Yesterday’s race was the 80th running of the Italian Grand Prix, and the 60th time it has been a world championship event.
So it was fitting that the ‘temple of speed’ served up another of the fastest races of all time – and it was won by the sport’s oldest practitioner.
Here are the facts and stats from the Italian Grand Prix, plus a teaser for you to tackle…
The Italian Grand Prix was the eighth-fastest F1 championship round of all time. Rubens Barrichello completed the race at an average speed of 241.000kph (149.7mph) to the nearest thousandth.
That was 6.586kph slower than the fastest race ever, also at Monza back in 2003 – when engines had two cylinders more and the aerodynamic regulations were far less restrictive. Of the 23 fastest F1 races ever, 21 took place at Monza, the other two on the original Spa-Francorchamps.
This was also the 14th shortest race ever at 1hr 16’21.706s. This year’s curtailed Malaysian Grand Prix was the third shortest race of all time.
Wins and one-twos
Barrichello won his 11th Grand Prix, putting him level with Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa. It was also the 50th time Barrichello has led a Grand Prix.
Barrichello won the Italian Grand Prix for the third time – his other wins were for Ferrari in 2002 and 2004. Only two drivers have won the Italian Grand Prix more than three times: Michael Schumacher (five times) and Nelson Piquet (four times).
Lewis Hamilton headed the grid for the 15th time in his F1 career, giving him as many pole positions as Massa.
Adrian Sutil claimed the fastest lap of the race with a 1’24.739 on lap 36. This was his and Force India’s first fastest lap. He also achieved his highest grid position (second) and best finishing position (fourth). Second and seventh on the grid was Force India’s best qualifying performance so far.
Hamilton and Sutil shared the front row of the grid for the first time since an F3 Euroseries race at Zandvoort in August 2005 when they were team mates at ASM.
That Heidfeld record, again…
Nico Rosberg’s points-scoring streak came to an end after eight races.
Nick Heidfeld continues to increase his tallies in the Least Interesting F1 Records Ever: he has now been classified in 41 consecutive races and has finished the last 33 in a row. Rosberg has now become the driver with the second largest number of consecutive finishes and classifications, with 25.
As mentioned several times in the build-up to the race, this was the first appearance for an Italian in Italy in a Ferrari since 1994, thanks to Giancarlo Fisichella.
The previous race in Spa was almost certainly Luca Badoer’s final appearance in an F1 Grand Prix. His two-race stint at Ferrari served only to increase his existing record for ‘most starts without a point scored’ to 51 races.
This was the 60th Italian Grand Prix that counted towards the world championship. All of these took place at Monza except the 1980 race, which was held at Imola. The British Grand Prix is the only other event on the calendar to have appeared every year since the championship began in 1950.
Including non-championship races, this was the 80th Italian Grand Prix. The first was held at a circuit called Montichiari, near Brescia, in 1921.
But by the following year the Autodromo Nazionale Monza had been built and the race moved there.
Over to you
One stat I haven’t been able to pin down in was was the last time a driver was shown the black-and-orange flag, as Robert Kubica was on lap eight.
Please post any suggestions in the comments, along with any other stats I failed to spot with my anorak gaze…
More on the Italian Grand Prix
- Barrichello leads one-two as Brawn are back on top (Italian Grand Prix)
- Italian Grand Prix in pictures
- Rate the race: Italian Grand Prix
- Italian Grand Prix result
- Rate the race: Italian Grand Prix
- Hamilton’s light car leaves him vulnerable (Italian GP fuel weights and strategy)
- Lewis Hamilton beats Adrian Sutil to pole (Italian Grand Prix qualifying)
- Italian Grand Prix qualifying in pictures