Mercedes have won all the last five Italian Grands Prix, Ferrari have finished on the podium in all but one season since 2010 and Red Bull haven’t finished on the podium here since 2013. Here’s how the teams’ histories compare at Monza!
Mercedes have won all of the last five Italian Grands Prix, scoring 1-2 finishes in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The team also won on both of their appearances at the Monza circuit during their first stint in the sport, recording a 1-2 finish in 1955. Since 2010, Mercedes have recorded just two non-finishes at the track – with Nico Rosberg crashing out on the first lap in 2011 and then suffering an engine failure in 2015. They’re the only two times a Mercedes driver has failed to score since 2010, with every entry aside from Rosberg’s in 2015 resulting in a podium finish for the past five seasons.
Mercedes have taken six poles in total at Monza, including two in their first two visits to the track in 1954 and 1955. Ferrari’s pole position last season ended a four-year streak of Italian Grand Prix pole positions for Mercedes. The team locked-out the front row in both 2014 and 2016, but last year marked the first time neither Mercedes driver qualified on the first row since 2013. Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are the only Mercedes drivers to have failed to qualify in the top ten in the team’s history at the track. Schumacher and Hamilton each qualified in twelfth in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
The dedicated tifosi turn out every year to support their beloved Ferrari team at their home event. The team have been present at all 68 F1 races held at Monza so far, and have had the most wins at the Monza circuit, with eighteen victories in total. Though they haven’t won here since Fernando Alonso took victory in 2010, Ferrari have at least finished on the podium in all but one year since then. That year was 2014, which is also the only occasion a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the end of the Italian Grand Prix in the last eleven years. Alonso’s engine failure that year is the only occasion that a Ferrari driver has failed to score points at the track since 2010. 2005 is the most recent season in which Ferrari failed to score a point at their home event.
Ferrari took their first pole position at Monza since 2010 last year, as Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest ever lap in F1 history. The team locked-out the front row for the seventh time at the circuit, and for the first time since 2000. In all of their visits to the track, 1969 and 1984 are the only occasions where neither Ferrari driver has qualified in the top ten. Since the three-stage qualifying system was introduced in 2006, Ferrari have never recorded a Q1 exit at the track, and have failed to reach Q3 on only three occasions – with Kimi Raikkonen in 2008 and 2014, and with Ferrari debutant Giancarlo Fisichella in 2009.
Red Bull have won twice at the Italian Grand Prix, taking their only double podium finish in Monza in 2013. They haven’t finished on the podium here since then. Red Bull have scored points in all but one season in the past eleven years, failing to score in 2012 as a result of their only double non-finish at the circuit. Daniel Ricciardo retired from last year’s race, marking the first time a Red Bull driver failed to score at the event since their double non-finish.
Red Bull have taken two pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix and locked-out the front row in 2012. Since then, Max Verstappen recorded Red Bull’s only front row qualification at the track in 2017, but started only thirteenth as a result of a power unit penalty. David Coulthard’s twentieth place in 2007 marks Red Bull’s worst qualifying position at the track, as well as the only time a Red Bull driver has been eliminated in Q1 here. The team have had at least one driver in Q3 in all but one of the last eleven seasons, with both Red Bulls eliminated in Q2 in 2015.
Renault won two consecutive Italian Grands Prix in 1981 and 1982, while 2005 is the only time since that the team have appeared on the podium. In 2005, both Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella finished in the top three. Last season was the first time since Renault’s return to the sport in 2016 where both drivers finished the race, as well as the first time the team scored points at the track since 2011, with Carlos Sainz finishing eighth.
Renault took pole position at Monza in both 1979 and 1981, locking-out the front row in 1979. There have been only four occasions from the team’s visits to the track where neither of their drivers have qualified in the top ten, including in both 2016 and 2017. 2016 is the only time both Renault drivers have been eliminated in Q1 at the Italian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz recorded Renault’s first Q3 appearance at Monza since the team’s return.
Romain Grosjean finished sixth in last year’s Italian Grand Prix, but was disqualified from the final result due to a technical infringement with the floor of his car. The disqualification means Haas are yet to score at the Monza circuit, with a best finish of eleventh, scored by both Grosjean in 2016 and Kevin Magnussen in 2017. The team are yet to record a retirement at the track.
Haas have reached the final part of qualifying twice so far at Monza, with Romain Grosjean scoring the team’s best Saturday result with sixth on the grid last season. 2017 marks the only time Haas have failed to progress past Q1 at the circuit, with both cars eliminated in the first part of qualifying.
McLaren have failed to score in all of the last four Italian Grands Prix, with Stoffel Vandoorne’s twelfth place finish last year being their only finish at the track in the last two seasons. The team have won at the track on ten occasions, most recently with Lewis Hamilton in 2012. The 2007 race is the only one at Monza in which McLaren have scored a 1-2 finish.
McLaren have taken eleven pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix and have locked-out the front row on four occasions. Stoffel Vandoorne qualified last on the grid for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix, marking the team’s third Q1 exit at Monza. Their other two both came in 2015, when a lack of power from the Honda engine prevented them from challenging any further up the grid on the power-reliant track. Since 2015, Vandoorne’s tenth place in qualifying in 2017 is the only time a McLaren driver has qualified in the top ten at the circuit – before that, Lewis Hamilton’s Q2 exit in 2008 was the only time a McLaren driver had failed to reach the final part of qualifying since the current system was introduced in 2006.
Racing Point (Force India)
Force India have scored points with both cars in all of the last four Italian Grands Prix. 2008, 2010 and 2013 are the only occasions where Force India failed to score at Monza, with the latter being their only double non-finish at the track. Adrian Sutil recorded the team’s best finish at the track with fourth place in 2009.
Last season, Sergio Perez recorded Force India’s first Q1 exit at Monza since 2012. Adrian Sutil recorded the team’s best ever qualifying result here with second on the grid in 2009. 2009 was one of only three occasions where both Force India drivers reached the final part of qualifying, the other times being in 2015 and 2016.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Alfa Romeo have enjoyed success at Monza in the past. Giuseppe Farina won the first F1 race at the Monza circuit in 1950 and was crowned the very first World Champion as a result. Meanwhile, later in their history, Riccardo Patrese took Alfa Romeo’s 26th and latest podium in F1 at the 1984 Italian Grand Prix.
The Sauber team have failed to score in all of the last three seasons at the Italian Grand Prix. They have taken four podium finishes here – third places with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1995 and with Robert Kubica in 2006 and 2008 and a best-ever second place for Sergio Perez in the 2012 race. The team’s best qualifying result at the track is third, achieved by Nick Heidfeld in 2006 and by Nico Hulkenberg in 2013. Both of Sauber’s drivers have been eliminated in the first part of qualifying in all of the last three years.
Formula 1’s smaller Italian team had their moment in the sun at Monza in 2008, as Sebastian Vettel took pole and won the Italian Grand Prix. It remains the team’s only win in their history. It’s also one of only four occasions where a Toro Rosso driver has picked up points at the event. Jaime Alguersuari and Daniel Ricciardo each picked up seventh place finishes in 2011 and 2013 respectively, while Sebastien Buemi’s tenth place in 2011 is the only other time a Toro Rosso driver has scored here. The team have recorded five DNFs in total at the track, including two in the last three seasons.
Other than the year in which Sebastian Vettel took Toro Rosso’s only pole position, 2013 is the only other season where both Toro Rosso drivers have qualified in the top ten at the circuit, while Pierre Gasly recorded the team’s first Q3 appearance in five years with ninth on the grid last season. 2009 is the only year where both cars have been eliminated in Q1.
Williams have taken six victories at the Italian Grand Prix, their most recent coming at the 2001 event. Since then, they’ve taken three podium finishes here – a second place for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002, and third place finishes for Felipe Massa in both 2014 and 2015. Despite their decline in form in recent seasons, Williams have still managed to pick up points with both cars at the track, doing so in every year of the hybrid era so far.
Williams have taken nine poles at the Italian Grand Prix, most recently with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002. The team lined up on the front row of the grid at Monza for the first time in thirteen years in 2017, as Lance Stroll was promoted to second on the grid after qualifying fourth, following grid penalties for his competitors. Williams haven’t recorded a Q1 elimination at the Italian Grand Prix since 2013 and have reached the final part of qualifying at the track with all but two of their last ten entries.
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