Hamilton stands on the brink of a huge milestone, Raikkonen will equal Button’s start tally and a 65 year old record could be beaten. Here are the records which are up for grabs over the 2019 Italian Grand Prix weekend!
The Numbers and Milestones:
This will be the 1011th Formula 1 Grand Prix. It’ll be the 89th Italian Grand Prix since the first event was held in 1921 and the 70th Italian Grand Prix to appear on the F1 calendar. This weekend’s race will mark the 69th F1 race at the Monza circuit.
Kimi Raikkonen will equal Jenson Button’s tally of starts this weekend. Button started 306 races in his career, Raikkonen has contested in 305 so far. This will make Raikkonen the fourth-most experienced driver in F1 history.
The 49th lap of the 2019 Italian Grand Prix will be the 4,000th racing lap of the Monza circuit since F1 first visited the track in 1950.
The Records to Beat:
Lewis Hamilton stands on the brink of a huge milestone. He has led 141 Grands Prix so far in his career. Michael Schumacher is the current record holder for most Grands Prix led, having led 142 in his career. Therefore, should Hamilton lead a single lap of the Italian Grand Prix, he’ll become the driver to have led the equal-most Grands Prix in Formula 1 history.
Lewis Hamilton is currently tied with Michael Schumacher for the highest number of victories at the Italian Grand Prix. Each have won the event five times. Should Hamilton win this weekend, it’ll be a record-breaking sixth win for the Englishman. Meanwhile, if Sebastian Vettel wins, he’ll become only the fourth driver to have taken four wins at the event.
Lewis Hamilton could surpass a very old record this weekend! Alberto Ascari, who last led an Italian Grand Prix in 1954, holds the record for the most kilometres led at the event. In total he led 1,386km of races at Monza between 1950 and 1954, Stirling Moss is second on the list having led 1,268km here. Hamilton has currently led 1,263km of the Italian Grand Prix. Should he lead one lap on Sunday, he’ll surpass Moss’ record, while leading for 22 laps will see him break Ascari’s 65 year old record. In terms of laps led, Hamilton needs to lead only two laps to equal Ascari’s record of 220 laps led in Italy.
A top three finish for Lewis Hamilton will see him equal Michael Schumacher’s record of eight podium finishes at the Italian Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins this weekend, he’ll become only the second driver after Juan Manuel Fangio to have taken three consecutive victories at Monza. Fangio scored three wins in a row in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
If Kimi Raikkonen scores eight points here this weekend, he’ll become only the fourth driver to have scored 100 points at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers to have done so.
If Kimi Raikkonen takes pole position, he’ll become the ninth driver to have taken back-to-back poles at Monza.
A point for McLaren this weekend would see them become only the second team to have scored 300 points at the Italian Grand Prix, after Ferrari. But Mercedes could beat them to that record. They need 34 points to get to the 300 point milestone, which they could achieve with a 1-2, 1-3 or 1-4 finish.
So far in his career, Sebastian Vettel has set the fastest lap 36 times across 20 different Grands Prix. Only Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen have taken fastest laps at more different Grands Prix than Vettel. He could equal the record this weekend by setting the fastest lap at Monza. He’s never taken the fastest lap before at the Italian Grand Prix
Ferrari currently hold the record for most fastest laps for a team at a single Grand Prix, with 20 fastest laps at the British Grand Prix. They could equal their own record this weekend – a fastest lap at Monza would be their 20th fastest lap at the Italian Grand Prix. Should they do so, a fastest lap here would see them extend their record of fastest laps at a single circuit.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.