Formula One returned to Spa last weekend and we’ve been spoilt with a back to back race with the iconic Monza this weekend. Considered to be the ‘close’ of the European season, Formula One is soon to embark on a marathon global tour. But for now, it’s pizza, pasta and plenty of fine wine, as @F1StatMan looks at the Monza Fast Facts.
This will be the 68th Italian Grand Prix. The race has been an ever-present on calendar since the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950 and all but one Italian Grand Prix has been held at Monza. The race moved to lmola in 1980 while renovation work was carried at the circuit outside Milan.
Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at this event. The German has five wins to his name (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) and all were recorded at Monza. Nelson Piquet is next on the list with four wins. The Brazilian is the only driver to have taken an Italian GP win away from Monza, winning that sole lmola event for Brabham.
Ferrari is the most successful team, with 18 victories. McLaren holds second place with 10 wins, while Williams are third with six victories.
Seven drivers have taken their first Formula One win in Italy. Sebastian Vettel is the most recent, winning for Toro Rosso in 2008. The others are Juan Pablo Montoya (2001), Peter Gethin (1971), Clay Regazzoni (1970), Ludovico Scarﬁotti (1966), Jackie Stewart (1965) and Phil Hill (1960).
Just two manufacturers have landed a maiden win in Italy, and curiously both outfits are Italian. Juan Manuel Fangio gave Maserati the first of nine F1 wins at Monza in 1953, while Vettel’s ’08 was the first and only win to date for Toro Rosso.
Three current drivers have won at Monza before. They are: Fernando Alonso (2007, ’10), Vettel (2008, ’11, ’13) and Lewis Hamilton (2012, ’14, ’15).
Hamilton can this weekend break the all-time record of pole positions. The Mercedes driver equalled Michael Schumacher’s mark of 68 poles at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Top spot for Hamilton in qualifying this weekend would see him break another record —that of most Italian Grand Prix poles. The Briton is currently tied on five with Formula One legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna. Three other current drivers have scored poles at Monza —Vettel (2008, ’11, ’13), Alonso (’07, ’10) and Kimi Raikkonen (2006).
Of the current drivers, Fernando Alonso has the most podium finishes in Monza, with six. The Spaniard was second for Renault in 2005, won in 2007 for McLaren and for Ferrari in 2010, and then finished third in 2012 and second in 2013 again for Ferrari. Vettel and Hamilton have five podiums each here, Raikkonen and Felipe Massa have three, while the only other of this weekend’s drivers to have tasted champagne here is Sergio Pérez, who finished second here in 2012, while driving for Sauber.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Honda’s only Italian Grand Prix victory to date as a constructor. The team’s 1967 win came courtesy of late F1 great John Surtees. At the wheel of the V12-powered RA300 car, Surtees claimed the lead on the finish straight in a thrilling end to the race, beating Jack Brabham by just two tenths of a second.
25 wins have been won from pole (37.88%) whilst 37 wins from the front row (56.06%). The Italian Grand Prix has had 36 different winners throughout it’s history.
Jolyon Palmer is the only full season driver that has not out-qualified their teammate this season.
- New TecPro waII blocks have been installed in Turns 4, 8 and 11.
- Additional tyres, conveyor belts and tube inserts have been fitted to the existing tyre barriers in Turns 6, 7, 9 and 10.
- TecPro barriers have been added to the tyre barriers in Turns 9 and 10.
- The main pit straight has been resurfaced.
- There will be two DRS zones in Italy. The detection point for the first zone will be 95m before Turn Seven, with the activation point 210m after Turn Seven. The second detection point will be 20m before Turn 11, with the activation point 115m after the finish line.