Monza! The home of the Italian GP and the most raced at track in F1, a proper classic track.
The Italian GP is the only Grand Prix to have been on the calendar in every single F1 season, and all but one of those have been at Monza. This means that this weekend will be the 67th Italian GP and 66th race at Monza. The track is 5.793km long making it one of the longer tracks around, but it is also the fastest by some way, with the race record having an average speed of 257kph or 160mph. The race is 53 laps long, giving a total race distance of 307.029km, putting the race distance perfectly in the middle in 2016.
25 races at Monza have been won from pole (38.46%) and 36 (55.38%) from the front row. 35 different drivers have won at Monza, and as usual Ferrari are the most successful team with a mammoth 18 wins and Michael Schumacher the most successful driver with five.
There have been 98 Italian drivers in F1, only Great Britain and the US have had more, but there hasn’t been an Italian driver in F1 since 2011. Despite the large number of Italians that have raced in F1 there have only been 43 Italian wins, for comparison there have been nine Finnish drivers and 46 Finnish wins. With a bit of luck there could soon be another Italian in F1, Antonio Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello are currently P2 and P3 in GP2 and both looking very promising, there is also the Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco currently P2 in GP3. Quite interestingly the Italian GP has been won four times by Italians, and in all four of those it was in an Italian car.
Lewis Hamilton has a good chance of winning his 50th race this weekend, while Rosberg could potentially get his 20th fastest lap.
The Silly Stats
You would need 22,280 individual strands of spaghetti to lap once around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. To completely cover the track you would need 534,738,461 strands, which would weigh around 565,860kg, the same weight as over 800 F1 cars.
If you ordered 685,909 12 inch mozzarella pizzas from an Italian takeaway they could cover the entire Monza track surface and feed the crowd at the same time.