F1 Team Form: Italian Grand Prix

Mercedes have won five of the last seven Italian Grands Prix, Red Bull have not finished on the podium since 2013 and Williams have recorded only one retirement in the last eighteen years. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Monza!


MERCEDES

2020 RESULT: BOTTAS 5th, HAMILTON 7th

Ferrari ended a five-year winning streak for Mercedes at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, while 2020 was the first Italian Grand Prix podium to not feature a Mercedes driver since 2013. Mercedes won all five Italian Grands Prix between 2014 and 2018, scoring 1-2 finishes in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The team also won on both of their appearances at the Monza circuit during their first stint in the sport, recording a 1-2 finish in 1955. Last year, Valtteri Bottas finished fifth, while Lewis Hamilton was only seventh after picking up a penalty. Impressively, until last year, Nico Rosberg’s DNF from an engine failure in 2015 is the only occasion that a Mercedes driver has not finished on the podium at Monza in the V6 hybrid era. Rosberg is responsible for Mercedes’ only other DNF at the track since rejoining Formula 1, crashing out on the first lap in 2011. The team have never failed to score at Monza.

Mercedes have taken seven poles in total at the Italian Grand Prix, including two in their first two visits to the track in 1954 and 1955. In 2020, the team locked-out the front row for the first time since 2016. They also locked-out the front row in 2014. Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are the only Mercedes drivers to have failed to qualify in the top ten in the team’s history at the track. Schumacher and Hamilton each qualified in twelfth in 2010 and 2013 respectively.


Red Bull have won twice at the Italian Grand Prix, taking their only double podium finish in Monza in 2013. They haven’t finished on the podium here since then. Red Bull have scored points in all but two seasons in the past thirteen years. They failed to score in 2012 as a result of their only double non-finish at the circuit and last year, Max Verstappen retired while Alex Albon finished only fifteenth. Daniel Ricciardo retired from the 2018 race, marking the only time a Red Bull driver has failed to score at Monza in the previous seven seasons.

Red Bull have taken two pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix and locked-out the front row in 2012. Since then, Max Verstappen recorded Red Bull’s only front row qualification at the track in 2017, but started only thirteenth as a result of a power unit penalty. David Coulthard and Max Verstappen’s twentieth places in 2007 and 2019 respectively mark Red Bull’s worst qualifying position at the track, as well as the only times a Red Bull driver has been eliminated in Q1 here. The team have had at least one driver in Q3 in all but one of the last thirteen seasons, with both Red Bulls eliminated in Q2 in 2015. 2020 was the first time both Red Bull drivers reached Q3 at Monza since 2017.

RED BULL

2020 RESULT: ALBON 15th, VERSTAPPEN DNF


McLAREN

2020 RESULT: SAINZ 2nd, NORRIS 4th

For the first time since 2011, both McLaren drivers finished in the top four at the Italian Grand Prix in 2020. In the five previous seasons, Lando Norris’ tenth place in 2019 was their only points scoring appearance at Monza. The team have won at the track on ten occasions, most recently with Lewis Hamilton in 2012. Carlos Sainz provided the team with their first podium since then in 2020, narrowly missing out on the victory. The 2007 race is the only one at Monza in which McLaren have scored a 1-2 finish. 2020 was the first time both McLaren drivers reached the chequered flag at Monza since 2016. The team’s double DNF in 2017 was their first double retirement at Monza since 2001.

McLaren have taken eleven pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix and have locked-out the front row on four occasions. The team reached Q3 only twice between 2015 and 2019, but both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris qualified in the top six last year. Sainz’s third place was the team’s best Monza qualifying result since they locked-out the front row in 2012. Between 1988 and 2014, there were only two occasions that one of the team’s drivers failed to qualify in the top ten at Monza!


The original Aston Martin team made a single appearance at the Italian Grand Prix, in 1959. Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby qualified in seventeenth and nineteenth respectively. While Salvadori retired from the race, Shelby finished in tenth place.

Team Silverstone have scored in all of the last seven Italian Grands Prix, finishing with both cars in the top ten in all but two of those races. They have not recorded a retirement here since 2013. Last year, Lance Stroll finished on the podium for Racing Point, which was this team’s first podium result at the circuit since Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s 1999 victory for Jordan. Their only other podium finish here was for Ralf Schumacher in 1998. 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000 and 2013 are the only years that neither car from Team Silverstone reached the chequered flag at Monza.

The Silverstone-based team have appeared in Q3 with at least one car in all of the last seven seasons. Both drivers reached Q3 last year for the first time since 2016, with Sergio Perez’s fourth place their best qualifying result since 2012. Adrian Sutil recorded Force India’s best ever qualifying result here with second on the grid in 2009 – a result which had been recorded by Heinz-Harald Frentzen at Jordan ten years previously.

ASTON MARTIN

2020 RESULT: STROLL 3rd, PEREZ 10th


ALPINE

2020 RESULT: RICCIARDO 6th, OCON 8th

The Enstone team have taken a single victory at the Italian Grand Prix, with Johnny Herbert victorious for Benetton at Monza in 1995. They have recorded a further six podium finishes at the track, their most recent being under their Renault guise in 2005, when both drivers finished in the top three. Renault scored at this circuit in all of the last three seasons, with both cars finishing in the top five in 2019. The last two races here are the only times in the last fifteen seasons that both of Team Enstone’s cars have picked up points at the Italian Grand Prix.

Team Enstone have taken two pole positions at Monza – but have not done so since being under their Benetton guise. Teo Fabi took pole on the team’s first appearance as Benetton here in 1986, while Jean Alesi started from pole in 1997. In the last nine years, 2019 is the only season in which both drivers have progressed to Q3. It was the first time both of the team’s cars qualified in the top six here since 1986. Since the knockout system was introduced, 2014 and 2016 are the only years in which both cars have been eliminated in Q1.


Charles Leclerc took victory in the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, recording Ferrari’s first victory on home soil since Fernando Alonso was victorious in 2010. Flash forward one year, at Ferrari’s 999th Grand Prix, and there wasn’t much to cheer about. Leclerc crashed out, and Sebastian Vettel also retired with brake failure. It was the team’s first double retirement at Monza since 1995, and the first time they left the track point-less since 2005. The team have been present at all 70 F1 races held at Monza so far, and have had the most wins at the Monza circuit, with nineteen victories in total. Since 2009, 2014 and 2020 are the only years that neither Ferrari driver has finished on the podium at the track. Aside from their double DNF in 2020, 2014 is the only other occasion a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the end of the Italian Grand Prix in the last twelve years.

Ferrari took pole position at the Italian Grand Prix in both 2018 and 2019, but neither driver reached Q3 last season. It was the first time since 1984 that no Ferrari drivers qualified in the top ten at Monza. 1969 is the only other year no Ferraris qualified in the top ten positions. The team locked-out the front row for the seventh time at the circuit in 2018, and for the first time since 2000. Since the three-stage qualifying system was introduced in 2006, Ferrari have never recorded a Q1 exit at the track, and have failed to reach Q3 on only five occasions – with Kimi Raikkonen in 2008 and 2014, with Ferrari debutant Giancarlo Fisichella in 2009, and with both drivers in 2020.

FERRARI

2020 RESULT: LECLERC DNF, VETTEL DNF


ALPHATAURI

2020 RESULT: GASLY 1st, KVYAT 9th

The Red Bull junior team have recorded two wins in Formula 1 – and both have been recorded at Monza. Sebastian Vettel took pole and won the Italian Grand Prix for Toro Rosso in 2008, while Pierre Gasly won for AlphaTauri from tenth on the grid in 2020. Those two wins are two of only six occasions that a Red Bull junior driver has picked up points at the Italian Grand Prix. Jaime Alguersuari and Daniel Ricciardo each picked up seventh place finishes in 2011 and 2013 respectively, while Sebastien Buemi finished tenth in 2011. With Daniil Kvyat also finishing tenth in 2020, last year marked the first time that the team scored with both cars at the track since 2011, and the first time they had scored at the circuit since 2013. The team have recorded six DNFs in total at the track, including three in the last five seasons.

Other than the year in which Sebastian Vettel took Toro Rosso’s only pole position, 2013 is the only other season where both of the Red Bull junior team’s drivers have qualified in the top ten at the circuit. Pierre Gasly recorded the team’s first Q3 appearance in five years with ninth on the grid in 2018 and recorded another Q3 appearance with tenth last year. 2009 is the only year where both cars have been eliminated in Q1.


Alfa Romeo have enjoyed success at Monza in the past. Giuseppe Farina won the first F1 race at the Monza circuit in 1950 and was crowned the very first World Champion as a result. Meanwhile, later in their history, Riccardo Patrese took Alfa Romeo’s 26th and latest podium in F1 at the 1984 Italian Grand Prix.

Antonio Giovinazzi’s ninth place for the former Sauber team in 2019 is the only time the team has scored at Monza in the past five Italian Grands Prix. Sauber have taken four podium finishes here – third places with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1995 and with Robert Kubica in 2006 and 2008 and a best-ever second place for Sergio Perez in the 2012 race.

The team’s best qualifying result at the track is third, achieved by Nick Heidfeld in 2006 and by Nico Hulkenberg in 2013. Both of Sauber’s drivers were eliminated in the first part of qualifying in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Kimi Raikkonen’s appearance in Q3 is the team’s only Q3 appearance at Monza in the past five seasons. However, Raikkonen was unable to set a lap time and ultimately started from the pit lane. Last season, Raikkonen progressed to Q2, while Antonio Giovinazzi was out in Q1.

ALFA ROMEO

2020 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 13th, GIOVINAZZI 16th


HAAS

2020 RESULT: GROSJEAN 12th, MAGNUSSEN DNF

Haas are yet to score at the Italian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean finished sixth in the 2018 Italian Grand Prix, but was disqualified from the final result due to a technical infringement with the floor of his car. Haas’ best finish here is eleventh, scored by both Grosjean in 2016 and Kevin Magnussen in 2017. Magnussen became the team’s first retiree at Monza in 2019 and retired again in 2020, while Grosjean recorded the team’s best result at the track since 2017 with twelfth place.

Haas have reached the final part of qualifying twice so far at Monza, with Romain Grosjean scoring the team’s best Saturday result with sixth on the grid in 2018. 2017 marks the only time Haas have failed to progress past Q1 at the circuit, with both cars eliminated in the first part of qualifying. Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s third and fourth Q1 exits here in 2019 and 2020.


Williams have taken six victories at the Italian Grand Prix, their most recent coming at the 2001 event. Since then, they’ve taken three podium finishes here – a second place for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002, and third place finishes for Felipe Massa in both 2014 and 2015. 2019 marked the first time that Williams failed to score at the circuit since 2013 and neither driver scored last year either – though Nicholas Latifi finished eleventh. In the last eighteen years, Nico Rosberg’s retirement in 2006 is the only time a Williams driver has failed to cross the finish line at the Italian Grand Prix.

Williams have taken nine poles at the Italian Grand Prix, most recently with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2002. The team lined up on the front row of the grid at Monza for the first time in thirteen years in 2017, as Lance Stroll was promoted to second on the grid after qualifying fourth, following grid penalties for his competitors. While 2019 marked the first time that neither Williams driver reached Q3 at the circuit since 2013, 2020 was the first time that the team set the two slowest qualifying lap times at Monza. It was their third double Q1 exit at the circuit, after 2009 and 2019.

WILLIAMS

2020 RESULT: LATIFI 11th, RUSSELL 14th


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