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Monza

Opened on August 28 1922, the Autodromo Nazionale is among the most evocative and historic venues still in use.

Official Name
Autodromo Nazionale
Country
Italy
Location
Monza, Lombardy
Co-ordinates
45.618971, 9.281180
Latest Race
First Race

Opened on August 28 1922, the Autodromo Nazionale is among the most evocative and historic venues still in use. Set in a park in Monza to the north of Milan, it offered a fast, slipstreaming road course (now interrupted with chicanes) and a bumpy banked oval that has long been disused. Monza attracts what may be the most passionate fans in the world and over the years they have seen some great races. Peter Gethin’s 1971 Italian Grand Prix win was not only the quickest GP to that date but also the closest with 0.61sec covering the top five. Similar slipstreaming classics resulted in a group of cars finishing as one, both in 1967 and 1969. John Surtees won the former for Honda but it was remarkable for Jim Clark recovering a whole lap lost during the early stages only for his car to break on the last lap. The 1965 race included a record number of lead changes and Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest qualifying speed in history here during pre-qualifying for the 2004 race. But Monza has also suffered more accidents than most venues; from Emilio Materassi and 27 spectators in 1928 to marshal Paolo Ghislimberti in 2000, the list of fatalities is long and depressing.

Grand Prix Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.599 (Miles)

Change

First and second chicanes redesigned

Fastest Race Lap

Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004), 1m21.046, 159.865 mph, F1, 2004

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W11 EQ Performance), 1m18.887, 164.240 mph, F1, 2020

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.585 (Miles)

Change

Minor modifications to first and second (Roggia) chicanes

Fastest Race Lap

Mika Hakkinen (McLaren MP4/12-Mercedes-Benz), 1m24.808, 152.180 mph, F1, 1997

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jean Alesi (Benetton B197-Renault), 1m22.990, 155.513 mph, F1, 1997

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.625 (Miles)

Change

Second Lesmo tightened, Curva Grande reprofiled

Fastest Race Lap

Damon Hill (Williams FW16B-Renault), 1m25.930, 151.868 mph, F1, 1994

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jean Alesi (Ferrari 412T1B), 1m23.844, 155.646 mph, F1, 1994

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.6039 (Miles)

Change

First chicane modified, Variante della Roggia built

Fastest Race Lap

Damon Hill (Williams FW15C-Renault), 1m23.575, 155.239 mph, F1, 1993

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Ayrton Senna (McLaren MP4/6-Honda), 1m21.114, 159.949 mph, F1, 1991

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.588 (Miles)

Change

Chicanes built after the start and at the Variante Ascari

Fastest Race Lap

Jean-Pierre Jarier (Alpine A442-Renault), 1m29.6, 144.161 mph, Sports Cars, 1976

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Arturo Merzario (Alfa Romeo T33TT/12), 1m28.26, 146.350 mph, Sports Cars, 1974

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.573 (Miles)

Change

Grand Prix circuit used, without banking or chicanes

Fastest Race Lap

Francois Cevert (Matra-Simca MS670), 1m21.9, 157.055 mph, Sports Cars, 1973

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Francois Cevert (Matra-Simca MS670), 1m21.13, 158.546 mph, Sports Cars, 1973

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.915 (Miles)

Change

Curva de Vedano built, Grand Prix circuit did not used the banking or chicanes

Fastest Race Lap

Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo 159), 1m56.2, 120.979 mph, F1, 1951

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Juan Manuel Fangio (Alfa Romeo 159), 1m53.2, 124.505 mph, F1, 1951

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.35 (Miles)

Change

Grand Prix circuit and South banking used with a chicane on the banking

Fastest Race Lap

Hermann Lang (Mercedes-Benz W154), 2m34.2, 101.556 mph, GP, 1938

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Hermann Lang (Mercedes-Benz W154), 2m32.4, 102.756 mph, GP, 1938

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.32 (Miles)

Change

Grand Prix circuit and South banking used with temporary chicanes

Fastest Race Lap

Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo Tipo-C "8C-35"), 2m49.8, 91.590 mph, GP, 1935

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union C), 2m56.4, 88.163 mph, GP, 1936

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.69 (Miles)

Change

Temporary circuit using South banking and start/finish straight

Fastest Race Lap

Hans Stuck (Auto Union A), 2m13.6, 72.485 mph, GP, 1934

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.263 (Miles)

Change

Grand Prix circuit incorporating South banking

Fastest Race Lap

Achille Varzi (Maserati 26M), 2m32.6, 100.569 mph, GP, 1930

National Circuit

1979

Type

Paved oval

Length

1.724 (Miles)

Grand Prix Circuit With Banking

Length

6.276 (Miles)

Change

Chicanes built on the banking

Type

Permanent road course

Length

6.2137 (Miles)

Change

Parabolica built to replace Curva de Vedano, full circuit used incorporating the Grand Prix circuit and the banked circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Phil Hill (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m43.6, 136.732 mph, F1, 1960

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Phil Hill (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m41.4, 138.596 mph, F1, 1960

Type

Permanent road course

Length

6.214 (Miles)

Change

Full Grand Prix circuit, including both banked corners

Fastest Race Lap

Luigi Fagioli (Alfa Romeo Tipo-B "P3"), 3m13.2, 115.789 mph, GP, 1933

Oval

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Type

Paved oval

Length

2.796 (Miles)

Change

Direction reversed for the Race of Two Worlds

Fastest Race Lap

Bob Veith (Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser), 54.0s, 186.400 mph, Formule Libre, 1958

Type

Paved oval

Length

2.796 (Miles)

Change

Original banked oval

Junior Course

1955

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.494 (Miles)

Latest Races

3,223

Championships

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