All things considered, the most important question to be answered is whether or not Ferrari can end the drought on their home turf.
After picking up four consecutive constructors' world championships between 2010 and 2013, Red Bull have only won a combined three races over the last two seasons, with Ricciardo's success in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June their only first place finish so far this year. "This is the emotional part". We really don't know, Ferrari could up the ante.
His left tyres covered in dirt, Lewis Hamilton couldn't catch Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the second practice session on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) for the Italian Grand Prix. We can improve the vehicle if we sort a couple things out.
As for the rest of the field, the Red Bulls did a wonderful job via Max Verstappen whose vehicle let him down with no drive in the early part of the race. "This is what I can promise to our tifosi".
Hamilton has started the last three Italian Grands Prix on pole position, winning two of them and finishing second a year ago to now-retired team mate and eventual title victor Nico Rosberg.
The 32-year-old Briton, seven points behind Sebastian Vettel in this year's title race ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, said the German's decision to sign a new three-year deal with Ferrari had no direct bearing on his own future.
"To be honest, I was not aware of that", Vettel said of the seven-year drought. "The team that finds the best overall compromise will come out on top". We are looking forward and not backwards.More news: 'Game of Thrones' Prophecy Makes Cersei 'Envious' of Daenerys, Says Lena Headey
Renault - already struggling with reliability of the units it supplies to its factory team, Red Bull and Toro Rosso this season - doesn't want to take on a fourth team (ie: McLaren) and couldn't while Honda is in the sport (manufacturers are limited to supplying three teams). "We are very happy with him".
Hamilton led Bottas by almost half a second in the morning. This is simply due to teams taking so much downforce off the cars in search for high top speed speed gains down the many straights Monza has to offer.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel could strengthen his bid to become the first Ferrari driver to win the F1 title in a decade. At the time he was the youngest victor of an F1 race, aged 21.
Bottas' 1:21.406 was 0.056s quicker than teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had topped FP1, and only a tenth up on Vettel's best time.
"It's the same thing we see in Monza today".
"We were surprised", Wolff said. "This is the narrative of the season".
On race pace, as in Belgium, there doesn't appear to be a lot between the two leading teams.