Italian Grand Prix - Monza, 09/07/2014

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

The track was built in the year 1922, bearing the official name of Autodromo Nazionale, in the Royal Garden in Monza. It is one of the legendary circuits in motorsport and home of the Italian GP in the Formula One Championship, which has been held since 1950. Only once, in 1980, the Italian GP was held on the track in Imola. At the Monza circuit it’s history all over the place, with the steep turns, testimonials of a glorious past, made even more exciting by one more thing, a special title, worn by the track: “Temple of Speed”. On no other track in the Championship the Formula One cars drive 75% with a fully open throttle, reaching such elevated speeds. The long straights, interrupted by chicanes (gradually introduced over the years to counteract the cars’ improving performance) take the single-seaters up to speeds of over 320 km/h in four different points on the track, with a top speed of 340 km/h on the main straight. These characteristics demand a low aerodynamic load, to minimise drag. Aerodynamics is especially studied for this race. At the same time a good mechanical grip is fundamental for not losing any time, while attacking the infamous kerbs at the chicanes.

Keep an eye on
Although every bend in Monza is a challenge for the drivers in their single-seaters, which aren’t easy to control due to the low load, the Lesmo corners are particularly delicate: it’s a questions of milliseconds coming out of the second Lesmo with 180 km/h losing the racing line and finding oneself in the run-off area. Attention at the first chicane, where on 15- metres the single-seaters decelerate from 340 to 80 km/h.

Did you know that
In its home race the Scuderia won 18 times and at every success the fans invade the track to celebrate their team right in front of the podium. Ferrari’s last victory in Monza was signed by Fernando Alonso in 2010, while the Ferrarista with the most wins here is Michael Schumacher: 5 victories at the Italian GP for the German driver. And then there were many unforgettable successful moments such as the one-two win on 11 September 1988: that year McLaren dominated the series, but Prost had to retire due to a mechanical problem and Senna was out after an accident with a lapped car. Berger and Alboreto crossed the line in first and second position. The spectators but also the team wer enthusiastic and moved by this win, less than a month after Enzo Ferrari’s death.

  • Victories

    1. 1951 Ascari375 F1
    2. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    3. 1960 Hill256 F1
    4. 1961 Hill156 F1
    5. 1964 Surtees158 F1
    6. 1966 Scarfiotti312 F1-66
    7. 1970 Regazzoni312 B
    8. 1975 Regazzoni312 T
    9. 1979 Scheckter312 T4
    10. 1988 BergerF1-87/88
    11. 1996 SchumacherF310
    12. 1998 SchumacherF300
    13. 2000 SchumacherF1-2000
    14. 2002 BarrichelloF2002
    15. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
    16. 2004 BarrichelloF2004
    17. 2006 Schumacher248 F1
    18. 2010 AlonsoF10
  • Pole Positions

    1. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    2. 1953 Ascari500 F2
    3. 1956 FangioD50
    4. 1960 Hill256 F1
    5. 1961 Von Trips156 F1
    6. 1963 Surtees156 F1-63
    7. 1964 Surtees158 F1
    8. 1966 Parkes312 F1-66
    9. 1970 Ickx312 B
    10. 1972 Ickx312 B
    11. 1974 Lauda312 B3-74
    12. 1975 Lauda312 T
    13. 1982 Andretti126 C2
    14. 1994 Alesi412 T1
    15. 1998 SchumacherF300
    16. 2000 SchumacherF1-2000
    17. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
    18. 2004 BarrichelloF2004
    19. 2010 AlonsoF10
  • Race best laps

    1. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    2. 1954 Gonzales553 F1
    3. 1958 Hill246 F1
    4. 1959 Hill256 F1
    5. 1960 Hill256 F1
    6. 1961 Baghetti156 F1
    7. 1964 Surtees158 F1
    8. 1966 Scarfiotti312 F1-66
    9. 1970 Regazzoni312 B
    10. 1972 Ickx312 B
    11. 1975 Regazzoni312 T
    12. 1988 AlboretoF1-87/88
    13. 1995 Berger412 T2
    14. 1996 SchumacherF310
    15. 2002 BarrichelloF2002
    16. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
    17. 2004 BarrichelloF2004
    18. 2008 RaikkonenF2008
    19. 2010 AlonsoF10
  • Podiums

    1. First place:18 times
    2. Second place:25 times
    3. Third place:21 times
  • Hall of Honours

    1. 1950 G. FarinaALFA ROMEO
    2. 1951 A. AscariFERRARI
    3. 1952 A. AscariFERRARI
    4. 1953 J. M. FangioMASERATI
    5. 1954 J. M. FangioMERCEDES
    6. 1955 J. M. FangioMERCEDES
    7. 1956 S. MossMASERATI
    8. 1957 S. MossVANWALL
    9. 1958 T. BrooksVANWALL
    10. 1959 S. MossCOOPER-CLIMAX
    11. 1960 P. HillFERRARI
    12. 1961 P. HillFERRARI
    13. 1962 G. HillFERRARI
    14. 1963 J. ClarkLOTUS-CLIMAX
    15. 1964 J. SurteesFERRARI
    16. 1965 J. StewartBRM
    17. 1966 L. ScarfiottiFERRARI
    18. 1967 J. SurteesHONDA
    19. 1968 D. HulmeMCLAREN-FORD
    20. 1969 J. StewartMATRA-FORD
    21. 1970 C. RegazzoniFERRARI
    22. 1971 P. GethinBRM
    23. 1972 E. FittipaldiLOTUS-FORD
    24. 1973 R. PetersonLOTUS-FORD
    25. 1974 R. PetersonLOTUS-FORD
    26. 1975 C. RegazzoniFERRARI
    27. 1976 R. PetersonMARCH-FORD
    28. 1977 M. AndrettiLOTUS-FORD
    29. 1978 N. LaudaBRABHAM-ALFA ROMEO
    30. 1979 J. ScheckterFERRARI
    31. 1980 N. PiquetBRABHAM-FORD
    32. 1981 A. ProstRENAULT
    33. 1982 R. ArnouxRENAULT
    34. 1983 N. PiquetBRABHAM-BMW
    35. 1984 N. LaudaMCLAREN-PORSCHE
    36. 1985 A. ProstMCLAREN-PORSCHE
    37. 1986 N. PiquetWILLIAMS-HONDA
    38. 1987 N. PiquetWILLIAMS-HONDA
    39. 1988 G. BergerFERRARI
    40. 1989 A. ProstMCLAREN-HONDA
    41. 1990 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    42. 1991 N. MansellWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    43. 1992 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    44. 1993 D. HillWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    45. 1994 D. HillWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    46. 1995 J. HerbertBENETTON-RENAULT
    47. 1996 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    48. 1997 D. CoulthardMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    49. 1998 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    50. 1999 H-H. FrentzenJORDAN-MUGEN HONDA
    51. 2000 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    52. 2001 J. P. MontoyaWILLIAMS-BMW
    53. 2002 R. BarrichelloFERRARI
    54. 2003 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    55. 2004 R. BarrichelloFERRARI
    56. 2005 J. P. MontoyaMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    57. 2006 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    58. 2007 F. AlonsoMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    59. 2008 S. VettelTORO ROSSO-FERRARI
    60. 2009 R. BarrichelloBRAWN GP-MERCEDES
    61. 2010 F. AlonsoFERRARI
    62. 2011 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
    63. 2012 L. HamiltonMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    64. 2013 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT

Updated at the end of season 2013