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Formula 1, the Monza Grand Prix: much more than a race

Attending a Formula 1 race is an unforgettable experience even for those who are not passionate about racing and cars.

12 September 2022

4 minutes

And spectating at the Formula 1 Pirelli Italian Grand Prix 2022 or Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza is the best that Italy has to offer when it comes to this. So start your engines!

The 2022 edition of the Monza Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from 9 to 11 September 2022 and promises to be even more special than the previous ones, because this year the Temple of Speed celebrates its first 100 years.

For this unique occasion the proverbial 'red tide' that will occupy the stands will witness new races on the calendar and new regulations for the first time.

The best drivers in the world will compete along the 5,793-metre track curve after curve and hurtle down the long straights, reaching speeds of over 350 km/h, thrilling the spectators.

And between one race and the next the experiences designed for racegoers are truly unmissable: the circuit tour, the track tour on board a minivan or tourist bus, and the race tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at the circuit facilities.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Useful information

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.

 

For more information

https://www.monzanet.it/

Italian Grand Prix 2022 - F1 Race (formula1.com)