The Italian Grand Prix is one of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar and has been held at Monza every year since 1950, with the exception of 1980, when it was held at Imola.
One of the inaugral Formula One championship races to take place in 1950, the Italian Grand Prix has been held every year since this first race, without exception. The venue for this spectacular race is Autodromo di Monza, built in 1922 and for many years one of the fastest circuits.
Monza was the first purpose-built venue to hold a Grand Prix and the first venue to charge for entry. Though it has always been a vastly popular arena, it is also extremely dangerous and has seen numerous fatalaties. In 1928 a driver and 27 spectators were killed and, despite safety modifications, three top drivers died in the same race just five years later. A new banked circuit was built in 1955 but was abandoned after only two Grand Prix's due to safety concerns.
In 1961, the track claimed even more fatalities. Wolfgang von Trip died that year along with 14 spectators when his car crashed and was launched into the crowd.
Desite numerous modifications to improve safety over the years, the circuit is still criticised for its lack of run-off. Nevertheless, the Italian Grand Prix is still a firm favourite with fans who always get to witness an action-packed high-speed race.
53 laps in total at 5.793km per lap, the total distance covered is 306.720km. Rubens Barrichello holds the current lap record at just 1:21.046 which he acheived in 2004.
The Italian Grand Prix is currently sponsored by Santander.
The Italian Grand Prix is still a firm favourite with fans who always get to witness an action-packed high-speed race.
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