?? THE 2020 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 8. 4th – 6th September.
1026th F1 GRAND PRIX | 90th ITALIAN GRAND PRIX | 70th GRAND PRIX AT MONZA
2019 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2019 WINNER: CHARLES LECLERC
Friday 4th September
Free Practice 1 (11am Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 5th September
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 6th September
The 2020 Italian Grand Prix (3:10pm Local Time/ 2:10pm UK Time)
- Information about the race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be posted here.
?? WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS
- This will be the 70th Formula 1 race to have been held at the Monza circuit.
- A win for Lewis Hamilton this weekend would see him surpass Michael Schumacher’s record tally of five wins at the Italian Grand Prix.
- If Lewis Hamilton finishes on the podium this weekend, he will become the outright record holder for most podium finishes at the Italian Grand Prix. He currently shares the accolade with Michael Schumacher, each having eight podium finishes apiece.
- A win for Charles Leclerc would make him the eighth driver to have won consecutive F1 races at the Monza circuit. Pole position would make him the ninth driver to secure back-to-back poles at the track.
- The record for the fastest ever lap in F1 history could be broken this weekend. The current record belongs to Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix at an average lap speed of 263.588km/h.
You can find more information about the records which could be broken this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Break post.
ALL THE INFO
Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the race!
- Monza: The Ultimate Track Guide
- Monza Track Stats
- Milestones and Records to Break
- Team Form
- Driver Form
- Grid Slot Stats
- 2019 Italian Grand Prix Statistics
- 2018 Italian Grand Prix Statistics
2019 RACE RECAP
Charles Leclerc powered to pole for the Italian Grand Prix and brought Ferrari their first home victory since 2010, much to the delight of the loyal tifosi.
Saturday’s qualifying session led to a farcical situation at the end of Q3 where Carlos Sainz was the only driver who reached the chequered flag in time to start his final lap. The other drivers backed each other up, none of them wishing to go without the all-important slipstream. Charles Leclerc took pole position, starting alongside Lewis Hamilton on the front row. Leclerc kept the lead at the first turn, as a number of drivers cut the first chicane – including Max Verstappen, who picked up front wing damage. Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon enjoyed a wheel-to-wheel battle; or at least Sainz did, with the Red Bull driver forced to drive through a gravel trap. On the sixth lap, Sebastian Vettel spun and rejoined the track right in front of Lance Stroll, who took avoiding action and spun his Racing Point. Stroll then committed the same crime as Vettel, forcing Pierre Gasly to go through the gravel. Both drivers picked up a penalty for the incident, and Vettel pitted for a change of front wing before taking his ten-second stop/go penalty. In the battle for the net lead, Leclerc fended off Hamilton, with Hamilton left unimpressed by Leclerc’s aggressive defence. Sainz retired with a loose wheel following his pit stop, while Daniil Kvyat came to a halt with an engine failure. Leclerc locked up and skipped over the first corner, leading to another attack from Hamilton – but the Mercedes driver made a mistake himself, allowing team-mate Valtteri Bottas into second place. Bottas tried to chase down the leader, but no one could stop Leclerc from taking Ferrari’s first home victory in nine years. Renault had a strong race, with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg finishing fourth and fifth. Leclerc became Formula 1’s youngest back-to-back Grand Prix winner.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. In previous seasons a maximum of six drivers have been selected to partake in each press conference. However, all 20 drivers will be appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:
- Mattia Binotto (Ferrari)
- Andreas Seidl (McLaren)
- Mario Isola (Pirelli)
- Toto Wolff (Mercedes)
- Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)
- Claire Williams (Williams)
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Tom Kristensen.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
FASTEST EVER LAP
The C2 (Hard), C3 (Medium) and C4 (Soft) tyre compounds will be used for the Italian Grand Prix weekend. Pirelli will supply each driver with the same number of each compound of tyre at every race in 2020.
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:21.537 (Lewis Hamilton)
||1:34.000 (Sergio Perez)||1:27.905 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Free Practice 2||1:21.406 (Valtteri Bottas)
||1:21.105 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:20.978 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Free Practice 3||1:40.660 (Felipe Massa)
||1:20.509 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:20.294 (Sebastian Vettel)|
|Qualifying||1:35.554 (Lewis Hamilton)
||1:19.119 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:19.307 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Grand Prix||1:23.361 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:22.497 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:21.779 (Lewis Hamilton)|