The 2021 calendar is all but set in stone with just the one remaining race to be confirmed. As we approach the...
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
About the Italian Grand Prix
Home of the Tifosi and Ferrari, the Italian Grand Prix is one of the last true legendary circuits on the F1 calendar, taking place at the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
The Italian Grand Prix is one of only two races to be held since the formation of the Formula One World Championship in 1950, with the British Grand Prix the only other race to do so.
The track is the quickest on the calendar, with cars with the best engines usually reigning supreme. In 2018, however, Lewis Hamilton shocked the world by overtaking both Ferrari cars and taking a devastating win in what proved to be a title-swinging win.
Monza Track guide
Built in 1922, the circuit was 10 km (6.25 miles) in length and, at the time, was one of only three autodromes in the world. The huge banking and long straights gave birth to its iconic nickname: ‘The Temple of Speed’.
Located in Monza, Italy, just north of Milan, the event is one of the biggest on the F1 calendar and has hosted a round of the world championship every year bar 1980 (Imola hosted the Italian Grand Prix of that year) since its creation.
Although undergoing many changes since its early days, the circuit still has the feel of an old-school past, a throwback to racing history.
Iconic corners such as the Curva Grande, Curva di Lesmo, Variante Ascari and Curva Parabolica make up a legendary venue for motoracing.
The last changes made to the circuit were back in 2000 but the layout has stayed the same since.
Monza also boasts one of the more unique podiums in F1. The silver platform for the top three drivers extends out over the start/finish line on the main straight which plays host to one of the most podium ceremonies in F1.
In 2018, the Italian Grand Prix would play host to a season-defining race weekend in which Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took an almost impossible race victory in the heart of enemy territory.
Having won in Spa, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel appeared to be back on track for the 2018 championship and Monza was the perfect venue to hammer home their advantage over the summer break.
Unfortunately for Vettel, poor Ferrari strategy in qualifying meant that despite securing an all-Ferrari front-row lockout, it was Kimi Raikkonen on pole position and not the German.
On the opening lap, the two Ferrari’s battled for the lead that had allowed Hamilton to launch an attack on second-placed Vettel. The Ferrari but backed out of a move on his teammate which allowed Hamilton to dive down the outside into the second chicane.
Brief contact between the two title protagonists sent Vettel spinning down to last and Hamilton through into second and onto a huge race win, battling past Raikkonen later in the race to secure the win on Ferrari home soil.
Rubens Barichello’s lap in 2004 with Ferrari still sits as the official lap record, his 1:21.046s unbeaten in races since.
Kimi Raikkonen’s 2018 pole lap broke the record for fastest lap in F1 history, with an average speed of 163.785mph, beating the previous 162.95 mph record set by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2004.
When is the 2019 Italian Grand Prix?
The race weekend in Monza kicks off Friday September 6th, with Free Practice 1 starting at 11am local time (10am BST, 5am EST). FP2 starts that afternoon at 3pm (2pm BST, 9am EST). On Saturday, FP3 starts at 12pm local time (11am BST, 6am EST), and qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix takes place at 3pm on Saturday (2pm BST, 8am EST).
The Italian Grand Prix will start at 3.10pm local time on Sunday September 8th (2.10pm BST, 9.10am EST).
|Practice 1||4 September 2020||05:00 - 06:30|
|Practice 2||4 September 2020||09:00 - 10:30|
|Practice 3||5 September 2020||06:00 - 07:00|
|Qualifying||5 September 2020||09:00 - 10:00|
|Race||6 September 2020||09:10 - 11:10|
|Times are in America/New_York Timezone|
Latest Italian Grand Prix news
Italy wants to organise two races in 2021 and looks at Vietnam's place
There is still one spot left on the 2021 Formula 1 calendar and it could well be that a second Grand Prix will...
Hamilton wins to secure seventh consecutive championship for Mercedes!
Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to secure Mercedes' seventh consecutive constructor's championship....
Ocon: "I hope that the circuit will be included in future calendars"
Esteban Ocon looks back with great satisfaction on the third triple-header of the season. The Frenchman especially...
Italian Grand Prix is an overwhelming winner in F1 poll
We're more than halfway through the 2020 Formula 1 season. The two championships aren't exactly exciting as Lewis...
Situation at AlphaTauri has changed: "They now have goals that are higher"
With the 2020 Formula 1 season compacted due to the coronavirus, there's hardly been time to stop and reflect on...
Gasly still enjoys: ''I've missed that feeling of driving at the front''
Pierre Gasly's victory is one he will never forget. It has been a while since the Frenchman fought for a victory...
Ocon makes excuses after heavy onboard radio: ''Let myself go a little''
Esteban Ocon was gagged about the on-board radio after the Italian Grand Prix but is now making his own apologies....
Hamilton enjoyed his catch-up race: ''Don't know how I got so far back''
Lewis Hamilton saw his victory at the Italian Grand Prix go up in smoke because of an illegal pit stop under the...
Albon: "I don't feel any extra pressure to perform by Gasly's win".
Alexander Albon says Pierre Gasly's victory over Monza last week does not affect the pressure he feels to perform....
Gasly on the phone with Vettel for a long time: ''He always gives good advice''
Pierre Gasly did not have much time to enjoy his victory. The Tuscan Grand Prix is just around the corner, but...
Mercedes explains why they had trouble overtaking at Monza
During the Italian Grand Prix, it was noticeable that Mercedes, despite their fast car, had a lot of trouble...
Power Rankings: Hamilton remains Verstappen ahead, maximum score Gasly and Sainz
After every weekend the official website of Formula 1 comes with the 'Power Rankings'. In these, a panel of five...
McLaren had profits to seize: ''We were clearly faster than Gasly''
Carlos Sainz had to settle for second place in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Normally a great result for McLaren,...
Vettel doesn't give up: ''He doesn't want to stab anybody in the back''
Sebastian Vettel drove his last Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari, but the German did not had the time to enjoy it...
Criticism of Claire: ''Family leaves, but spirit to win was already gone''
The Italian Grand Prix is the last Grand Prix in which the Williams family was actually present on the circuit....
Palmer: ''In a normal race in 2020 Verstappen would have won the race''
Surprisingly, the Italian Grand Prix was won by Pierre Gasly. At Mercedes and Red Bull Racing they made several...
Binotto under pressure at Ferrari: ''How much more time do you give him?''
The problems at Ferrari are piling up. If you think you have had the worst in Belgium, both Ferrari cars will fail...
No return for Gasly? ''I wouldn't do that, because Verstappen is special''
After Pierre Gasly's victory, there are already many people calling for his return to Red Bull Racing. There replacement...
- Load more articles