Since the first Italian Grand Prix was held in 1950, the scale, grandeur and crowds at this event just keep growing. Just as every year, the Italian Grand Prix or ‘Gran Premio’ will be held at Italy’s premier F1 venue Monza Park, double the size of New York’s Central Park. Located only 30 minutes from Milan, Monza is a perfectly situated for those who enjoy Milan’s fashion boutiques plus it’s within easy reach of the stunning Lake Como. There are also entertainment venues all around. These are just a few of the many attractions which make Monza a must for F1 enthusiasts and the perfect venue for a thrilling weekend in Italy. Here’s a few fun facts about this historic Italian F1 race track:
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1 – Monza is the the most visited race track in the history of Formula One and it is where all Italian Grand Prix have been hosted since 1950 except for one.
2 – Monza is one of the original seven race tracks which featured in the Formula 1 World Championship calendar in 1950. Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and Monaco the other original race tracks that are still on the calender today.
3 – Michael Schumacher holds the record for most Italian Grand Prix wins with five victories to his name.
4 – Ferrari is the most successful team in Italian Grand Prix history with a record 18 wins, no less than 19 pole positions and 45 other podiums.
5 – Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso hold the best record for current F1 drivers at the Italian Grand Prix, each winning twice at Monza.
6 – Red Bull has a dubious honour of the worst performance with only a single win in 2011. They tie with Toro Rosso who also have a single win in 2008.
7 – The layout of the track for first world championship race at Monza in 1950 is largely the same as it is today apart from the chicanes, which were introduced in 1972.
8 – The fastest ever Grand Prix was held at Monza in 2003. At this meet, Michael Schumacher won for Ferrari at an average speed of 247.585 km/h.
9 – The 2003 race was also the one that broke the record for the shortest complete race in the history of Formula. The new record set that day was an hour, 14 minutes and 19. 838 seconds.
10 – The fastest pole-position lap was set at Monza in 2004 by Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello.