One of the few F1 tracks that dates back to 1950, Monza has been through nine iterations. Initially raced around a banked oval, the introduction of three chicanes in 1972 was made to slow the cars down and improve safety, however the circuit is still the fastest on the calendar with 75% of the lap completed at full-throttle. It is all long straights and chicanes, making it tough on brakes. If any circuit is to test the power of the new 2014 engines too - this will be it. Sebastian Vettel is a three-time winner here, claiming his first F1 victory for Toro Rosso in 2008 and giving us the first sign of what was to come! He took the spoils once again last year. Fernando Alonso has won twice and Lewis Hamilton once.
Circuit length 5.793 km
Race distance 306.720 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
Monza is the fastest circuit on the calendar and one of the most charismatic. Strategy is as important as straight line speed here. Monza has tended to be a one stop race, but this year Pirelli has been trying to encourage more stops with its tyre choices. Nevertheless it looks likely that one stop will be the target teams will aim for when evaluating the tyres during practice sessions. With an 80km/h speed limit in the pit lane, a stop now takes 24-25 seconds which is quite slow and as the cars on track are travelling quickly, there is even more incentive to stop only once. With less downforce than in the last few years and the hybrid turbo engines, we are expecting to see top speeds on the straights of over 350km/h this weekend.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. McLaren (24.214s)
02. Lotus (24.223s)
03. Williams (24.323s)
04. Red Bull (24.388s)
05. Mercedes (24.453s)
06. Ferrari (24.457s)
07. Toro Rosso (24.641s)
08. Force India (24.938s)
09. Caterham (25.277s)
10. Sauber (25.693s)
11. Marussia (26.641s)
Start league table – after Round 13, Italy
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+18 Maldonado, Hulkenberg
+15 Ericsson, Kobayashi
+14 Räikkönen, Chilton
+11 Sutil, Massa
+7 Hamilton, Bottas
+4 Alonso, Lotterer, Perez
+1 Button, Magnussen
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane, Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1.
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident, Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap one, Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer.
Italy notes: Ericsson started from pit lane.