only if we do a perfect weekend."
Monza's Friday also saw Mercedes announcement about the future of Aldo Costa, who is leaving the German squad to join Dallara in 2020. Costa stated: "It has been a wonderful career for me, with Minardi, Ferrari and Mercedes. I have a lot of great memories in every of the environments, and now it’s the start of – I hope – a fourth long cycle."
Grazie per tutti Aldo 😊🙏 pic.twitter.com/Saj4NOaSGc— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 6, 2019
Pirelli's Mario Isola spoke about the Italian Grand Prix and what he expects about the tyres: "You need a lot of traction, manage tyres, not a lot of downforce cause you just need the speed. We have a good tyre choice, our forecast is for a wet race. We expect a possible circuit lap record tomorrow on a dry qualifying." Next week there will be testing at Paul Ricard for 18'' inches tyres with Renault: "This est will be more on construction, as every time when you start on new construction, it’s a new challenge. We will have a full year in 2020 to develop, it’s a big challenge for us."
Speaking about costs, development and challenges, Isola also said about the budget cap for 2021: "We accept costs cap, we accept the challenge. But in terms of standardization, we are not convinced that there will be a real cost reduction on that." Binotto then added: "Standardization can be a risk for F1 future. We may accept it but we have to be sure that it’s reliable, that the level of performance is acceptable for F1. We saw what happened in F2 with the clutch, this cannot happen in F1."
Claire Williams referred about Jamie Chadwick role with Williams Racing: "She took part in an F3 test, it’s part of the driver academy that we established this year in Williams and it’s working very well for us. When she comes to the races with us, she shadows to learn everything of an F1 weekend. She had a great season in W Series, we are working for her to find a plan for 2020 as a driver academy."
Franz Tost then talked about how Toro Rosso development continued in the summer break: "Actually we already had a new engine upgrade from Honda, and we decided to put it on the car before the summer break. We are here in Monza with new aero package for the specific configuration of the layout, we will also have small also changes in Singapore and then a new floor in Suzuka."