First corner shunts, wet weather call outs and a phantom Safety Car deployment. Here’s a list of every time that the Safety Car has made an appearance at the Italian Grand Prix.
2000 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 1
The first Safety Car appearance at the Italian Grand Prix came on the opening lap of the 2000 Monza race. There was a multi-car crash at the second chicane, after Heinz-Harald Frentzen made contact with team-mate Jarno Trulli. It resulted in Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard also being eliminated from the race.
Among the carnage, Pedro de la Rosa made contact with the back of Johnny Herbert and flipped into the gravel trap, landing on top of Coulthard’s McLaren. While no drivers were injured, the accident resulted in the death of marshal Paolo Gislimberti.
At 11 laps, this remains the longest Safety Car period at the Italian Grand Prix.
2007 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 3
It would be seven years before the next Safety Car deployment at the Italian Grand Prix. In the early stages of the 2007 Italian Grand Prix, David Coulthard crashed following a car failure in the Curva Grande. The Safety Car missed the front of the pack when it was deployed and arrived on track in the middle of the field.
2008 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 1
Due to wet weather, the 2008 Italian Grand Prix began behind the Safety Car. It came in after two laps.
2009 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 53
Lewis Hamilton crashed on the final lap of the 2009 Italian Grand Prix, making it the third consecutive Monza race with a Safety Car period. However, the Safety Car did not actually appear on track as race leader Rubens Barrichello was two corners from the chequered flag. This race is classed as finishing under Safety Car conditions.
2011 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 1
On the run to Turn 1 at the start of the 2011 Italian Grand Prix, Vitantonio Liuzzi went on to the grass following contact with Heikki Kovalainen and slid along it, into the rest of the field, eliminating two other cars from the race.
2018 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 1
The Safety Car made an appearance early on in the 2018 Italian Grand Prix following a collision for Brendon Hartley just after the cars left the grid. The Toro Rosso driver made contact with both Stoffel Vandoorne and Marcus Ericsson. Front wing contact with the McLaren and a side impact with the Sauber saw his tyre deflate.
2019 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 29
The first VSC period at the Italian Grand Prix came in the 2019 Monza race. Carlos Sainz stopped at the pit exit with an incorrectly fitted wheel. The VSC was called while his car was pushed away, lasting for only 50 seconds.
2019 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 31
Another VSC period followed later on in the 2019 Italian Grand Prix. An engine failure saw Daniil Kvyat stop at Turn 1. His car was cleared away under VSC conditions in just over a minute.
2020 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 20
Kevin Magnussen stopped just short of the pit entry. Under this Safety Car period, the pit lane was closed. Notably, race leader Lewis Hamilton pitted despite this, which saw him handed a penalty.
2020 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 25
A hefty shunt for Charles Leclerc at the Parabolica came soon after the previous Safety Car period ended. The Safety Car was out for just under three minutes before the red flag was shown due to barrier repairs being required.
2020 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 27
The Safety Car led the drivers around to the grid for a standing restart at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.
2021 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 1
Contact at the second chicane saw Antonio Giovinazzi lose his front wing. The VSC was out for a minute while the debris was cleared.
2021 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 26
The two championship rivals – Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton – collided at Turn 1, just after Hamilton exited the pit lane. Verstappen’s car ended up on top of Hamilton’s, with both of them eliminated from the race.
2021 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 44
Nikita Mazepin stopped at the side of the track, leading to a brief VSC period lasting just over a minute.
2022 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 12
Sebastian Vettel stopped trackside on his final appearance at Monza, leading to the VSC being deployed for around 90 seconds while the Aston Martin was cleared away.
2022 Italian Grand Prix, Lap 48
Daniel Ricciardo stopped trackside. The Safety Car was deployed, with the race finishing under Safety Car conditions.