F1 Team Form: Italian Grand Prix at Monza

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

MERCEDES

WINS: 7, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 15 | 2021 RESULT: BOTTAS 3rd, HAMILTON DNF

Ferrari ended a five-year winning streak for Mercedes at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, while 2020 is the only 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.

Since their 2010 comeback, Mercedes have finished outside of the points at Monza on only three occasions. All three occasions were retirements, for Nico Rosberg who crashed out on Lap 1 in 2011 and suffered an engine failure in 2015 and for Lewis Hamilton in 2020, who crashed with title rival Max Verstappen.

Mercedes have taken eight 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. Valtteri Bottas took pole position last year, but was demoted to the back of the grid following a penalty for taking new power unit components.

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

WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 3 | 2021 RESULT: PEREZ 5th, VERSTAPPEN DNF

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 in 2020, Max Verstappen retired while Alex Albon finished only fifteenth. Verstappen retired again in 2021 following a collision with Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull have taken two pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix and locked-out the front row in 2012. They also started from pole in 2021, as Max Verstappen was promoted to pole position following a grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas. 2017 is the only other year since 2013 in which a Red Bull driver has qualified on the front row at Monza – but Verstappen 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 fourteen 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.

FERRARI

WINS: 19, POLES: 21, PODIUMS: 69 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 4th, SAINZ 6th

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 71 F1 races held at Monza so far, and have had the most wins at the Monza circuit, with nineteen victories in total. Since 2009 there have been only three Monza races which have not featured a Ferrari driver on the podium: 2014, 2020 and 2021. 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 thirteen years.

Ferrari took pole position at the Italian Grand Prix in both 2018 and 2019, but neither driver reached Q3 in 2020. 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, doing so 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.

McLAREN

WINS: 11, POLES: 11, PODIUMS: 29 | 2021 RESULT: RICCIARDO 1st, NORRIS, 2nd

McLaren took their first Formula 1 victory in almost a decade at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo leading Lando Norris home in a 1-2 finish. It was the team’s first 1-2 finish at Monza since 2007. Between 2015 and 2019, the team scored only a solitary point at the track – and suffered five retirements. The team’s double DNF in 2017 was their first double retirement at Monza since 2001.

The team have won at the track on ten occasions. They’ve had podium finishes in the last two years, with Carlos Sainz having provided the team with their first podium 2012 then in 2020, narrowly missing out on the victory.

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 drivers have qualified in the top six in each of the last two seasons. 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.

ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: ALONSO 8th, OCON 10th

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.

The team has finished with both cars in the points at all of the last three Italian Grands Prix and recorded a double top five result in 2019. Prior to 2019, 2005 was the last time both drivers finished in the points.

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. Both drivers were out in Q2 last year.

ALPHATAURI

WINS: 2*, POLES: 1*, PODIUMS: 2* | 2021 RESULT: GASLY DNF, TSUNODA DNS

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, it 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 at all since 2013.

The team have recorded eight non-finishes in total at the track, including five in the last six seasons. Last year, Yuki Tsunoda failed to start the race and Pierre Gasly retired. It was the team’s first double non-finish at the track since 2009.

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 reached Q3 again in both 2019 and 2020. 2009 is the only year where both cars have been eliminated in Q1.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: STROLL 7th, VETTEL 12th

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 but one of the last eleven Italian Grands Prix, finishing with both cars in the top ten in all but three of those races. They have not recorded a retirement here since 2013. In 2020, 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.

For the first time since 2013, neither of the Silverstone-based team’s cars appeared in Q3 at last year’s Italian Grand Prix. However, Lance Stroll made it the eighth consecutive year in which the team have qualified in the top ten here after making up places in Sprint Qualifying.

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.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 6, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 19 | 2021 RESULT: RUSSELL 9th, LATIFI 11th

In the last nineteen 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 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 in 2020 either. With ninth place in 2021, George Russell recorded Williams’ first points at the Italian Grand Prix since 2018.

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.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 4 | 2021 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 13th, KUBICA 14th

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 six 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.

The team have reached Q3 only twice here in the past six seasons – one of those occasions was Kimi Raikkonen in 2019, who crashed in Q3 and subsequently started from the pit lane. Antonio Giovinazzi reached Q3 here last year and went on to qualify eighth in Sprint Qualifying – the team’s best Saturday result at Monza since 2013.

HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: SCHUMACHER 15th, MAZEPIN 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. Nikita Mazepin recorded the team’s third retirement in as many years at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

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 and 2021 mark the only times Haas have failed to progress past Q1 at the circuit, with both cars eliminated in the first part of qualifying.

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