Pierre Gasly becomes a Grand Prix winner, McLaren lead a Grand Prix for the first time since 2014 and Lance Stroll is the first Canadian to finish on the podium at Monza since 1979. Here are all the facts and statistics from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix!
PIERRE GASLY: GRAND PRIX WINNER
Pierre Gasly became a Grand Prix winner at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. The last time a French driver won was when Olivier Panis took victory for Ligier at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, when Gasly was just three months old.
Before this weekend, Gasly had never scored at Monza, and his team had not scored here since 2013 – but the form book was ripped up in 2020, as Gasly became F1’s 109th winner and the Red Bull junior team took their second race win. Their first came at this circuit twelve years ago, when Sebastian Vettel scored his maiden win. The Red Bull junior team now have as many victories at the Italian Grand Prix as their senior team.
Though Toro Rosso have previously won, AlphaTauri won only their eighth race as a constructor. That’s a record which is bettered by only Alfa Romeo, Wolf, Brawn GP, March, Tyrrell and Matra.
AlphaTauri are the sixth team to have won with Honda power, after the Honda works team, Williams, Lotus, McLaren and Red Bull!
Gasly’s win is the first for a French driver at Monza since Alain Prost won the 1989 Italian Grand Prix, as well as the first victory for Honda power at the circuit since Ayrton Senna won for McLaren in 1992. He is the first French driver to win with an Italian team since Jean Alesi won for Ferrari at the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix.
Gasly is the 38th different driver to win a Formula 1 race at Monza. He’s the first driver to win the Italian Grand Prix from tenth on the grid. Peter Gethin’s victory from eleventh on the grid in 1971 is the only Italian Grand Prix which has been won from further down the order. Gasly’s victory is the win which has come from furthest back on the grid since Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 German Grand Prix from fourteenth. In total, this was the 37th round of the World Championship to be won from tenth or further back.
For the first time since Kimi Raikkonen won for Lotus at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, the race was not won by a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull driver.
Gasly took victory in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix by 0.415 seconds, which is the smallest win margin at the track since Rubens Barrichello’s victory in 2002.
The 2020 Italian Grand Prix is the first time that the French national anthem has played on the Formula 1 podium since Renault won the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix.
ON THE PODIUM
For the first time in Formula 1 history, the podium was made up of a French driver, a Spanish driver and a Canadian driver. It was the third youngest podium in Formula 1, behind the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.
Every driver on the podium was celebrating their second top three finish. Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz previously finished in the top three at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, while Lance Stroll previously finished on the podium at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. They became the 91st, 92nd and 93rd drivers to finish on the podium at Monza.
This was the first race since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix to not feature a Mercedes driver on the podium, and the first time since the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix that no Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull drivers finished in the top three. It’s the first Italian Grand Prix since 2014 to not feature a Mercedes driver on the podium.
Carlos Sainz recorded his best ever result with second place. He’s the first McLaren driver to finish on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix since Lewis Hamilton won in 2012. Sainz is only the second Spanish driver, after Fernando Alonso, to have taken multiple podium finishes in Formula 1. Prior to the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, McLaren had scored only one point at the track in the last five years.
Sainz led a lap of a Grand Prix for the first time in his career. He’s the 174th driver to have led a lap in Formula 1, and the first McLaren driver to do so since Jenson Button led a single lap of the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Lance Stroll finished third, recording the first podium finish for the Silverstone-based team at the Italian Grand Prix since Heinz-Harald Frentzen won for Jordan in 1999. Both of Stroll’s podium finishes have come in races which have been red-flagged.
The 2020 Italian Grand Prix is only the second race at Monza to feature a Canadian driver in the top three. The only other time it has happened was in 1979, when Gilles Villeneuve finished as runner-up.
Though both teams have taken podium finishes in other guises, the 2020 Italian Grand Prix was the first time that both AlphaTauri and Racing Point have finished in the top three. This is the first race – excluding Indianapolis 500 races – in which two teams have taken their maiden podium finishes since the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, when Ferrari and Maserati finished on the podium for the first time.
This is only the second time that the drivers starting third, eighth and tenth have finished on the podium together. The only other time it has happened was at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.
Of the five races to be held on 6th September, this was the first to not feature a British driver on the podium.
MORE RECORDS FOR HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton became the first polesitter to fail to finish on the podium since Charles Leclerc at the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix. It was also the worst result for an Italian Grand Prix polesitter since 2009 – a race in which Hamilton was also the polesitter.
With seventh place, Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record for the most points-scoring appearances in Formula 1. Both Hamilton and Schumacher have finished in the points on 220 occasions. Hamilton also joined Schumacher as only the second driver to have set the Fastest Lap of a Grand Prix on fifty occasions.
Hamilton broke one of Formula 1’s oldest records this weekend. 66 years and one day after Alberto Ascari last led a lap at the Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton overtook the Italian’s tally of laps led at the circuit.
Hamilton is the only driver to have scored in every race so far this season. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll is the only other driver to have scored in all of the last seven races, and his team-mate Sergio Perez has scored in every race he has entered in 2020.
THE TOP TEN
Lando Norris finished in fourth place, making the 2020 Italian Grand Prix the first race since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix in which both McLaren drivers have finished in the top four. It’s also the first time that both McLaren drivers have scored at Monza since 2014.
Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in the Italian Grand Prix, meaning that this is the fifth time in the last six races that Bottas has finished the Grand Prix in a worse position than where he qualified. In fact, the Styrian Grand Prix is the only race where he has finished in a better position than where he started so far in 2020.
Finishing in sixth place, Daniel Ricciardo made the 2020 Italian Grand Prix the 300th Formula 1 race in which an Australian driver has scored. Australia is the seventh nation to reach the milestone.
Daniil Kvyat finished in ninth place, which makes this the first time since 2011 that the Red Bull junior team has scored with both cars at the Italian Grand Prix. It’s also the first time that both of the team’s cars have finished in the points since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race in which Pierre Gasly also finished on the podium.
For a seventh consecutive year, Sergio Perez finished in the points at the Italian Grand Prix. Only Lewis Hamilton has a longer active streak of points finishes at the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton has scored in all of the last ten Monza races.
There were four retirements from the 2020 Italian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. While Vettel, Leclerc and Verstappen all recorded their first non-finishes at the track, this was the second consecutive year in which Magnussen has failed to reach the chequered flag at Monza. Magnussen is the first driver to reach four DNFs in 2020.
For the first time since their maiden seasons, both Verstappen and Leclerc failed to score at Monza. Meanwhile, this is the second successive year that Vettel has failed to score at the circuit.
Neither Ferrari finished the race, marking their first double DNF from their home event since 1995, and their sixth from the Italian Grand Prix in total. It’s the first time since 2005 that the Scuderia has failed to score at the circuit. This is the first time since 2009 – when the team failed to score in any of the opening three races of the season – that Ferrari have failed to score at two consecutive races.
THE RED FLAG
Charles Leclerc’s crash brought out the red flags, making this the first Italian Grand Prix to be red-flagged since 1995. It’s the first race which has been stopped since the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Strangely, in both the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, the driver who started tenth won and the driver starting eighth finished third.
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. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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