Gasly and Leclerc are the most recent Italian Grand Prix winners, Hamilton has finished on the Monza podium in five of the last six years and eight 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
Following a penalty for entering the pit lane when it was closed, Lewis Hamilton finished only seventh in the 2020 Italian Grand Prix – his worst result at Monza since 2013. In every year between 2014 and 2019, Hamilton finished on the podium. He has won here five times in total, in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 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 seven times, with his 2020 pole lap setting a new record for the fastest lap in F1 history. Hamilton took four consecutive poles at Monza between 2014 and 2017. In total, Hamilton has had nine 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. He set a new record for most laps led at the track last year.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas has a 100% finish rate at the Italian Grand Prix. His fifth place last year ended a run of three consecutive podium finishes at Monza. 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 started from the front row at the Italian Grand Prix for the first time last year. 2020 was the first time that Bottas lost more than one position from where he has started in his eight Italian Grand Prix appearances.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen’s 100% finish record came to an end at Monza last year. It was the first time he failed to score at the circuit since his twelfth place with Toro Rosso in 2015. 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 and 2020 are the only occasions that he has started inside the top five at the track, having qualified in fifth both times. Given his low starting positions, it’s no surprise that – of the races he’s finished – 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 in 2019.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez has scored at the Italian Grand Prix in all of the last seven seasons. During that time he has finished seventh three times, including in two of the last three seasons. Perez’s best result at Monza is second place, which he scored with Sauber in 2012. 2011 and 2013 are the only seasons in which Perez has failed to score at the circuit. He retired in 2011 and finished only twelfth with McLaren in 2013. Last year, Perez qualified fourth for the Italian Grand Prix – which was his best qualifying result at Monza, and his first Q3 appearance here since 2016. The Mexican was eliminated in Q1 at the track in both 2018 and 2019. 2020 was the first time he out-qualified his team-mate here since 2015. Of the races he’s finished, 2013 and 2020 are the only ones in which he’s failed to gain places over the duration of the race.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo has scored in all but one of his last eight Italian Grand Prix appearances. The Australian is yet to finish on the podium at Monza, having recorded a best result of fourth with Red Bull in 2017 and with Renault in 2019. Ricciardo has had two retirements here, in 2011 and 2018, while 2012 is the only other season in which he has failed to score at the track. 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 in 2019. In all eight races he has finished here, Ricciardo has never lost a position from where he has started.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris has scored on both appearances so far at the Italian Grand Prix. He finished in fourth place last year, having finished tenth at Monza in 2019. Last season marked the first time that Norris has reached Q3 at the circuit, qualifying in sixth place. In 2019, he picked up a power unit penalty and started from sixteenth, gaining six places during the race. He is yet to out-qualify his team-mate here. 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.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel failed to score at the Italian Grand Prix in 2019 for the first time since 2012 and recorded his first retirement at Monza since 2012 last year. After spinning in the 2019 race and picking up a ten-second stop/go penalty for unsafely rejoining the circuit, Vettel suffered a brake failure at the track in 2020. 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. Vettel finished on the podium with Ferrari three times at the Italian Grand Prix. 2020 was the first year since 2007 that Vettel did not appear in Q3 at Monza. He has taken pole here 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.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll has scored on three of his four Italian Grand Prix appearances and holds a 100% finish record at the track. He recorded his best result at the circuit last year, finishing on the podium in third place. Stroll has never missed out on reaching Q3 at Monza. He recorded his best qualifying position at the track in the wet 2017 session, where he qualified fourth. As a result of grid penalties, that fourth place became a front row start. 2020 was the first time that Stroll has been out-qualified by a team-mate at Monza.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso has won the Italian Grand Prix twice – for McLaren in 2007 and for Ferrari in 2010. His 2010 win began a streak of four successive podium finishes at Monza – but his second place in 2013 remains the last time he scored here. From his last five appearances at the circuit, Alonso has recorded four retirements. The only one of those races which he finished was in 2016, when he finished a lowly fourteenth. Alonso qualified on the back row on his first two appearances at Monza in 2001 and 2003 but then qualified in the top ten at every Italian Grand Prix between 2004 and 2014. During that period, he took two pole positions, in 2007 and 2010. Alonso last reached Q3 in 2014. He recorded his only Q1 exit here in 2015, and has qualified thirteenth on all of his last three Italian Grand Prix appearances. Of the races he has completed here, the 2016 event is the only one which he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon has scored on his last three outings at the Italian Grand Prix. His best finishing position here is sixth, which he recorded in both 2017 and 2018. He finished eighth last year. 2020 was the first time since 2016 that Ocon has failed to reach Q3 at Monza, as well as the first time since then that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. His best qualifying result here is fifth, recorded in 2017. The 2017 race is the only one in which Ocon has finished an Italian Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc took victory at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, taking Ferrari’s first home win in almost a decade, but crashed out of the 2020 race, bringing out the red flags. Leclerc’s win is the only time that he has scored points here, having finished eleventh on his first appearance in 2018. His pole position in 2019 is also the only time he has reached Q3 at the circuit. Leclerc has out-qualified his team-mate on all three appearances at the circuit.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz finished as runner-up in last year’s Italian Grand Prix. It was only the second time he has scored at Monza, having also finished eighth for Renault in 2018. Sainz has reached Q3 in each of the last three Monza races, recording his best qualifying result so far at the track last year with third on the grid. 2017 is the only season in which Sainz has failed to out-qualify his team-mate here.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Before 2020, Pierre Gasly had not scored a point at the Italian Grand Prix. That changed last year as Gasly recorded his maiden Grand Prix victory at Monza, becoming France’s first F1 winner in 24 years. The Frenchman holds a 100% finish rate at the circuit, having finished fourteenth in 2018 and eleventh in 2019. He’s yet to qualify above ninth position at the track, but reached Q3 for a second time in 2020. 2019 is the only season in which Gasly has been out-qualified by his team-mate at Monza.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda has raced at Monza in F3 and F2. In F3, he finished on the podium in both races, winning the second race of the weekend. In F2 last year, Tsunoda finished fourth in the Feature Race and was not classified in the Sprint Race, retiring after fifteen laps.
🇫🇮 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. Raikkonen has not scored at the Italian Grand Prix in the last two years. His fifteenth place in 2019 ended a five-year streak of points-scoring races at Monza. The Finn has retired only twice in his eighteen appearances, in 2002 and 2004. Raikkonen has taken pole at the Italian Grand Prix three times, most recently in 2018 when he set what was then 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. Last year, Raikkonen failed to reach Q3 at Monza for the first time since 2014.
🇮🇹 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. The Italian had less luck last year, finishing only thirteenth. Giovinazzi is yet to out-qualify team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix, recording a best qualifying position of eleventh in 2019. He was eliminated in Q1 last season. 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.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has previously raced at Monza in F3 and F2. In F2 last year, Schumacher finished on the podium in both races, winning the Feature Race and finishing third in the Sprint Race.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has raced at Monza in F3, GP3 and F2. His best result here is third place, recorded in the second race of the GP3 weekend in 2018. Of the four races which Mazepin raced in here in F2, he scored only once, with an eighth place finish in the 2020 Sprint Race.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
After qualifying eighteenth, George Russell finished fourteenth on his first Italian Grand Prix appearance in 2019. One year later, he qualified only nineteenth but recorded the same fourteenth place finish. Russell 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
Nicholas Latifi finished just outside of the points on his first Italian Grand Prix appearance last year. After qualifying last, the Canadian completed the race in eleventh position. Latifi 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 from 2017 until his F1 debut. 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 2019’s pair of Monza F2 races.
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