THE 2021 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 14. 10th – 12th September.
1049th F1 GRAND PRIX | 91st ITALIAN GRAND PRIX | 71st GRAND PRIX AT MONZA
2020 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2020 WINNER: PIERRE GASLY
Friday 10th September
Free Practice 1 (2:30pm Local Time/ 1:30pm UK Time)
Qualifying (6pm Local Time/ 5pm UK Time)
Saturday 11th September
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Sprint Qualifying (4:30pm Local Time/ 3:30pm UK Time)
Sunday 12th September
The 2021 Italian Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- Should he win the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton will set a new record for most Italian Grand Prix victories. He currently shares the record of five victories at Monza with Michael Schumacher.
- Should Fernando Alonso win this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, it will be the second time he has won the event on 12th September. He won the 2010 Italian Grand Prix, which was held on the same day.
There have been no major circuit changes since F1 last raced at Monza in 2020.
Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
MONZA TRACK GUIDE
‘La Pista Magica’ – ‘the magic track’ – is how Monza is referred to by Italians. The ferocious speed of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza encapsulates the spirit of the sport like no other circuit and requires the drivers to be on the absolute limit throughout the race weekend. Steeped in history and universally loved by Formula One fans, Monza has hosted the most Grands Prix in the sport’s entirety.
Italians, in particular the Milan Automobile Club, wanted to host an Italian Grand Prix to rival the already successful Grand Prix of the French Automobile Club. In January 1922, Monza was selected as the location for the new racing circuit, being selected rather than Gallarate or a Grand Prix in the Milan area. Monza was chosen due to its versatility of having a mass of open land – indeed the largest city park in Europe. Construction of the Monza circuit began in February 1922 and was completed by a 3,500 strong workforce during the summer of the same year, despite attempts to stop the construction due to landscape conservation fears.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear at the press conference for the Italian Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Mario Isola (Pirelli), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo) and Franz Tost (AlphaTauri).
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 ITALIAN GP RECAP
Lewis Hamilton set a new record for the fastest ever lap in qualifying for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, but the race will be remembered for Pierre Gasly’s stunning victory with AlphaTauri.
Qualifying for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix saw some of the fastest ever lap times in Formula 1 history. While there was the usual jostling for position, with all the drivers keen to pick up a slipstream, qualifying at Monza came to a less farcical conclusion than twelve months previously. It was Lewis Hamilton who would take pole with the fastest ever lap in F1 history, securing pole by 0.069 seconds. On race day, the Grand Prix started in the usual fashion, with Hamilton pulling clear at the front. Carlos Sainz, who had qualified a career-best third overtook Valtteri Bottas at the start – and it wasn’t long before Sainz’s McLaren team-mate Lando Norris also passed the Mercedes. Bottas was passed by more cars – with both Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo finding their way through. Sebastian Vettel, who qualified in a disappointing seventeenth, retired on Lap 6 with brake failure, while Kevin Magnussen came to a halt thirteen laps later. The Safety Car was called as a result. However, with Magnussen’s car stopped near the pit exit, the pit lane was closed. Despite that, race leader Hamilton pulled into the pit lane. Sainz assumed the lead as a result of Hamilton’s stop. The pit lane eventually opened two laps later, with most of the field opting to stop. Crucially, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Kimi Raikkonen did not stop. Their fortunes for the afternoon were greatly improved when a heavy crash for Charles Leclerc brought out the red flags. While repairs were carried out on the tyre barrier, it was announced that both Hamilton and Antonio Giovinazzi had received ten-second stop/go penalties for entering the pit lane when it was closed. The race began again on Lap 28 with a standing start. Hamilton led the field away, with Pierre Gasly second and Kimi Raikkonen third. A lock-up for Stroll saw him run wide at the second chicane, luckily missing the car in front of him. Hamilton pitted to serve his penalty, allowing Gasly into the lead of the race. As Max Verstappen was forced onto the sidelines, Sainz set about moving up the order, overtaking Raikkonen with a bold move at Turn 1. Stroll also passed the Alfa Romeo soon after. That was the order in which the top three would remain, though Sainz kept the pressure on Gasly until the very end, eventually finishing less than half a second behind the AlphaTauri. Gasly claimed France’s first Grand Prix win in over 24 years, while the Red Bull junior team took their second victory – twelve years after Vettel took their first at the same circuit. Sainz and Stroll completed the podium, with all three podium finishers claiming the second top three finish of their careers.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:21.537 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:34.000 (Sergio Perez)||1:27.905 (Charles Leclerc)||1:20.703 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Free Practice 2||1:21.406 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:21.105 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:20.978 (Charles Leclerc)||1:20.192 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:40.660 (Felipe Massa)||1:20.509 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:20.294 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:20.089 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Qualifying||1:35.554 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:19.119 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:19.307 (Charles Leclerc)||1:18.887 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:23.361 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:22.497 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:21.779 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:22.746 (Lewis Hamiton|