Race Facts – Italian Grand Prix at Monza

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The oldest circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar, Monza can trace its history back to 1922, when it hosted the Italian Grand Prix for the first time.

The original circuit layout stretched to over 10km and included a 5.5km road section broadly similar to today’s layout plus a 4.5km loop, which was redeveloped into a high-speed banked oval in the 1950s. Monza was one of four current Formula 1 circuits which formed part of the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship in 1950 and since then, has only been absent once (in 1980, when the Italian Grand Prix was held at Imola). The 10km layout of the circuit including the banked oval was used for four races in the late 1950s before the organisers reverted to the shorter layout over safety concerns following several fatal accidents. Further circuit alterations have taken place over the years to reduce speeds at Monza , including the addition of the Variante del Rettifilo and Variante Ascari chicanes.

Set in the grounds of the largest city park in Europe, Monza has a special home in the hearts of F1 fans, not least the fanatical local ‘tifosi’, most of whom support Ferrari. The circuit has grandstand capacity for just over 50 000 fans and can accommodate well over 100 000 fans including general admission areas. A new 3-year deal to keep the Italian GP at Monza until 2019 was signed late last year, but the long-term future of the race still remains in doubt.

Italian GP: did you know?

  • Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most wins at Monza with five, followed by Nelson Piquet who won on four occasions.
  • Ferrari are the most successful team at Monza, having won the race 18 times, the most recent of which was with Fernando Alonso in 2010.
  • Sebastian Vettel’s surprise win at Monza in 2008 for Torro Rosso made him the youngest ever winner of a Grand Prix at 21 years, 2 months and 11 days old.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest lap in a Formula 1 car at Monza in 2004. His time of 1m19.525s was achieved at an average speed of 162.949 m/ph (262.241 km/h)
  • The circuit is unique on the current Formula 1 calendar for its mix of long straights and slow chicanes. The low downforce circuit puts strain on engines, which are on full power for 80% of the lap, and gearboxes, which are used heavily in the chicanes.

 

Monza Facts

Circuit NameAutodromo Nazionale di Monza
Track Length5.793km (10 turns)
Race Distance53 laps (306.72 km)
Lap Record1:21.046, Rubens Barichello (Ferrari), 2004
2016 result1st Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:17:28.089
2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) + 15.070s
3rd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) + 20.990s

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