Formula 1, the Monza Grand Prix: much more than a race
14 September 2022
A short history of the Italian Grand Prix
The history of the Italian Grand Prix, the fourth oldest in the world after those of France, Spain and Russia, is closely linked to the Monza Autodrome, which was built in 1922 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Automobile Club of Milan. Of the 92 editions of the Italian Grand Prix, only on five occasions was the event not held at Monza: the first, in 1921, was held in Montichiari, in 1937 in Livorno, in 1947 in Milan, the following year in Turin and in 1980 in Imola.
The Autodromo di Monza was built in a record time of 110 days, and the newly completed track was driven through its entire length for the first time on 28 July 1922 by drivers Pietro Bordino and Felice Nazzaro on board a Fiat 570. The inauguration took place a few weeks later, on 3 September, in a race won by Pietro Bordino in a Fiat 501 racing model.
The Italian Grand Prix became part of the newly formed Formula One World Championship in 1950 and, in the same year, the Monza circuit hosted the final race. For many years, however, the Italian race has traditionally been held on the first or second Sunday in September.
5 interesting facts about F1 at Monza
1. During World War II, part of the Monza circuit was used to house exotic animals from Milan’s zoo. Another part was used to store war remnants managed by the ARAR.
2. The 200 kilometres per hour speed was first reached in 1929 by Achille Varzi in an Alfa Romeo and Alfieri Maserati in a Maserati.
3. Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest pole position lap at Monza in 2020, with an average speed of 264.362 km/h, the fastest average speed recorded in a qualifying round for a World Championship.
4. The multiple winners at the Monza circuit to date are Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, both with 5 wins, followed by Nelson Piquet with 4 victories.
5. The last victory by an Italian driver, Ludovico Scarfiotti, was in 1966 for Ferrari.
Everything you need to know about GP Monza 2022
Dates: 9 to 11 September 2022
Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Viale di Vedano - 20900 Monza (MB)
Timetable and programme
The rich schedule will kick off on Friday 9 September with free practice, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm. On Saturday, after the third free practice from 12.00 to 13.00, qualifying sessions will take place from 16.00 to 17.00. As usual there will be racing on Sunday afternoon from 15.00, but first the traditional Frecce Tricolori show.
Prices for the Monza Grand Prix
Tickets for the GP Monza 2022 for Sunday range from a minimum of 84 euros for general admission, to 700 euros for the central grandstand, which is reduced to 150 euros for children between 0 and 11 years old.
Tickets for the GP Monza 2022 for Saturday start from 60 and go up to 275 euros.
Tickets for the Friday free practice start from 30 euros (field) and go up to 120 euros for the central grandstand only.
Tickets for the whole weekend start from 165 euros and go up to 975 euros for the central grandstand with assigned seats in all sessions, with tickets costing 200 euros for children.
You can purchase tickets on the official website www.monzanet.it, through the retailer Vivaticket at www.vivaticket.com, at 1,500 Italian points of sale and by telephone on the toll-free number 800-905450, with the assistance of an operator.
Both single-day tickets (Friday to Sunday) and weekend tickets for the three-day circuit are available for purchase.
The best place for watching the Monza GP is the grandstand at the Variante del Rettifilo
Here the cars brake from about 350 km/h down to only 70 km/h and it is also one of the best overtaking points on the track.
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