One of the most popular sports in the Italian Peninsula, the Italian Grand Prix F1 race remains an important event on the calendar of motorsports lovers. Coming after French, American, Spanish and Russian Grand Prix events, the Italian one is the fifth oldest national Grand Prix event. Alongside the British Grand Prix, these two events continue to be a permanent fixture of the Formula One calendar since 1950.
Before continuing with the overview and history of the event, know that this article contains information about The Italian Grand Prix start time, the Italian Grand Prix location, and the Italian Grand Prix circuit.
The Italian racing event became the most continuous held Grand Prix event in the world in 2013 when it held the 83rd edition. The first Grand Prix event on Italian soil held on the 4th of September, 1921 at a circuit in Montichiari near the town of Brescia; a 17.3 km racecourse. French driver Jules Goux won the race defeating fellow compatriot and teammate Jean Chassagne both driving the Ballot 3L car.
Unlike the British Grand Prix that shared venue hosting rights between multiple racecourses before Silverstone, the Monza circuit has always been the home of Grand Prix races in Italy. Apart from the first edition held at Montichiari, other venues to host the event include Livorno, Milan, Turin, and Imola.
As the Silverstone circuit is synonymous with the Mercedes Team due to proximity, the Ferrari team considers the Monza circuit its home due to winning multiple titles at the course. However, the last title won at Monza by the Ferrari team was in the year 2010 with Mercedes currently capturing the last five titles at the track. Built as a power track, one of the comments that reverberate on the track nature is attributed to the famous Enzo Ferrari himself.
Dismissing aerodynamic efficiency while promoting engine power, the Ferrari team won multiple races at Monza. However, in recent times the engine similarity of all Formula One competing teams means aerodynamics currently plays a significant role on the racetrack. Also, it’s one of the few tracks on the Formula One calendar where teams can employ a one-stop strategy. This is due to them losing a lot of time being stationary in the pits.
Commonly referred to as Monza, the full name of the Italian Grand Prix location is the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Circuit which is a mouthful for most media presenters. At the time of completion in 1922, Monza was the third permanent motorsport autodrome in the world at that time. Brooklands in England and Indianapolis in the United States housed the other two permanent autodromes around the globe.
At inception, Monza was a 10 km long circuit combining a flat banked section with a road circuit providing a fast course and excitement to drivers willing to test their prowess. Eventually, Felice Nazzaro and Vincenzo Lancia, two most famous European motor racing pioneers, laid the final bricks at the Monza track to conclude its building.
One of the worst accidents in the history of motorsport racing occurred in 1928 at Monza. The crash involved two Italian drivers; Emilio Materassi and Giulio Foresti who collided due to the touching of wheels while battling on the fast circuit. Materassi lost his car control plunging into the unprotected stand opposite the pits which lead to his death and twenty-seven spectators while injuring a further twenty-six.
Because of witnessing multiple fatal accidents, owners of the track had to redesign it, as it was hosting various automobile racing events. In the aftermath of the 1933 accident, Florio Circuit at Monza, the shorter one, hosted the event in 1934 to 1936. Livorno took over the 1937 racing event while 1938 saw the race return to Monza.
However, the outbreak of World War II watched the event going into a hiatus from 1939 – 1946. After the war, in 1947 Portello district in the city of Milan hosted the race, while in 1948 the Valentino Park in the city of Turin received the event. In 1949 the race was returned to the Monza circuit where it was held until 1979.
After the race in 1979, organizers announced a change of venue for the 1980 championship held at the Imola Circuit also known as Autodromo Dino Ferrari. Changing the place for the 1980 tournament allowed Monza to undergo a significant upgrade leading to the building of a new pit complex. Finally, the racing returned to Monza in 1981 where it has been staying till present times.
Traditionally, the Italian Grand Prix dates fall on the first weekend in September every race year. Prequalifying race events take place from Friday till Saturday with the primary race holding on Sunday. Comparably to the British Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix start time is 2:00 PM (Greenwich Meridian Time).
In 2018, Formula One organizers decided to shift the start time of the races to 10 minutes because a live stream usually was broadcast precisely on the hour, so viewers miss out the pre-race tension. However, the notable exception to this timing schedule is the Monaco Grand Prix which traditionally starts at half past the hour.
With a distance of 5.793km and 11 turns on the circuit due to modifications, Monza’s track length remains the shortest on the Formula One calendar. Drivers undergo 53 laps, the fastest lap record held by Rubens Barichello of the Ferrari team in 2004. Barichello went on to win the 2004 race ahead of legendary teammate Michael Schumacher pipping to the top podium finish.
In recent years, Lewis Hamilton driving the Mercedes car won four of the last five races with the fifth going to teammate Nico Roseburg. Despite Mercedes’ recent successes, the Ferrari team still commands a substantial lead having won 221 races with McLaren winning 182 races. Mercedes has 22 wins one below the defunct Tyrrell team. Sebastian Vettel holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Monza.
Also, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton stands should go above other Italian Grand Prix winners with each holding five titles apiece. Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet follows them on the list with four titles. Out of all drivers with three trophies at Monza, only Sebastian Vettel has a chance to catch and overtake Hamilton on the leader board.
The power of the Internet continues to make the process of betting easier. With the availability to check and compare odds from different bookmakers, the Internet makes betting on the outcome of Italian Grand Prix results less cumbersome. A search through the web shows a plethora of online betting sites providing different odds and varying attractive incentives to motorsport lovers.
In recent years, Italian Grand Prix drivers aim to qualify as high as possible on the grid. Only in 2009 out of the last sixteen races at Monza did the pole-sitter failed to finish in the top two podium places. On that odd occasion, Lewis Hamilton, the British driver crashed out of the circuit race on the fifty-third and final lap. Therefore, individuals who wish to place a bet on the Italian race should follow the qualifying races carefully as well as the F1 standings on that week.