The Drivers and Teams head to Italy for the Italian GP at Monza. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton kicked off the second half of the season by winning in Belgium but championship leader, Sebastian Vettel was close behind. The tifosi will be out in force for the Scuderia, will they be treated to a “home” win?
- First GP held: 1950
- Lap Record: 1:21.046, Rubens Barrichello, 2004
- Laps: 53
- Circuit Length: 5.793km
- Race distance: 306.72km
- Corners: 11
- Tyre compounds available: Supersoft, Soft and Medium tyre
Drivers Championship – After Round 11
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 220pts
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 213pts
- Valterri Bottas (Mercedes) 179pts
- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 132pts
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 128pts
Out of the current field, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are tied on 3 wins each. Vettel back in 2008, 2011 and 2013 while Hamilton back in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Fernando Alonso has won twice round here his first win back in 2007 and his last in 2010. Overall, Michael Schumacher has recorded the most amount of wins with 5.
Ferrari are the most successful team round here and have 19 victories on home turf. McLaren recorded their last win here back in 2012 and sit 2nd on 10 wins. Williams have 6 wins with their last win dating back to 2001 while Red Bull sit on 2 wins thanks to Vettel’s victories back in 2011 and 2013.
Last Years Race (2016)
- Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
- Podium finishers: 1st – Nico Rosberg, 2nd – Lewis Hamilton, 3rd – Sebastian Vettel
- Fastest Lap: 1:25.340 – Fernando Alonso
Classic GP: 1999 Italian GP
Going into the race, McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen lead the Drivers Championship on 60 points by only a single point ahead of Ferrari’s Eddie Irvine.
Hakkinen claimed pole position by half a second ahead of Jordan’s Heinz-Harald Frentzen and the other McLaren of David Coulthard. Irvine was 8th behind Ferrari teammate Mika Salo in 6th and the Stewart of Rubens Barrichello in 7th.
Hakkinen lead from the start as Williams Alex Zanardi overtook Coulthard and Frentzen for 2nd. Frentzen was able to re-overtake Zanardi after the Williams driver ran over a kerb and damaged the under-side of his car. Barrichello made gains as he overtook Coulthard on lap 11 and Salo on lap 19. Barrichello then overtook Zanardi on lap 26 followed by Salo on lap 28. Hakkinen led Frentzen and the Williams of Ralf Schumacher but then on lap 30, Hakkinen made an uncharacteristic mistake.
The Finn made a mistake changing gear – selecting first instead of second– and spun off. In a rare show of emotion, the Finn burst into tears at the side of the track. Frentzen inherited the lead as the drivers made their pit-stops. Frentzen sustained an attack from Schumacher as behind, Coulthard tried to overtake Barrichello for 4th.
Frentzen won ahead of Schumacher and Salo with Barrichello, Coulthard and Irvine rounding out the top 6. Irvine’s point moved him level with Hakkinen on points, both now on 60 points. Frentzen’s win put him 3rd in the championship and only 10 points behind Hakkinen and Irvine.