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Trackside – 2017 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

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Get the most out of your trackside experience at Monza for the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race takes place on September 1-3, 2017.

All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. 

The Monza circuit  is located within the 4th largest city park in Europe, measuring 688 hectares. Unless you are being whisked by private car to the Paddock Club, you’ll cover a lot of ground on foot over the weekend; the distances from the shuttle drop-off points to the entrance gates are long, and you’ll also have to walk to your seat inside the circuit. The experience for fans at Monza is a little disorganized and chaotic, but that’s the Italian way and it’s part of the historic circuit’s charm. Going General Admission? Bring along a fold-up chair and/or a picnic blanked to make your day a little more comfortable. Binoculars are a good idea, particularly if you are a long way from the big TV screen and want to stay up to date with lap charts and leaderboards. The weather is generally hot and sunny at Monza in the late Italian summer, and most grandstands are uncovered, so don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen and to wear light, comfortable clothing.

Access & Orientation

Read the Getting There & Around section of our guide for detailed information on how to get to Monza. You are not supposed to bring in any glass bottles or alcohol to the circuit, but the security is pretty lax and bag searches are not common, or thorough. Once you have arrived, seven gates (ingresso A-G) provide access for fans to the circuit:

> Gates A, G & F: on the eastern side of the circuit, closest to Parabolica. This is also the area where the shuttle buses drop fans off.

> Gates B & C: on the south side of the circuit, closest to the stands on the pit straight and the opening Variante del Rettifilo.

> Gate D: on the northwest corner of the circuit, close to the Lesmo corners and the Biassono train station. Not the greatest entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands, as the walk will be a long one.

>Gate E: on the north part of the circuit, this is the best entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands on the Ascari chicane.

Thursday pitlane walk for 3-day ticket holders

  • When? Thursday, August 31 from 16:00-18:00 (last entry to the pitlane is at 17:30.)
  • Driver’s autograph session from 16:30-17:00 (we recommend going here instead for autographs)
  • You can park inside the circuit on Thursday only (€10 for cars, €5 for motorbikes); enter via gates A, B and F (via Vedano, Santa Maria delle Selve and Golf club).
  • Avoid if you don’t like crowds or confined spaces!

2017 Italian GP schedule

The on-track schedule at Monza this year features action from F1’s two main feeder series, Formula 2 and GP3, both of which will feature two races; a longer feature race on Saturday afternoon and a shorter, sprint race on Sunday morning. There will also be Porsche Supercup racing.

Friday, September 1

  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
  • 11:55-12:40: Formula 2  practice
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
  • 16:20-16:50: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:10-17:55: Porsche Supercup practice
  • 18:15-19:00: GP3 practice

Saturday, September 2

  • 09:45-10:15: GP3 qualifying
  • 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 free practice 3
  • 12:05-12:10: Honda 50th anniversary parade
  • 12:25-12:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:00-17:05 Formula 2 feature race (30 laps or 60 mins)
  • 17:50-18:35 GP3 feature race (22 laps or 40 mins)

Sunday, September 3

  • 09:00-09:35: GP3 sprint race (17 laps or 30 mins)
  • 10:15-11:05: Formula 2 sprint race (21 laps or 45 mins)
  • 11:25-12:00: Porsche Supercup race (14 laps or 30 mins)
  • 12:10-12:15: Honda 50th anniversary parade
  • 12:25-12:30: Ferrari historic parade (1 lap)
  • 12:30-12:40: F1 Driver’s Parade
  • 12:45-13:15: F1 Grid Presentation
  • 14:00: Formula 1 Grand Prix of Italy (53 laps or 120 mins)
  • 16:00 (approx): Winner’s Podium Ceremony
Free Friday
Monza operates a ‘Free Friday’ policy, meaning you have open access to all the grandstands around the circuit (apart from the Main Grandstand on the pit straight), even with a General Admission ticket. This is a great opportunity to check out different parts of the circuit; just make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Friday tickets cost just €50 – buy here.
Watching the podium celebrations after the race
A trip to Monza wouldn’t be complete without joining the tifosi on the track for the podium celebrations after the race. The organizers open up the track just a few minutes after the winner has crossed the line. The best place to get access is in front of the main grandstand. Fans begin gathering at least 30 minutes before the end of the race, then make a sprint for it when the gates are opened. Access is also provided from the grandstands directly opposite the podium and from other points around the track.

Facilities

Monza is a historic track and hasn’t received the investment it probably needs for upkeep. This means that the facilities are a little tired, but the picturesque park surroundings go a long way to making up for this. The toilets are mainly of the portable variety, but they are kept fairly clean and queues are infrequent, except at peak times on race day. There’s also a fan village behind the pit straight grandstands with live music, displays and merchandise on sale, check out the pictures below.

Food & Drink

If you are on a budget, visit a shop before you head to the circuit to stock up on food and drink, but to be on the safe side, don’t attempt to bring in any glass bottles to the circuit. Being Italy, the food and drink on offer at Monza is better than at other circuits, but still overpriced. Check our 2014 pictures for examples of the kind of food on offer and prices. Expect to pay 1 for bottled water, 4-6 for beer and softdrinks and 5-10 for meals. There are food and drink stalls located all around the circuit and prices vary. If you want to save a few Euros, there are also cheaper food and drink stalls just outside the circuit and passouts are available (near the Vedano gate, closest to Parabolica, for example).

The Old Banked Circuit

You can’t visit Monza without checking out the historic banked circuit which still surrounds the current circuit. Access is supposed to be off-limits, but this is Italy and there are plenty of spots where you can sneak through the fence and take a look. The best time to do this is earlier in the weekend before the crowds descend and there is more security (e.g. on Thursday, when the fan’s pitlane walk is on). A good place to enter is on the section at the eastern end of the circuit, close to the Parabolica.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

Comments (19)

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  1. Tony Jimenez says:

    We have seats in 6c what gate is best to enter

  2. R says:

    Hi, great site! Appreciate the work that is done :)
    I am heading to Monza in 2017 and bought tickets for Ascari 12. On your website i read that the best entrance is E

    >Gate E: on the north part of the circuit, this is the best entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands on the Ascari chicane.<

    On the website of Monza or any of the maps i see that i need to get entrance A? What is the best entrance for Ascari 12, any tips for a good parking spot?

    Kr R

  3. Neil says:

    The dates listed on this page for the 2017 event are wrong, will this be updated anytime soon?

  4. Andrea Dodd says:

    Hiya

    I have main grandstand tickets for Monza, I’d love to be able to have paddock and pits access, any ideas of how I can get passes/tickets for this ?

    many thanks

    Andrea

    • Editor says:

      Hi Andrea, I don’t believe there is such an ‘add on’ for paddock/pits access. Normally this is sold together with tickets and used to be only Paddock Club, which is very expensive. This year, there is also the F1 Experiences offer which is cheaper than Paddock Club, but still expensive.

  5. Debbie says:

    Hi we are going to Monza and getting the train from Como then hopefully the free shuttle bus to the track. Are there big queues to get into the track, we have GA tickets? Trying to decide when to leave Como as don’t want to miss the earlier races. Also, when would you advise getting a spot and staying there so we get a good view of the actual race? I take it the good spots are taken early but we would like to walk around too? Thinking of watching from Ascari. Any advice appreciated. Cheers, Debbie

  6. capiaux says:

    Hi, with 3 days ticket (général admission) we have pit lane walk in thursday ?

  7. Allvan says:

    Late decision to go to the circuit and travelling all the way from Namibia in Africa. Any recomendations for the best online ticketing sales services and considering the costs of these tickets where would the best seats be for the cheaper type of tickets.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Allvan, you’ve made a great choice. Monza is awesome! We recommend buying from Gootickets, our partner. You will also be supporting the development of our site! As it is getting closer to the race, I suggest you pick up your tickets at the track, it will be cheaper too. If you are on a budget, go for General Admission at 100 EUR for 3 days.

  8. Denise Barbour says:

    We have 3 days tickets and will be going to the pit walk on Thursday. We are intending to have a hire car just to get to and from Malpensa to our apartment in the centre of Milan (close to main railway station) BUT we were thinking of driving out to the circuit on the Thursday for the pit walk. Would there be parking close by and available on the Thursday. We wouldn’t consider driving for the race weekend, a cold beer is a must for race weekends!!! Also we have main straight bleacher tickets 27D for the weekend. Would we be better getting the train to Monza station on Sunday rather than the other train available?

    Thanks
    Denise

    • Editor says:

      Hi Denise, driving to the circuit on Thursday for the pitlane walk is a good idea. Here’s the 2017 info from the Monza website: “Only for Thursday, the 3-days ticket holders can park inside the circuit (10 euro for a car, 5 euro for a motorbike). The entrances open are A, B and F (via Vedano, Santa Maria delle Selve and Golf club).” I agree with taking public transport on the other days. For the main straight bleachers, you are best taking the train to Monza station, followed by the Black shuttle bus. We’ve just updated the Getting There and Around section for 2017, more info there! Enjoy the weekend.

  9. Ian says:

    Hi, we have 3-day tickets for Monza at prima varianti but we have limited mobility due to cardiac issues, is there a disabled courtesy bus/buggy and can it be booked. Can a taxi drop us at Ingresso C? Great site BTW.

  10. AAron says:

    Hi

    I bought tix for GA on bookf1.com, but the tix for the Monza Gp have not yet been received by the company. Did anyone else receive their tix?

    Thanks

    • Editor says:

      Hi Aaron, we don’t co-operate with BookF1, so I can’t help you out. But they are a reputable tickets company, I am sure they will do everything in their power to get the tickets to you in time. Worst case scenario, you will be able to collect at the track I guess.

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