Mercedes have won five of the last six Italian Grands Prix, Red Bull have not finished on the podium since 2013 and Williams have recorded only one retirement in the last seventeen years. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Monza!
WINS: 7, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 14, FINISH RATE: 92% | 2019 RESULT: BOTTAS 2nd, HAMILTON 3rd
Ferrari ended a five-year winning streak for Mercedes at last year’s Italian Grand Prix. Mercedes won all five Italian Grands Prix between 2014 and 2018, 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. Though they didn’t win last year, both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium. Impressively, Nico Rosberg’s DNF from an engine failure in 2015 is the only occasion that a Mercedes driver has not finished on the podium at Monza in the V6 hybrid era. Rosberg is responsible for Mercedes’ only other DNF at the track since rejoining Formula 1, crashing out on the first lap in 2011. The team have never failed to score at Monza.
Mercedes have taken six poles in total at the Italian Grand Prix, including two in their first two visits to the track in 1954 and 1955. In the last two years, Lewis Hamilton’s second place in qualifying last year is the only time a Mercedes driver has qualified on the front row here. The team locked-out the front row in both 2014 and 2016. 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.
WINS: 19, POLES: 21, PODIUMS: 70, FINISH RATE: 78% | 2019 RESULT: LECLERC 1st, VETTEL 13th
The dedicated tifosi turn out every year to support their beloved Ferrari team at their home event. Though the tifosi won’t be in place this year due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Ferrari will be keen to impress on home soil in their 999th Grand Prix. The team have been present at all 69 F1 races held at Monza so far, and have had the most wins at the Monza circuit, with nineteen victories in total. Charles Leclerc brought Ferrari their first home win since 2010 last season. Since 2009, 2014 is the only year that neither Ferrari driver has finished on the podium at the track. 2014 is also the only occasion a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the end of the Italian Grand Prix in the last eleven years. Until 2019, Fernando Alonso’s engine failure that year was the only occasion that a Ferrari driver has failed to score points at the track since 2010, but Sebastian Vettel finished only thirteenth last year. 2005 is the most recent season in which Ferrari failed to score a point at their home event.
Ferrari have taken pole position at the Italian Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons. Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest ever lap in F1 history in qualifying for the 2018 event. The team locked-out the front row for the seventh time at the circuit in 2018, 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.
WINS: 2, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 3, FINISH RATE: 80% | 2019 RESULT: ALBON 6th, VERSTAPPEN 8th
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 the 2018 race, marking the only time a Red Bull driver has failed to score at Monza in the last seven seasons.
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 and Max Verstappen’s twentieth places in 2007 and 2019 respectively mark Red Bull’s worst qualifying position at the track, as well as the only times 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 twelve seasons, with both Red Bulls eliminated in Q2 in 2015.
WINS: 10, POLES: 11, PODIUMS: 26, FINISH RATE: 65% | 2019 RESULT: NORRIS 10th, SAINZ DNF
Lando Norris finished tenth in last year’s Italian Grand Prix, giving McLaren their first point at the Italian Grand Prix since 2014. At least one of their cars has retired from the event in all of the last three years. The team’s double DNF in 2017 was their first double retirement at Monza since 2001. 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. McLaren have reached Q3 only twice in the last five seasons. Stoffel Vandoorne qualified tenth in 2017 while Carlos Sainz set the seventh fastest time last year. 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. Between 1988 and 2014, there were only two occasions that one of the team’s drivers failed to qualify in the top ten at Monza!
WINS: 2, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 5, FINISH RATE: 62% | 2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 4th, HULKENBERG 5th
Renault won two consecutive Italian Grands Prix in 1981 and 1982, while 2005 is the only time since then that the team have appeared on the podium. In 2005, both Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella finished in the top three. Renault had a race to remember last year with both cars finishing in the top five. It was the first time Renault had scored with both cars at the track since 2005. Carlos Sainz’s eighth place in 2018 was the first time the team scored at Monza since their return to the sport.
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 in 2018, and both drivers reached the top ten in qualifying last year. Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth place last season was Renault’s best qualifying result at Monza since Fernando Alonso qualified third in 2005.
WINS: 1, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 1, FINISH RATE: 79% | 2019 RESULT: GASLY 11th, KVYAT DNF
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 Italian Grand Prix. The team have not scored here since 2013. 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 six DNFs in total at the track, including three in the last four 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 in 2018. Both Gasly and Daniil Kvyat were out in Q2 last season. 2009 is the only year where both cars have been eliminated in Q1.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 79% | 2019 RESULT: PEREZ 7th, STROLL 12th
The former Force India team have scored points in all of the last six Italian Grands Prix. Both cars scored in every race between 2015 and 2018. 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. With twelfth place last year, Lance Stroll became the team’s first driver to fail to score at Monza since 2014.
The Silverstone-based team have appeared in Q3 with at least one car in all of the last six seasons. 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. The team have been eliminated in Q1 only five times since 2008, including with Sergio Perez in each of the last two seasons.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 4, FINISH RATE: 70% | 2019 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 9th, RAIKKONEN 15th
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.
Antonio Giovinazzi’s ninth place for the former Sauber team last year marked the first time since 2015 that the team have scored points here. Sauber 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 were eliminated in the first part of qualifying in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Last year, neither driver was out in Q1. Antonio Giovinazzi was eliminated in Q2, while Kimi Raikkonen reached Q3 but crashed out and was unable to set a lap time. The Finn ultimately started from the pit-lane.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: GROSJEAN 16th, MAGNUSSEN DNF
Haas are yet to score at the Italian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean finished sixth in the 2018 Italian Grand Prix, but was disqualified from the final result due to a technical infringement with the floor of his car. Haas’ best finish here is eleventh, scored by both Grosjean in 2016 and Kevin Magnussen in 2017. Magnussen became the team’s first retiree at Monza last season, while neither Haas driver has been classified in a position higher than sixteenth in the last two seasons.
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 in 2018. 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. Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s third Q1 exit here last year.
WINS: 6, POLES: 9, PODIUMS: 19, FINISH RATE: 78% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 14th, KUBICA 17th
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. Last season marked the first time that Williams failed to score at the circuit since 2013. All five previous races had resulted in both cars picking up points. In the last seventeen years, Nico Rosberg’s retirement in 2006 is the only time a Williams driver has failed to cross the finish line at the Italian Grand Prix.
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. Last season marked the first time that neither Williams driver reached Q3 at the circuit since 2013, with the team recording only their second double Q1 elimination at the track – their first since 2009.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth 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 GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.