Need To Know: 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads to the ‘Temple of Speed’ at Monza for the fourteenth round of the 2021 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the Italian Grand Prix weekend on September 10-12, 2021!

The final race of Formula 1’s latest European triple header takes place at Monza. Monza has hosted more Formula 1 races than any other circuit, with 1980 being the only season that the track didn’t appear on the schedule. Renowned for being the fastest circuit on the calendar, the circuit is visited annually by the devoted Tifosi, who will no doubt be out in force again this weekend.

As you’d probably expect, there are plenty of motorsport-related places to see during your visit to the Italian Grand Prix. Whether you’re planning a trip further afield to Maranello or Imola, or you’re looking to visit the Alfa Romeo museum or the Ferrari store in Milan, we’ve rounded up the best places to go on your Italian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Monza for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Half capacity crowd

The Italian Grand Prix usually draws a weekend crowd which nears 200,000. However, this season Monza will run its race with a half capacity crowd due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no general admission access for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

In 2019, Monza offered the seventh-cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets of the season and the sixth-cheapest grandstand with a view of the starting grid. Unfortunately, prices have soared for the 2021 event – perhaps as a direct result of the event being run with only 50% of usual spectator numbers. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Italian Grand Prix.

Coronavirus protocols

The Italian Grand Prix welcomes back fans for the first time since 2019, when the Tifosi were treated to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc taking victory. 

To be permitted entry to this year’s race, you will need four documents: valid ID, your ticket (in paper or digital format), a Green Pass (EU Digital Covid Certificate) and an online check in receipt with QR code. Event organisers advise that the latter online check in should be completed the day before your arrival at the circuit. More information can be found here. Advice for non-EU ticket holders and exemptions can be found here.

Getting to the circuit

Located 16km north of Milan’s city centre, Monza is accessible by car, taxi, train or other public transport. We recommend travelling by train, as the local roads can get busy over the race weekend. 

It’s important to note that, unlike in previous years, shuttle buses from Monza railway station will not be operating over the 2021 Italian Grand Prix weekend. Instead, you can take the Z221 bus from outside the station to Vedano (close to the main entrance) or Biassono (top of the circuit, near Lesmo). For more information on getting to the track, click here.  

Sprint Qualifying

After its debut at the British Grand Prix, Sprint Qualifying gets a second outing at the Italian Grand Prix. The format means that there’s a different weekend schedule to normal. There will be a single hour of Free Practice on Friday afternoon before the traditional qualifying hour on Friday evening. This sets the grid for Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying event. After a second hour of Free Practice on Saturday, the Grand Prix grid is set in Sprint Qualifying – a 30 minute sprint race, with no pit stops.

At the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the qualifying hour on Friday evening, but Max Verstappen took pole position as a result of winning Sprint Qualifying. With the nature of Monza’s high speed track, where slipstreaming and overtaking is possible, Saturday’s dash to the line could be a very entertaining affair.

Support races and off track entertainment

As well as soaking up the F1 action, there are three support categories on the schedule at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. Formula 2, Porsche Supercup and Sports Prototype Cup are all on this weekend’s support bill. There will be three Formula 2 races over the weekend, as well as two Sports Prototype Cup races. 

Unusually, Monza features a double header of Porsche Supercup races. This is as a result of the race over the British Grand Prix weekend being cancelled due to travel restrictions. The Italian Grand Prix marks the final race weekend for the series in 2021. Larry ten Voorde currently leads the standings. 

You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page. Be aware that in recent years, circuit security have imposed a strict – and often bizarre – ban on bringing certain items into the venue, including power banks. Caps will also be removed from plastic bottles on safety grounds, so it’s worth taking a spare cap in your pocket just in case! The full list of prohibited items can be found here.

If you’re not at Monza for this year’s Italian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

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