Italian Grand Prix

The Italian Grand Prix is the longest running motor race in the world. First raced in 1921, the Italian Grand Prix is one of only two grand prix that have been raced without disruption since the Formula One World Championship was launched in 1950. The Italian Grand Prix is presently raced at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Laps: 53
Lap Distance: 5.793km
Race Distance: 306.720km

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

The Monza racetrack is one of the most historic in Formula One racing. The Italian Grand Prix has been held at the Monza racetrack since 1922, and has evolved into the spiritual home of both Italian racing and the Scuderia Ferrari team.

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the fastest racetracks in Formula One, which allows drivers to test their cars’ speed limits on the long straights. However, there is more to the course than speed, as drivers also require maximum control, precision and tactical awareness to win a grand prix at Monza.

The Monza circuit has long been recognised as the most dangerous Formula One racetrack, due mostly to the high speeds reached on the track and the absence of run off areas around some chicanes. The racetrack has been the scene of some of the worst accidents in grand prix history.

Italian Grand Prix History

The Italian Grand Prix was first raced in 1921 at the Brescia racing circuit. In 1922 the race was moved to the custom built racetrack at Monza, and soon attracted some of the biggest names in European grand prix racing. In 1950 the Italian Grand Prix became one of the founding races of the Formula One World Championship.

During its time at Monza the Italian Grand Prix has been raced on a number of different courses at the venue, including the infamous high- speed oval track that was responsible for the demise of Wolfgang Von Tripps and 14 spectators in 1961.

After several more fatalities on the oval the decision was made to move the Italian Grand Prix back onto the regular racing circuit. In recent years the success of Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix has overshadowed the tragic history of the race, and the Italian Grand Prix has developed into a celebration of Italian racing culture.

The Future of the Italian Grand Prix

As the focal point of Italian racing the Italian Grand Prix has a secure future in Formula One. The race is one of the best supported in the Formula One World Championship, and provides racing fans with an unrivalled opportunity to see Formula One cars pushed to their limits. For as long as the influence of Ferrari on Formula One continues, it is unlikely that the Italian Grand Prix will ever be relegated to the scrap heap of Formula One history.

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