Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Monza ahead of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
There have been 69 F1 races at Monza, with the 1980 season the only one where the Italian Grand Prix wasn’t held at the track. During that time, 37 different drivers have won a race at the circuit.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton share the record of most wins at the track, with five apiece. Ferrari are the team with the most Monza wins, having won on home soil 19 times. British drivers have won more races here than drivers from any other nation, with a Brit standing on the top step of the podium 21 times. Ferrari are the engine manufacturer with the most wins at the Italian Grand Prix, with Ferrari-powered cars taking 20 wins in total at Monza.
Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Ronnie Peterson, Nelson Piquet, Damon Hill and Lewis Hamilton are the seven drivers who’ve taken back-to-back wins at the circuit. Fangio is the only driver to have won a race at this track in three consecutive seasons. He did so between 1953 and 1955.
Mercedes hold the record for the most consecutive team wins at the Italian Grand Prix, having taken five consecutive wins at Monza between 2014 and 2018.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are the three drivers on the 2020 grid who’ve previously won the Italian Grand Prix. Vettel has three wins at Monza compared to Hamilton’s five. Leclerc won the Italian Grand Prix for the first time last season.
The longest streak of different winners at Monza is eight, which has happened twice. Eight different drivers won in consecutive seasons between 1966 and 1973, and then again between 1975 and 1983. Over the entire period from 1966 to 1983, Ronnie Peterson and Clay Regazzoni were the only repeat winners at the track.
The smallest win margin at the circuit came in 1971 when Peter Gethin won by just 0.01 seconds – the smallest win margin in any F1 Grand Prix in the sport’s 70-year history. Coincidentally, Gethin’s win was also the only win at Monza to come from outside the top ten on the grid. On the other end of the scale, Juan Manuel Fangio is the only driver to have won by over a lap at Monza, having done so in 1954. Phil Hill’s 1960 Italian Grand Prix victory was also impressive – he won by over two minutes!
The Italian Grand Prix at Monza has been won by less than ten second on 39 occasions, by less than five seconds on 26 occasions and by less than a second ten times.
From the last ten Italian Grands Prix, the average win margin has been 7.965 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM
In its 69-race history, 90 different drivers have finished on the podium at Monza.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton boast the most podium finishes at the track with eight. Ferrari have by far the most podium finishes here, with 69, almost triple the tally of closest competitors McLaren! British drivers have taken more podium finishes at the track than drivers from any other nation. Brits have stood on the podium 43 times. There have been 20 occasions where an Italian driver has finished in the top three at Monza.
From the current grid, there are six drivers who’ve previously finished on the Italian Grand Prix podium. While Lewis Hamilton leads the way with eight top three appearances, Sebastian Vettel is just behind him on six. Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium at Monza four times, Valtteri Bottas has finished in the top three on three occasions and Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc have finished on the podium here once.
There have been just three occasions in Monza’s history where the polesitter has not either finished on the podium or retired from the race. There have been 37 occasions where the polesitter has finished on the podium and 29 occasions where the polesitter has failed to finish the race.
The furthest back on the grid a podium finish has come from at Monza is 26th. Ron Flockhart finished third having started 26th in 1956.
There have been ten occasions where none of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium in a race here. Most recently, this happened in 1995.
There have been just seven races here where all of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium at this track, and four races (1960, 1990, 2003 and 2010) where the top three on the grid have finished in the order in which they started.
During F1’s tenure at Monza, 37 different drivers have started from pole position at the circuit.
Lewis Hamilton has had more poles than any other driver here, with six starts from the very front. His tally of poles has helped to ensure that British drivers have taken over double the number of pole positions here than drivers from any other nation. Ferrari are the team with the most poles, setting the fastest Saturday lap time on 21 occasions.
There are four drivers on the current grid who’ve previously taken pole position for the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has done so six times, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole three times, Kimi Raikkonen has started from the front twice and Charles Leclerc took his first Italian Grand Prix pole last season.
Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Juan Pablo Montoya and Lewis Hamilton are the eight drivers who have taken back-to-back poles at Monza. Senna and Hamilton share the record of most consecutive poles at the track. Senna took four in a row at the track between 1988 and 1991, while Hamilton took four in a row between 2014 and 2017. These two occasions are also the longest streaks of pole positions for teams at the track, with Senna setting four in a row for McLaren, and Hamilton’s four in a row being with Mercedes.
The largest pole margin at Monza came in 1960, when Phil Hill set the pace by 1.9 seconds. The smallest pole margin was in 2006, when Kimi Raikkonen took pole for McLaren by just 0.002 seconds!
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second at Monza on 15 occasions, most recently in 2019.
From the last ten Italian Grands Prix, the average pole margin at Monza has been 0.324 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
25 races at Monza have been won from pole position, while 37 have been won from the front row of the grid. That means that 32 races here have been won from third on the grid or further back.
There have been twelve occasions where the polesitter has finished on the podium at Monza without winning the Grand Prix, including twice in the past four seasons.
?? SUNDAY STATS
The highest number of drivers to finish all the laps of the Grand Prix at Monza is fifteen, which happened in 2013, when fourteen drivers finished on the same lap as race winner Sebastian Vettel.
Just six Italian Grands Prix since the year 2000 have featured a Safety Car period, most recently in 2018. There has never been a race at Monza which has featured more than one Safety Car stint, though last year’s event featured two Virtual Safety Car stints.
Four races at the track have been affected by rain.
41 different drivers have set the fastest lap of an F1 race at Monza. Lewis Hamilton has taken more fastest laps at the Italian Grand Prix than any other driver. He’s set the fastest lap on a Sunday afternoon six times at Monza.
In total, 1,582 cars have started a Formula 1 race at Monza. From those, 883 cars have reached the end of a Grand Prix, giving an overall finish rate of 55.82%. In the past ten years, the average finish rate has been 80.28%.
The lowest number of cars to finish an Italian Grand Prix at Monza is six, which happened in 1968. Meanwhile, the highest number of cars to finish a race here is 20, which has happened four times – in 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2014. The 2005 race is the only time every car which started the race reached the chequered flag.
Four races at Monza have been red-flagged, most recently in 1995.
In total, there have been 4,004 racing laps of Monza in F1’s history.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
Monza has seen the second-most champions crowned of any track, though Jody Scheckter was the last champion to be crowned here, all the way back in 1979. In total, there have been eleven Drivers’ title-deciding races at the circuit.
The winner of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza has gone on to win the title in the same season just 26 times. 2019 was the first time that the winner of the Italian Grand Prix did not go on to win the title since 2012.
The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza has gone on to win that year’s title on 56 occasions. There have been just thirteen instances where this hasn’t happened – including five times in the past thirteen years.
After graduating 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 sixth 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 Motorsport Guides. 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.