Leclerc is the most recent Italian Grand Prix winner, Hamilton has finished on the Monza podium in all of the last six years and ten drivers hold a 100% finish rate at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Italian Grand Prix!
?? Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has finished on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix in every year since 2014. He has won here five times, most recently in 2018. Hamilton’s two retirements, a result of crashing out in both 2009 and 2010, are the only seasons that he has failed to score at Monza. Hamilton has taken pole at the event six times, most recently in 2017 at the end of a run of consecutive poles at the circuit. In total, Hamilton has had eight front row starts here. 2008 and 2013 are the only years that Hamilton has failed to reach Q3 at the track, while in addition to those years, 2007 and 2010 are the only other times that Hamilton has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. Despite being in contention for the win, 2019 marked the first time Hamilton did not lead a lap of the Italian Grand Prix since 2013.
?? Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has a 100% finish rate at the Italian Grand Prix and has finished on the podium on all three appearances so far with Mercedes. He is yet to win here, but has finished as runner-up in both 2017 and 2019. 2013 is the only season that Bottas has not finished in the top six at Monza, as well as the only year that he has not qualified in the top six at the track. The Finn is yet to start from the front row at the track, and has a best qualifying result here of third, recorded in both 2014 and 2019. Bottas has never lost more than one position from where he has started in all of his seven Italian Grand Prix appearances.
?? Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel failed to score at the Italian Grand Prix in 2019 for the first time since 2012. Last year, Vettel spun in the race and then picked up a ten-second stop/go penalty for unsafely rejoining the circuit, ultimately finishing in thirteenth. 2012, when he retired, and 2007, when he finished eighteenth are the only other years that Vettel has failed to pick up points at the track. Vettel has taken three wins here, including the first win of his career with Toro Rosso in 2008. He also won with Red Bull in 2011 and 2013. While Vettel is yet to win at Monza with Ferrari, he has finished on the podium with the team three times, most recently in 2017. 2007 is the only year that Vettel has missed out on Q3 at Monza He has taken pole three times, all three being in the years that he won the event. Since his last pole in 2013, 2018 is the only other occasion that Vettel has started from the front row at the track. He has not out-qualified his team-mate here since 2016.
?? Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc won last year’s Italian Grand Prix, bringing Ferrari their first home win in almost a decade. It was the first time he has scored points at Monza, having finished eleventh in the 2018 event. Leclerc also took pole position for the race, marking the first time he has progressed past Q1 at the track, having qualified in seventeenth in 2018. He has out-qualified his team-mate on both appearances at the circuit.
?? Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has a 100% finish record at the Italian Grand Prix and has scored on four of his five appearances. Verstappen has never finished above fifth at Monza, which is where he finished in 2018. The Dutchman qualified on the front row in 2017, but started only thirteenth after a penalty. 2018 is the only occasion that he has started inside the top five at the track, while 2016 is the only other time he has started within the top ten. He was out in Q1 last year after an engine failure prevented him from setting a competitive time. Given his low starting positions, it’s no surprise that Verstappen has never finished in a position lower than where he has started at the Italian Grand Prix. He gained eleven positions at the track last season.
?? Alex Albon
Alex Albon finished sixth in last season’s Italian Grand Prix. He qualified in eighth position, gaining two positions in the race. Albon had a weekend to forget in F3 at Monza in 2015. After finishing way down the order in the first race of the weekend as a result of mechanical issues, his car was withdrawn from the next two events to allow repair work to take place. He had a better time in GP3 in 2016, finishing sixth in the first race and in second place in the second race. From his four F2 races at the track in 2017 and 2018, Albon scored twice – and eighth place in the 2017 Sprint Race and a third place podium finish in the 2018 Sprint Race.
?? Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has scored only once at the Italian Grand Prix, with an eighth place finish in 2018. He recorded his first retirement at the track last season. Sainz has reached Q3 twice at Monza – he has qualified in seventh in each of the last two years. 2017 is the only time that he has failed to out-qualify his team-mate.
?? Lando Norris
Lando Norris scored on his Italian Grand Prix debut last year with a tenth place finish. Norris was eliminated in Q2, setting the fourteenth fastest time. He picked up a power unit penalty and started from sixteenth, gaining six places during the race. Norris has previous experience at the Monza circuit in F3 in 2017 and F2 in 2018. He won the first of the three F3 races here in 2017, finishing as runner up in the other two. Meanwhile, in F2 in 2018, Norris finished sixth in the Feature Race and fifth in the Sprint Race. He drove for McLaren at the track in 2018 in Free Practice 1 for the Italian Grand Prix.
?? Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo equalled his best Italian Grand Prix result with fourth place for Renault in 2019. He had previously finished fourth with Red Bull in 2017. His DNF in 2018 is the only time that the Australian has failed to score at Monza since 2013. Ricciardo also retired on his first appearance at the track in 2011. Ricciardo’s best qualifying result at Monza is third in 2017, though he started only sixteenth that year due to a penalty. Fifth on the grid is the highest that he’s started here, which is the position he started from last season. In all seven races he has finished here, Ricciardo has never lost a position from where he has started.
?? Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has finished in sixth on each of his last two appearances at the Italian Grand Prix. He also finished eighteenth with Manor in 2016, meaning he has a 100% finishing record at Monza. The Frenchman has reached Q3 in each of his last two outings, with a best qualifying result of fifth in 2017.
?? Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has scored at the Italian Grand Prix in all of the last six seasons. During that time he has finished seventh three times, including in each of the last two seasons. Perez’s best result at Monza is second place, which he scored with Sauber in 2012. 2011 and 2013 are the only season where Perez has failed to score at the circuit. He retired in 2011 and finished only twelfth with McLaren in 2013. Perez has not reached Q3 at Monza since 2016. His best qualifying result here is seventh in 2015. The Mexican has been eliminated in Q1 at the track in both of the last two seasons. He has not out-qualified his team-mate here since 2015. Of the races he’s finished, 2013 is the only one in which he’s failed to gain places over the duration of the race.
?? Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll has scored twice at the Italian Grand Prix. He finished seventh in 2017 and ninth in 2018. He finished in twelfth place last year. Monza is the only circuit at which Stroll has never failed to reach Q3. His best qualifying result at the track is fourth, which became second on the grid after penalties for other drivers. Stroll has never failed to out-qualify his team-mate at the track. 2018 is the only occasion that Stroll has finished the Italian Grand Prix in a better position than where he started it from.
?? Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has scored a single point at the Italian Grand Prix. He finished tenth in the 2015 race with Red Bull. Kvyat has recorded two DNFs at the track, in 2016 and 2019. Kvyat has never reached the final part of qualifying at Monza, with a best qualifying result of eleventh in 2014 – though he started from 21st that season. His best grid slot here is eighth in 2017; that’s despite qualifying only fourteenth! 2016 is the only time that Kvyat has been eliminated in Q1 here and the only time that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
?? Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly is yet to score a point at the Italian Grand Prix. He scored his best result so far at the circuit last year, with an eleventh place finish. Gasly has a best qualifying position of ninth at Monza, with 2018 being the only time he has qualified in the top ten at the track.
?? Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has never won the Italian Grand Prix, but has finished on the Monza podium four times. His most recent podium finish at the track came in 2018, when he finished as runner-up. It was the first time he scored a podium at the event since 2009. Last year, Raikkonen ended a five-year streak of points-scoring races at Monza by finishing only fifteenth. The Finn has retired only twice in his seventeen appearances, in 2002 and 2004. Raikkonen has taken pole at the Italian Grand Prix three times, most recently in 2018 when he set the fastest ever lap in a Formula 1 car. Despite taking pole three times, he has only started from pole twice, owing to an engine penalty at the 2005 event. He also started from the front row in 2015.
?? Antonio Giovinazzi
In 2019, Antonio Giovinazzi became the first Italian to compete in his home race since 2011. He finished ninth, picking up two points. Giovinazzi was eliminated in Q2 for the event, setting the eleventh fastest time. He started from tenth on the final grid. Giovinazzi has had mixed fortunes at Monza in the past. He was involved in a huge crash with Lance Stroll here in F3 in 2015, but scored fourth place finishes in each of the other two races. The Italian had a successful time in GP2 in 2016, scoring a win in the Feature Race despite being relegated to the back of the grid for a technical infringement in qualifying.
?? Romain Grosjean
From his eight appearances at the Italian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean has scored only once, with an eighth place finish in 2013. Of his other seven appearances, five have been finishes outside of the points, his 2015 race resulted in a DNF and after finishing sixth in 2018, his Haas car was disqualified from proceedings. He also missed the 2012 race following a one-race ban as a result of causing a first lap pile-up at the previous race in Belgium. Grosjean has reached Q3 twice at Monza, most recently in 2018 with a best qualifying showing at the track of sixth. Along with 2015, 2018 is one of only two occasions where Grosjean has out-qualified his team-mate here.
?? Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has scored only one point at the Italian Grand Prix, with a tenth place finish on his first appearance at Monza with McLaren in 2014. All four of his races at the track since then have seen him finish outside of the points, and his 100% finish record came to an end at the circuit last year as he retired from the event. Magnussen has not reached Q3 at Monza since his maiden season, when he qualified fifth. Since then he has had two Q1 exits and two Q2 eliminations in the last two years. The 2016 Italian Grand Prix is the only Monza race in which Magnussen has finished in a better position than where he started.
?? George Russell
After qualifying eighteenth, George Russell finished fourteenth on his first Italian Grand Prix appearance last years. Russell has previously competed at Monza in F3, GP3 and F2. Prior to F1, he scored points in every race he had competed in at the track, and won in GP3 in 2017 and at the F2 Sprint Race in 2018.
?? Nicholas Latifi
This will be Nicholas Latifi’s first Italian Grand Prix appearance, but he has had plenty of past experience at Monza. He competed here in Formula 3 in 2013, in GP2 in 2016 and in Formula 2 in every season since 2017. Latifi’s best result here came in the 2017 F2 Feature Race, in which he finished in third place. He failed to score any points in last year’s pair of Monza F2 races.
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