F1 returns to the ‘Temple Of Speed’ this weekend as the iconic Italian Grand Prix takes centre stage at Monza.
The adoring tifosi will head to the famous circuit just outside Milan full of expectation and renewed hope after Ferrari’s spectacular renaissance in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
Charles Leclerc claimed his first F1 victory in the Belgian countryside, holding off World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton to come home in front. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel meanwhile will be desperate to show he is not now number two in his own garage after trailing in Leclerc’s wake at Spa.
Max Verstappen meanwhile had a disappointing race at Spa as his afternoon ended early after coming together with Kimi Raikkonen. He’ll be hoping to get back into the form that so re-energised the season before the summer break.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of one of the showpiece races in the F1 calendar.
When is the 2019 Italian Grand Prix?
The start times for the Italian Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday September 6, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday September 6, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday September 7, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday September 7, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday September 8, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the Italian Grand Prix take place?
The original banked track built in 1922 has long since been abandoned, with the modern Monza circuit boasting fast sweeping corners and long straights.
Some of the corners have been tightened a little in the interests of safety in recent years and chicanes have been brought into play.
Monza is the real home of the Italian Grand Prix, which has been staged here every year but one since 1950, and the “tifosi” or fans add to the unique atmosphere.
Sunday’s race will be run over 53 laps of the 5.793km track.
Directions: How can I get to the Italian Grand Prix?
Monza is 15 km (10 miles) north-east of Milan, easily accessible either via the A1 or A4 routes then the S36 into the town itself.
Milan has two airports – Linate is the nearest to Monza and handles the internal and European flights. The more distant Malpensa handles both European and international flights.
Where can I watch the Italian Grand Prix on TV?
Italian Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Full coverage will also be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The Italian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports and Foxtel 4k (no ad breaks)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the Italian Grand Prix?
Friday September 6: 23C, cloudy.
Saturday September 7: 24C, partly cloudy.
Sunday September 8: 25C, mostly sunny.
Which drivers have won the Italian Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton’s brilliant victory at Monza in 2018 was pivotal in his march towards retaining the World Championship. He prevailed with a stunning drive after the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had roared to a front-row lockout in qualifying.
Hamilton’s victory was his fifth at the home of Italian motorsport, joining former Ferrari great Michael Schumacher for the most victories by a driver there. Brazilian Nelson Piquet is next in the all-time list with four successes.
Unsurprisingly Ferrari lead the way in terms of victories by a constructor with 19 in total, though they have not tasted success at their home Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso came home in front back in 2010. McLaren are second on the all-time list with 10 victories while Mercedes have nine.
The last 10 winners of the Italian Grand Prix are as follows:
2018: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2017: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2016: Nico Rosberg (Germany, Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Red Bull)
2012: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, McLaren)
2011: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Red Bull)
2010: Fernando Alonso (Spain, Ferrari)
2009: Rubens Barrichello (Brazil, Brawn-Mercedes)
Track Lap Record: 1:21.046 Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari, 2004)
Italian Prix grid positions
Charles Leclerc delighted the tifosi by claiming another pole at Monza on Saturday – albeit after a farcical Q3 session. Full grid positions for the Italian Grand Prix are as follows:
1 Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
3 Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
4 Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)
7 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain, McLaren)
8 Alex Albon (Thailand, Red Bull)
9 Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
10 Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo)
11 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)
12 Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
13 Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
14 George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)
15 Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
16 Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)*
17 Pierre Gasly (France, Toro Rosso)*
18 Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)*
19 Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull)*
20 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo)*
* Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez will start from back of grid due to multiple power unit element changes.
* Kimi Raikkonen penalised five places for a gearbox change and then drops to pit lane due to multiple power unit element changes.
What are the odds for the Italian Grand Prix?
Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton are battling for favouritism after qualifying at Monza on Saturday. Leading odds for Sunday’s race at Monza from Bet365 are as follows:
1/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5/4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
6/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
14/1 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
28/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
(Prices correct at 2100 BST on Saturday September 7)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the Italian Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 268 points
Valtteri Bottas – 203 points
Max Verstappen – 181 points
Sebastian Vettel – 169 points
Charles Leclerc – 157 points
Mercedes – 471 points
Ferrari – 326 points
Red Bull – 254 points
Tyre choices for the Italian Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C2 tyre to the Italian Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C3 and the red soft C4. Their compound set ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest).
What is F1’s rule on bonus points?
F1 made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructors’ standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.