Verstappen could become the first driver to win ten consecutive races, Alonso could reach 20,000 laps raced and Ferrari are in search of their 20th win at Monza. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix!
THE 2023 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX MILESTONES
The 2023 Italian Grand Prix will be the 1,093rd World Championship event in Formula 1 history.
This will be the 105th time that Formula 1 has raced in Italy. The 2023 Italian Grand Prix will be the 93rd Italian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1921 and the 74th time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship. This will be the 73rd Formula 1 race held at Monza.
At the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso becomes the first driver to make 20 World Championship appearances at Monza. He’ll overtake Rubens Barrichello’s existing record of 19 starts at the track.
As they’re guaranteed to remain in the lead of the Constructors’ Championship after the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull will become the fifth team – after Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams – to have led the team standings on 100 occasions.
The 2023 Italian Grand Prix will be the third round of the World Championship to be held on September 3. The two previous races held on this date also took place at Monza, in 1950 and 2017
The 37th lap of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix will be the 4,200th Grand Prix racing lap to take place at Monza.
THE FORMULA 1 RECORDS TO BREAK
At the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, Max Verstappen secured his ninth consecutive victory, equalling Sebastian Vettel for the most consecutive wins in F1 history. Another win this weekend would make him the first driver to record ten consecutive victories.
A top three finish for Max Verstappen would see him equal the fourth longest podium streak in Formula 1 history. He has finished on the podium at the last 14 races – one away from equalling Fernando Alonso’s longest consecutive podium streak.
Should he extend his championship lead by 18 points at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen will set a new record for the largest championship lead ever held in Formula 1. He currently leads the championship by 138 points from team-mate Sergio Perez. The record for the largest lead is 155 points, set by Sebastian Vettel at the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Red Bull could set a new record for the most points by which a team has led the Constructors’ Championship. They would need to lead by 298 points after the race. The current record for the largest points lead held in the team standings was set by Mercedes, who led by 297 points after the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
If Fernando Alonso reaches Lap 51 of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, he will become the first driver in history to have raced 20,000 Grand Prix laps during his Formula 1 career.
If he secures the fastest lap at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton would set a new outright record for the most fastest laps at a single circuit. This would be Hamilton’s eighth fastest lap at Monza.
Should he lead 17 laps of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen will become the sixth Formula 1 driver to have led 2,500 Grand Prix laps during his career.
A fastest lap for Max Verstappen this weekend would make him the fifth driver to have taken fastest lap at 20 different circuits during his Formula 1 career. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are the only other drivers to have reached that milestone.
A top ten finish for Max Verstappen will see him equal the second-longest points scoring streak in Formula 1 history. Verstappen has scored at all of the last 32 races and another top ten result at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix will see him equal Lewis Hamilton’s 33-race scoring streak between the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2018 French Grand Prix.
A victory for Ferrari at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix would make them the first team to have taken 20 victories at a single circuit. Ferrari have previously won at Monza on 19 occasions, most recently with Charles Leclerc in 2019.
Pole position for Ferrari at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix would see them extend their record of most poles at a single circuit to 23.
Victory for a Ferrari powered-car at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix would see the engine manufacturer equal their own record for most victories at a single Grand Prix. Ferrari have powered 21 wins at the German Grand Prix and 20 so far at the Italian Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, it would be the second time that he has won the Monza race on September 3. He also won the 2017 Italian Grand Prix on September 3. It would make it the 22nd time in F1 that a driver has won the same race on the same date twice. Read more: F1’s Groundhog Days.
A top ten qualification for Lewis Hamilton will make him the first driver to record 300 Q3 appearances in Formula 1.
At the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen joined Fernando Alonso as only the second driver to have won races from nine different grid positions. Either driver could become the first to win from ten different grid positions, while Lewis Hamilton could equal the existing record.
Pole position for Charles Leclerc would see him overtake Valtteri Bottas as the non-champion to have taken the most pole positions in Formula 1. The pair are currently tied on 20 poles apiece.
Having already won the Saudi Arabian and Singapore Grands Prix, one more victory for Sergio Perez in 2023 would make this the first season in which he has won three Grands Prix in a single year.
If Fernando Alonso wins any race this season, he will become the oldest driver to win a Grand Prix since Jack Brabham at the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Brabham won that race at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 5 days.
A fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso in the 2023 Italian Grand Prix would see him equal Jenson Button for the most fifth place finishes in Formula 1. Button finished fifth on 27 occasions during his career.
If Logan Sargeant picks up two points this weekend, the United States would become the tenth nation to have scored 1,000 points in Formula 1. American drivers have been stuck on 998 points since the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, when Michael Andretti scored the last points of his career with a podium finish for McLaren. If Sargeant fails to do so, America will pass the milestone of it being 30 years since they last scored an F1 point on September 12.
A top ten finish for Nico Hulkenberg would make this the 100th race weekend at which he has scored points. That includes the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, at which he only scored points in the Sprint.
A Q3 appearance for Nico Hulkenberg would see him become the 14th driver to record 100 Q3 appearances since the knockout qualifying system was introduced in 2006.
2023 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX: RECORDS TO BREAK
Victory for Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix would see him set a new record for most Monza victories. He’s currently tied with Michael Schumacher for most victories here, with five.
Lewis Hamilton could become the first driver to record nine podium finishes at Monza. He’s currently tied for most top three finishes at the track with Michael Schumacher. Both drivers have had eight podiums at the track.
If Fernando Alonso reaches Lap 10 of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix he’ll become the driver to have raced the most Grand Prix laps at Monza in Formula 1 history. Alonso has completed 880 laps here so far – nine less than Kimi Raikkonen, who currently holds the all-time record.
A top ten finish for Lewis Hamilton will see him equal Michael Schumacher as the driver to have scored on the most occasions at the Italian Grand Prix. Schumacher picked up points on 14 occasions at Monza.
Should a team other than Mercedes, Ferrari, AlphaTauri, McLaren or Red Bull win the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, it would equal the record for most successive races at Monza to be won by different teams. Six different teams won in the six Monza races between 1967 and 1972.
Lando Norris will be hoping to maintain his 100% points-scoring rate at Monza. Having scored on all four appearances so far, he currently holds the record for most appearances at the track without failing to score.
Valtteri Bottas holds the record for most appearances at Monza without a DNF. He’s reached the chequered flag on all ten outings so far. He’ll be looking to extend the record at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix.
2023 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RECORDS
Alex Albon will be hoping to maintain his 100% Q3 appearance record at the Italian Grand Prix. Sebastien Bourdais is the only other driver to have reached Q3 on every appearance at the track.
If Fernando Alonso is out in Q2 at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, he’ll equal Daniil Kvyat as the driver with the most Q2 eliminations at Monza. Kvyat recorded five Q2 exits here during his career.
Four drivers are currently tied for most Q1 exits at Monza: Marcus Ericsson, Romain Grosjean, Timo Glock and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Kevin Magnussen could equal the record of four Q1 exits at Monza at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST VICTORY SINCE 2021
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see car number 44 equal car number 2 as the car number to have taken the third most wins in Formula 1.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton at any race in 2023 would see him move into the top 20 of the oldest drivers to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1. He would overtake Damon Hill as the third-oldest British driver to have won a Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins any race this year, he’ll overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have had the longest gap between his first and last Grand Prix victories. He’d also be the first driver to have won after the 300th race of his career. Fernando Alonso would break the record if he were to take victory.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have won in 16 different Formula 1 seasons. 2022 is the only season during his career in which Hamilton has not taken a victory.
WILL MERCEDES BE BACK IN THE FIGHT?
A victory for Mercedes would make 2023 the 12th consecutive season in which the team has won a race. They would be only the third team to win in 12 consecutive seasons, after Ferrari (1994-2013) and McLaren (1981-1993).
Victory for a Mercedes-powered car would see them become only the third engine manufacturer to have won in 17 consecutive Formula 1 seasons. The only other manufacturers to have done so are Ferrari (20 seasons, between 1994-2013) and Ford Cosworth (17 seasons, between 1967-1983).
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.