Italian F1 Grand Prix

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The Italian Grand Prix is steeped in history, as it has been part of the F1 World Championship line-up since its inception. The Italian Grand Prix has been held at the famous Monza track for every year, except one, in 1980, when it was hosted at the Imola track. This means that Monza is second only to Silverstone for its longevity in hosting the F1 Grand Prix. As with many of its European counterparts, Italy has a long motor racing history and that history is inextricably linked with the famous Monza racing track, built back in 1922.

Italian GP

Monza hosted the first F1 World Championship Italian Grand Prix in 1950, which had four Italian drivers in the line-up. Legendary Giuseppe Farina won the race, with a shared second place finish going to Ferrari’s Dorino Serafini, in his only Grand Prix, and Alberto Ascari. Third place finish was Luigi Fagioli. This meant that, incredibly, the four Italians dominated the podium.

The Italians call the Monza racing track ‘la Pista Magica’, the magic track, and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza no doubt has witnessed some of F1’s most famous victories, as well as its most horrific accidents. Juan Pablo Montoya won his first Grand Prix here in 2001. But the most memorable race has to be the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, which, 33 years later is still the closest and fastest race in F1 history. The first five drivers crossed the finish line within 0.61 of a second of each other, with Peter Gethin winning the race. The staggering average speed of the 1971 Italian Grand Prix was 242.615 kph (151.634 mph).

In another incident, legendary German driver Jochen Rindt became the first and only driver to win the Drivers’ Championship title posthumously, after he was killed in a fatal crash at the Italian Grand Prix in 1970, before the season ended. He crashed at the Parabolica during a practice session and succumbed to his injuries, but no driver could catch up to his championship points that season. The most recent fatal incident took place in the 2000 Italian Grand Prix, where flying debris from a pile-up in the first lap killed a fire marshal. In Monza’s early F1 years, 52 drivers and 35 spectators died. But subsequently modifications to the race track have reduced the number of accidents and no deaths have been recorded in F1 races since 1978.

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza is considered by most F1 enthusiasts to be the most magical race on the F1 calendar. The combination of Italian passion for racing and the legendary Ferrari team makes this Grand Prix one of the most exhilarating races in the season. In fact, almost as many Italian fans turn up for the Ferrari testing as they do for Grand Prix weekend!

The race’s recent history has provided winners such as Sebastian Vettel, who has won the Italian Grand Prix three times so far, in 2008, 2011 and 2013. However, Michael Schumacher still holds the most wins with five, the last being in 2006, followed by Nelson Piquet with four wins.

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