Four previous Italian Grands Prix have taken place on 6th September. 2020 will mark the fifth Monza race to be held on this date.
Four previous F1 races at Monza have been held on 6th September, in 1964, 1970, 1987 and 2015. Of the four races, the polesitter has won twice, while a Ferrari driver has won twice. The Tifosi have had a Ferrari driver to cheer on the podium in all but one race held on this date, while all four races have featured a British driver in the top three.
The 1964 Italian Grand Prix saw John Surtees triumph for Ferrari by over a minute, as the eventual 1964 World Champion closed the gap to Graham Hill and Jim Clark in the Drivers’ Championship. French driver Maurice Trintignant made his last F1 appearance at this event.
There was tragedy at the 1970 Italian Grand Prix as Jochen Rindt was killed in qualifying for the event. Ferrari won again, with Clay Regazzoni taking his maiden victory in a race which had 28 lead changes. Francois Cevert also scored his first points in the race, finishing sixth for March.
At the 1987 Italian Grand Prix, Nelson Piquet won for Williams. Ayrton Senna was leading the mid part of the race, until he ran wide at the Parabollica with only a handful of laps to go. The event also saw the first entry for the Coloni team, with whom Nicola Larini failed to qualify.
The most recent Italian Grand Prix held on this date was in 2015, in which Felipe Massa recorded the final podium finish of his career. For the second time in his career, Lewis Hamilton won the race, after taking pole position, leading every lap and setting the fastest lap.
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