Italian GP Fast Facts
The Italian Grand Prix hasfeatured on the calendar everyyear since the world
championship’s inception in 1950.
The race has been held at Monzaeach time, save for 1980 whenthe event was run at Imola asMonza was being refurbished.
The 1980 race was won byNelson Piquet for Brabham. TheBrazilian thus became the firstdriver to win an Italian GP at twodifferent venues since the pre-F1era when Rudolf Caracciola wonfor Mercedes at Livorno in 1937,having also drivena Mercedes to victory in 1934 inpartnership with Luigi Fagioli.
The most successful driver inF1 here is Michael Schumacher,with five wins. All of the seven-
time champion’s Italian GP
victories were at the wheel of aFerrari, beginning in his firstseason with the team, 1996. Heal
so stood on the podium’s top
step in 1998, 2000, 2003 and2006.
Piquet is the next mostsuccessful driver, with four wins,
in 1980, ’83, ’86 and 1987.
Of the current drivers, just threehave won at Monza. SebastianVettel and Fernando Alonso arethe only current multiple winners,with two apiece, while LewisHamilton won last year.
Ferrari are by far the mostsuccessful constructor with 18victories. McLaren have 10, whileWilliams have six.
At the 2008 race, SebastianVettel, driving for Toro Rosso,
became the sport’s youngest ever
pole position man and followed itup by driving flawlessly in heavy
rain to become F1’s youngest race
winner at just 21 years of age.Previous record holder Fernando Alonso was 22 when he won the2003 Hungarian GP.
Vettel has, of course, gone on towin three world championshiptitles with Red Bull Racing. Monza,though, has been something of a
‘bogey’ circuit for the team. In 16
starts since its F1 debut in 2005,the team has recorded just onepodium finish -
Vettel’s 2011 win.Beyond that, the German’s fourthplace in 2010 is the outfit’s next
Since 2000, the race has beenwon from pole 10 times from 13events. Michael Schumacher wonfrom second in 2006, whileRubens Barrichello won fromfourth in 2002 and fifth in 2009.
Only once has the race beenwon from further back than 10thon the grid. That was Peter
Gethin’s famous 1971 win, when
the top five finishers wereseparated by just 0.61 seconds.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen took thelast of his three career victorieshere, for Jordan in 1999. Withthree races remaining, the win put
him firmly in contention for the ’99drivers’ title, but his hopes were
largely dashed at the very nextround, the European GP, whereafter securing pole positionelectrical failure saw him exit therace after 32 laps, while in the
lead. ►Force India’s Adrian Sutil
made the only front-row start of hiscareer so far at Monza in 2009.The German qualified secondbehind Lewis Hamilton and raced
to fourth. It’s his only top
-10 ItalianGP finish so far.
Italian GP Race StewardsBiographies
DEPUTY PRESIDENT, FIA INSTITUTE; DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MOTOR SPORT SAFETY; F1 ANDWTCC STEWARD; FIA WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCILMEMBER
Garry Connelly has been involved in motor sport since the late 1960s. Along-time rally competitor, Connelly was instrumental in bringing theWorld Rally Championship to Australia in 1988 and served as Chairmanof the Organising Committee, Board member and Clerk of Course of Rally Australia until December 2002. He has been an FIA Steward and
FIA Observer since 1989, covering the FIA’s World Rally
Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Formula OneChampionship. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Motor SportSafety and a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.