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  • Author James Roberts
  • Published September 6, 2013

Italian Grand Prix: pub knowledge

The Formula 1 world championship heads to the evocative home of Ferrari this weekend, the fabled Autodromo di Monza for the Italian Grand Prix – F1 Racing’s Jimmy Roberts gives you some instant pub knowledge


The Formula 1 world championship heads to the evocative home of Ferrari this weekend, the fabled Autodromo di Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.


This is round 12 of 19 in the calendar and the final race to be held in Europe this year.


Feeding on speed Monza is the fastest circuit in grand prix racing with an average lap speed of 159mph; the season average is 131mph.


Pole dance Five of the last six races at Monza have been won from pole position. So far in 2013, four of the 11 races have been won from pole.


Stop start The braking zone for Turn 1 features a deceleration of 165mph, from 211mph to an apex speed of 46mph in a little under two seconds.


New is the new new Every driver is expected to run a brand new engine for the Italian GP. Eight engines are permitted a year and as 83 per cent of the Monza lap is at full throttle, teams save a new 2.4-litre V8 especially for the weekend.


No holding back Last year there were 51 overtaking moves in total during the Italian GP, 20 of them assisted by the Drag Reduction System (DRS).


Changing times Top speeds at the 3.599-mile Monza circuit can reach 149mph, while drivers will change gear 46 times a lap.


Staying power Monza is one of only two circuits (Silverstone is the other) that formed part of the inaugural world championship calendar in 1950 and is still raced on today.


Unlucky fourth The 1971 Italian GP remains the closest finish in the history of the sport. British racer Peter Gethin beat Ronnie Peterson by 0.01 seconds. Francois Cevert was third, 0.09s behind, and Mike Hailwood fourth just 0.18s behind the leader.


Home at home Ferrari have dominated the Italian GP with 18 world championship victories in 63 attempts. The most famous was the 1-2 finish they scored in 1988 just weeks after the death of their founder Enzo Ferrari.


High five Michael Schumacher has won the Italian GP more times than any other F1 driver. Five times he won for the Scuderia (1996, ’98, 2000, ’03, ’06) and famously announced his first retirement at Monza after his 2006 victory.


Royal appointment The Autdromo di Monza circuit is based on the outskirts of Milan in a royal park. The first major race here was in 1922 and in the pre- and post-war era cars raced on the fabled banking that can still be seen in places around the track today.


Talent spotting Italian outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso have only ever scored one grand prix victory. That came in the 2008 Italian GP when Sebastian Vettel sensationally won in the wet – instantly marking himself out as a future talent.


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