1073rd F1 GRAND PRIX | 92nd ITALIAN GRAND PRIX | 72nd GRAND PRIX AT MONZA
2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: DANIEL RICCIARDO
The temple of speed. The fastest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar. F1 has raced at Monza in every season except one. The 2022 Italian Grand Prix is set to take place on September 9-11.
Friday 9th September
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time/ 1:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time/ 4:00pm UK Time
Saturday 10th September
Free Practice 3 – 1:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 4:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Sunday 11th September
The 2022 Italian Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time/ 2:00pm UK Time
Lewis Hamilton can set a new outright record for most Italian Grand Prix victories this weekend. He’s currently tied with Michael Schumacher on five wins at the event.
The 2022 Italian Grand Prix will be the eighth race held on September 11th. It becomes only the fifteenth date on which eight or more World Championship races have been held. All but one of the previous races on this day have taken place at Monza. The last race to take place on this day was the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso will equal the record for most appearances at Monza this weekend with his nineteenth appearance. Rubens Barrichello is the only other driver to enter the Italian Grand Prix on nineteen occasions.
Ferrari could be first team to win at a single circuit on 20 occasions should they win the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO MONZA?
Since F1’s last visit to Monza, the track has been resurfaced between Turns 1 & 2, Turns 4 & 5 and Turns 8 & 10. Other changes include the removal of rubber kerbing, along with the reduction of verges and run-off areas.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX?
DRS zones at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix are almost the same as in 2021. The activation zones are located on the main straight and between Turns 7 & 8. The detection point on the main straight has moved to after the Parabolica, instead of before it.
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 1 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.
The track opened its gates for the first time on 3rd September 1922. After six successful years, the 1928 Italian Grand Prix was marred by the death of the driver Emilio Materassi and twenty seven spectators in the worst accident seen in Italian motorsport. The event had a negative impact on the perspective of the sport in the country, leading to the event’s suspension for 1929 and 1930. Tragedy would strike again in the 1933 running, with three top drivers being killed in three heat races leading up to the main event. The terrible events led to chicanes being added to the circuit and, after the 1938 Italian Grand Prix, the banked section was dismantled.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are:
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Tom McCullough (Aston Martin), Andrew Shovlin (Mercedes), Pierre Waché (Red Bull), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari) and Mario Isola (Pirelli).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
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 Mika Salo.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX?
Championship rivals Hamilton and Verstappen collided in the 2021 Italian Grand Prix as Ricciardo secured McLaren’s first victory in almost a decade.
Sprint Qualifying was back in action at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, with the drivers having just an hour of practice before the qualifying hour. Traffic proved to be an issue in Q1 as the drivers searched for slipstreams around the Monza circuit, though a complete farce in Q3 – like in years gone by – was avoided. Valtteri Bottas secured pole position for the sprint race.
Carlos Sainz suffered a crash on Saturday morning in Free Practice 2, but his car was fixed in time for the sprint race. Both Mercedes started on the front row for Sprint Qualifying, but Lewis Hamilton lost positions at the start, falling to fifth. Pierre Gasly picked up damage to his front wing and crashed out. As the Safety Car was deployed, Robert Kubica spun at the rear of the field. The rest of the sprint race passed without drama and Bottas crossed the finish line first.
Despite his qualifying efforts, Bottas was consigned to starting from the back of the grid after taking on new power unit elements. His penalty promoted Max Verstappen to pole, with Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren starting alongside him. Ricciardo seized the opportunity into Turn 1 and took the lead of the race.
Behind Ricciardo, Hamilton and Verstappen went wheel to wheel into the second chicane, with the Mercedes driver running across the chicane following light contact with the Red Bull. Antonio Giovinazzi – who had qualified in the top ten – spun on the opening lap after contact with a Ferrari, undoing his good work from the previous two days.
While Hamilton made a move on Lando Norris, Verstappen endured a slow pit stop. Hamilton’s pit stop was also sub-par, but was good enough to see him come out of the pit-lane alongside his title rival. Somewhat inevitably, the pair collided at the chicane, with the Red Bull ending up parked on top of the Mercedes. Both drivers were out of the race.
As the Safety Car came into the pit lane, Ricciardo led from Charles Leclerc – who was soon overtaken by Norris, making it a McLaren 1-2. That’s how it would remain, with Ricciardo sealing McLaren’s first victory in almost a decade. Bottas, who had started nineteenth, joined the pair on the podium following an impressive comeback drive.