Monza has hosted the Italian Grand Prix in every World Championship season except 1980. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix!
MONZA RACE WINNERS
There have been 71 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, 39 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.
There have been eighteen occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 finish at Monza. Ferrari have had the most 1-2 finishes here, with eight. The most recent 1-2 finish at the track was for McLaren in 2021.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo are the five drivers on the 2021 grid who’ve previously won the Italian Grand Prix. While Hamilton has five wins, Vettel has won three times and Alonso has won twice. Leclerc, Gasly and Ricciardo joined the list of Italian Grand Prix winners in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
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 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 seconds on 41 occasions, by less than five seconds on 28 occasions and by less than a second eleven times. The Monza race was won by less than a second in both 2019 and 2020.
From the last ten Italian Grands Prix, the average win margin is 6.928 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM AT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
In its 71-race history, 95 different drivers have finished on the podium at Monza.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton boast the most podium finishes at the track with eight each. 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 44 times. There have been 20 occasions on which an Italian driver has finished in the top three at Monza.
From the 2021 grid, there are eleven drivers who’ve previously finished on the Italian Grand Prix podium. While Lewis Hamilton leads the way with eight top three appearances, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are just behind him on six each. Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas have finished on the podium at Monza four times. Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Lance Stroll, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have finished on the podium here once.
There have been just four 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 on which the polesitter has finished on the podium and 30 occasions on which 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. Valtteri Bottas recorded the furthest back podium finish since then in 2021. He finished third having started nineteenth on the grid.
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.
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX POLESITTERS
During F1’s tenure at Monza, 38 different drivers have started from pole position at the circuit.
Lewis Hamilton has had more poles than any other driver here, with seven 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 qualifying lap time on 21 occasions.
There are six drivers on the 2021 grid who’ve previously taken pole position for the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has done so seven times, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole three times, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have each started from the front twice, Charles Leclerc took his first Italian Grand Prix pole in 2019 and Max Verstappen took his first Monza pole in 2021.
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!
The fastest lap time in qualifying has been decided by less than a tenth of a second at Monza on sixteen occasions, including in each of the last three seasons. Note that the 2021 Italian Grand Prix featured a Sprint Qualifying event, with an 18-lap race to decide the final grid.
From the last ten Italian Grands Prix, the average pole margin at Monza has been 0.284 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY AT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
25 races at Monza have been won from pole position, while 38 have been won from the front row of the grid. That means that 33 races here have been won from third on the grid or further back.
There have been twelve occasions on which the polesitter has finished on the podium at Monza without winning the Grand Prix, including twice in the past six seasons.
In total, 1,754 cars have been entered into a World Championship Formula 1 race at Monza. of those, 1,621 cars have started the race – and from those, 914 cars have reached the end of the Grand Prix. That gives an overall finish rate of 56%. In the past ten years, the average finish rate has been 82%.
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.
In the 71 F1 races held at Monza, 57 retirements have been recorded on the first lap of the race. The most recent first lap retirement was for Brendon Hartley in 2018.
The highest number of drivers to finish all the laps of the Grand Prix at Monza is sixteen, which happened in 2020, when fifteen drivers finished on the same lap as race winner Pierre Gasly.
Just eight Italian Grands Prix since the year 2000 have featured a Safety Car period, most recently in 2021. While the 2019 Italian Grand Prix was the first at Monza to feature two Virtual Safety Car stints, the 2020 event was the first to feature multiple full Safety Car periods at the circuit.
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 seven times at Monza.
Five races at Monza have been red-flagged. The 2020 Italian Grand Prix was the first race to be red-flagged here since 1995.
The 1978 Italian Grand Prix is the only F1 race at Monza which did not reach its scheduled distance. The first start at the 1978 race resulted in a fatal accident for Ronnie Peterson. Almost three hours later, the race was restarted – but the distance was shortened from the scheduled 52 laps to 40.
In total, there have been 4,110 racing laps of Monza in F1’s history.
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 Constructors’ Championship has been decided at Monza on ten occasions, most recently in McLaren’s favour in 1989.
Eleven dead rubber Formula 1 races have taken place at Monza, the most recent being in 2004.
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 polesitter at Monza has also gone on to win the title in the same season 26 times.
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 fourteen years. 2007 was the last time that the team leading the Constructors’ Championship after the Italian Grand Prix failed to go on and win the title.
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.