2009 Italian Grand Prix stats and facts

From start to finish, Barrichello averaged 241kph to win the Italian Grand Prix

From start to finish, Barrichello averaged 241kph to win the Italian Grand Prix

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…

Fastest races

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).

Second place for Jenson Button gave Brawn their fourth one-two finish. It was the first one led by Barrichello.

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…

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92 comments on 2009 Italian Grand Prix stats and facts

  1. RedGreen said on 14th September 2009, 18:04

    With regards to the (particularly short) race length – by what criteria do the FIA determine how many laps make up a grand prix? Is it arbitrary, or do they calculate based on the expected speed of the cars?

  2. Jorge Lopes said on 14th September 2009, 18:19

    - Barrichello’s 3rd win at Monza as Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Ronnie Peterson and Alain Prost.

    – Brazil’s 101 win

    – 4th 1-2 from Brawn, same number as Alfa Romeo

    – Raikkonen equal to Alonso as 5th drivers with more points ever.

    – Raikkonen equal David Coulthard as 5th drivers with more podiums in history.

    – 1st time this year the win came from P5 at start.

    – 1st time Sutil and Force India with a Best Race Lap

    – 10 different drivers with BEST LAP this year equalling record of 1954, 1975, 1976, 1981 and 1982.

    – 6 drivers scored their first BEST LAP this year (Button, Trulli, Vettel, Webber, Glock, Sutil). This equals 1968 Jean Pierre Beltoise, Jarama, Richard Attwood, Monaco, Pedro Rodríguez, Rouen, Joseph Siffert, Brands Hatch, Jackie Stewart, Nurburgring and Jacky Oliver, Monza).

    – Please confirm this one but I guess the Record numbers os Nick Heidfeld really are: 56 consecutive races finished without a mechanical problem (since France 2006) and he’s finishing always since Indy 2007, so now 41 races in a row.

    – First time since Singapore 2008, 16 races ago, Toyota engines did not scored a point.

    – 3 races in a row that Toyota doesn’t score a point. First time that happens since 2007.

    • LC Coelho said on 14th September 2009, 18:31

      nice statistics!

    • sato113 said on 14th September 2009, 20:02

      - Raikkonen equal to Alonso as 5th drivers with more points ever.

      what does this mean Jorge?

      • James G said on 14th September 2009, 22:38

        He means that both Alonso and Raikkonen are the 5th most successful driver in terms of career points (571) after Barrichello (596), Senna (614), Prost (798.5) and some German guy I’ve never heard of (1369).

        DC is 7th and highest placed British driver.

  3. Fastest full-distance race, I found, is Italian GP 2003:

    1 hour 14 minutes 19,838 seconds.

  4. Damon Hill is ma all time fav he is great

  5. Kevanfolan said on 15th September 2009, 0:32

    Brawn are now only 8 points off equaling the total points that Honda had scored in its 8 seasons (1964-1968,2006-2008) of 154 with 146 for Brawn in less than 1 season.

  6. Well, how about this one:

    in last 20 years only four times the winner in Monza has won the WDC.

    A Prost 1989
    A Sena 1990
    M Schumacher 2000 y 2003

    Even in 2004, Schumacher won 13 of the 17 races and he didn’t won in Monza.

    So 80% probability for J Button to win WDC.

    • Mad Dan Eccles said on 15th September 2009, 9:28

      Not to mention 1988, when Monza was the only race McLaren didn’t win.

      Senna, the World Champion, was a tad impetuous in lapping an uncooperative Jean-Louis Schlesser and left the field open for a Ferrari 1-2.

  7. just me said on 16th September 2009, 2:56


    Second and seventh on the grid was Force India’s best qualifying performance so far.

    what about Fisi’s pole?

  8. nice facts…. i heard F1 cars wheels weighs four empty coke tin..is that true?

  9. Joe Garnett said on 17th September 2009, 22:31

    @rickee I don’t know but I wouldn’t have thought so. They do try to save weight wherever but it seems a bit too little weight.

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