Italian Grand Prix, Monza THU 05 SEP - SUN 08 SEP 2019
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Italian Grand Prix – History

Italian grand prix racetrack

The 2019 Italian Grand Prix will be hosted at the same circuit that helped to create a historical event. Formula 1 Monza is an iconic name in this spectacular sport. The first track was built in 1922 by 3,600 workers, financed by the Milan Automobile Club. The initial track was a wonderful 3.4 square kilometers site comprising a 5.5-km road track and a 4.5-km loop track. The second Italian Grand Prix was held there on September 10, 1922.

Italian Grand Prix Winners

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is the defending race champion, winning both the 2014 and 2015 races. Before him Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault (at the time) won in 2013. Hamilton lifted the throphy in 2012.

Michael Schumaher is the F1 driver with the most wins (5) and Ferrari is the constructor with the most wins (19). Nelson Piquet won the Italian Grand prix four times.

Italian Grand Prix Winners Year by Year
Season Driver Constructor Result
2018
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1:16:54.484
2017
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1:15:32.312
2016
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes 1:17:28.089
2015
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1:18:00.688
2014
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 11:19:10.236
2013
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull Racing Renault 1:18:33.352
2012
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes 1:19:41.221
2011
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull Racing Renault 1:20:46.172
2010
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari 1:16:24.572
2009
Rubens Barrichello
Brawn-Mercedes 1:16:21.706
2008
Sebastian Vettel
STR Ferrari 1:26:47.494
Autodromo Nazionale Monza – Interesting Facts
Monza racetrack gp Italy 2016

The most serious racing accident in the history of Monza took place in 1928 when Italian racing accident ended with the death of pro driver Emilio Materassi and other 28 spectators at the event. The Italian Grand Prix was confined to the high-speed loop till 1932. Further on, the 1993 event saw three deaths and the layout was quickly changed, two extra chicanes being added.

One of the major rebuildings took place between 1938 and 1939, when the Milan Automobile Club (the owner) constructed new stands, resurfaced the Formula 1 Monza track and added two new bends. The new layout had a lap of almost 6290 kilometres, which was in use till 1954. The WWII suspended racing at the track until 1948 and huge parts of the circuit degraded due to the lack of maintenance. Monza was renovated again in 1948 and the first Italian Grand Prix after the World War II was held in October that year.

High Speed Oval
Monza circuit Italian grand prix

In 1954, work on the circuit began again, with the sole purpose of revamping it. The new track had 5.750 kilometres with an added high-speed oval of 4.240 kilometres. The track infrastructure was highly updated to allow cars run parallel and accommodate spectators and teams. The Formula 1 Circuit Italy is also known for having hosted the Race of Two Worlds in 1957 and 1958 – when European Formula One cars raced against United Stated Club Indy Cars.

Probably the most safety conscious years started after the death of beloved Ayrton Senna – one of the best F1 drivers in history – in 1994. Autodromo Nazionale Monza went through significant changes over the years, mostly because the Grand Prix of Italy became larger and larger. You should know that in late 2019, work will begin on a bend that will actually bypass the Curva Grande and the first chicane. Drivers will go through a fast part entering the old Pirelli circuit. Work will be completed by 2019.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza owners want to regain the Formula One speed record with these new upgrades, given that it was recently taken by the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.

Multiple winners (drivers)
№ of wins Driver Years
5
Lewis Hamilton
2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
3
Sebastian Vettel
2008, 2011, 2013
1
Nico Rosberg
2016
1
Fernando Alonso
2010
1
Rubens Barrichello
2009
Constructors
№ of wins Constructor Years
5
Mercedes
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2
Red Bull Racing Renault
2011, 2013
1
McLaren-Mercedes
2012
1
Ferrari
2010
1
Brawn-Mercedes
2009
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