Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy – circuit information

Opened in 1922, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza has hosted Italy’s round of the world championship ever since its inauguration with just a single exception (the 1980 race was held at Imola).

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The high-speed course through the Royal Villa of Monza park, north of Milan, is similar in outline now to how it originally looked. However on four occasions in the fifties and sixties the track was extended via means of an oval to a much longer, 10 kilometer lap.

By the mid-seventies the rising speeds at the circuit were becoming a cause for concern, even if it meant many races finished with a thrilling, side-by-side sprint to the flag. That all came to an end in 1972 when the first chicanes were installed to control speeds.

These were originally built to slow the cars at the first turn, Curva Grande, and the high-speed Vialone corner. This was renamed after Alberto Ascari, who died in a crash at the corner while testing a Ferrari road car in 1955.

Later a further chicane was added on the approach to the Lesmo bends, leaving Parabolica as the only corner where cars continue to arrive at undiminished speeds. The last major alteration to the track in 2000 saw the twin chicanes at Rettifilio replaced with a single, much tighter sequence of bends.

Even with the slower corner, Monza regularly sees the highest speeds of the season. It was the scene of the fastest ever lap by an F1 car, set in 2004 by Juan Pablo Montoya driving a Williams. However the crowd can be relied on to shout loudest for the local Ferraris.

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Lap data
Lap length5.793km (3.6 miles)
Race laps53
Race distance306.72km (190.587 miles)
Pole positionLeft-hand side of the track
Lap record*1’21.046 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)
Fastest lap1’19.119 (Kimi Raikkonen, 2018, qualifying three)
Maximum speed350kph (217.48 mph)
Distance from grid to turn one638m
Car performance
Full throttle84%
Longest flat-out section1520m
Downforce levelLow
Gear changes per lap36
Fuel use per lap1.82kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel0.057s
Pit lane time loss19s

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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