ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
AUTODROMO DI MONZA - MONZA
FP1: 13:30 - 14:30 / FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
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FP1: 13:30 - 14:30 /
FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
Italian GP: all you need to know
The Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Our home race! What better way to say farewell to the European part of the season than spending a weekend in the atmospheric Royal Park in Monza, surely one of the most iconic venues in motorsport. F1 in Monza means “the temple of speed.”
As the sun burns the early autumnal mist off the trees early on Sunday morning and the crowds take up their places in the grandstands, in the trees, on the advertising hoardings and anywhere that affords them a view of the track, this race really does feel special.
Monza on the outskirts of Milan is around 280 kilometres from our factory and therefore it provides the best opportunity for all our staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes in our factory in Faenza to come and see the results of their efforts at first hand.
Monza and F1 Grand Prix in Italy
Formula 1 Monza: three words that evoke the Italian GP, which has been held at this track since 1950, with the exception of one outing at Imola in 1980. In the past, there were actually two F1 races on Italian soil, where passion for racing has always had strong roots. Apart from Monza, there was also the San Marino Grand Prix run at Imola’s Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit from 1981 to 2006.
But let’s get back to F1 at Monza: the Autodromo di Monza was built in 1922, featuring a two-track layout, the normal road circuit and a banked oval. In 1955, the Italian GP was run over both tracks, so that cars passed the start-finish line twice every lap, once when completing a circuit of the oval and once on the road section, giving a total lap distance of almost ten kilometres.
The banking, which can still be seen today in a sad state of disrepair, was last used in 1961, while the previous year, another F1 landmark was reached when Phil Hill, driving a Ferrari, scored the last ever win for a front-engined grand prix car.
The Monza circuit is located inside the Villa Reale park. It took just 110 days to build what was then the third permanent race track in the world, after Indianapolis and Brooklands, the latter no longer in use. With the exception of the 1980 race, which was run at Imola, all Italian Grands Prix have been held at Monza.
A special track
The Italian venue holds wonderful memories for our team. Under the Toro Rosso banner in 2008, we secured our first pole position and win, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. 12 years later, in 2020, Pierre Gasly brought those memories flooding back, as was he was first past the chequered flag to secure the first win of the Scuderia AlphaTauri era.
Temple of speed
Monza has quite rightly been known as this for a very long time, with drivers spending 80% of the lap with the pedal to the metal. The fastest ever Formula 1 lap was set at Monza in 2004 by Juan Pablo Montoya. In free practice, the Colombian stopped the clocks at an average speed of 260.6 km/h.