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Race information - Italy 2017 - The passion and prestige of Monza plays host to round thirteen

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Just one week on from the Belgian Grand Prix, we've got another race in store - this time F1 is rocking up to the passionate and proud Monza, where history meets the present with epic fans, super speeds, and lots at stake for everyone involved. Fresh from a pole record and race win at Spa, Hamilton is chasing down the championship leader Vettel on his home turf. Fingers crossed for some unmissable action in Italy!

Event schedule

Back to back racing means everything that happened in Spa is still fresh in the mind. That means Vettel won't be quickly forgetting the fact that he didn't have the pace to overtake Hamilton, despite a couple of attempts. Ocon and Pérez won't be quickly moving on from the fact they collided twice in one race, and for the umpteenth time this season. And of course, there's Verstappen with yet another retirement to add to his unfortunate tally in 2017.

With all that fresh in our thoughts, it's easy to see where the anticipation lies in the coming weekend. Can Ferrari put on a good show in front of the home crowd? Can Verstappen get to the end of a race and bring home some important points for the team? Can Force India control their drivers and keep them apart for at least a couple of laps? And can anyone overcome the might of the Mercedes engine at Monza?

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
01 SepFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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02 SepSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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03 SepSundayGrand Prix13:00
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Support racing for this event includes FIA Formula 2, GP3 Series, and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

Monza should be dry for race day, as the conditions are expected to start out damp and get drier as the days tick on - the opposite of what was forecast last weekend in Belgium. There are thunderstorms due on practice day, but by the time the race rolls around it should be dry and cloudy, with the chance of rain the lowest of the weekend.


Monza, Friday


  • Low 15℃
  • Humidity 63%


Scattered showers

Monza, Saturday


  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 48%

Scattered showers

Partly cloudy

Monza, Sunday


  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 43%

Partly cloudy

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitAutodromo Nazionale Monza
TimezoneGMT +02:00
Race debut1950
Length5.793 km
Distance306.720 km
Line offset0.309 km

If there's one thing Monza can lay claim to when it comes to Formula One, it's history. This year will be the 68th Grand Prix in Italy, with all but one of them being held at Monza. Imola played host to just one race when maintenance was being completed at the Autodromo, but otherwise it's been Monza all the way.

The high speed track will be an advantage to those with strong engines, but solid cars will also be useful over the kerbs, and nimble machinery will work best around the three chicanes. Ferrari are, naturally, the most successful team around the track, but it's also a good spot for first time winners - Sebastian Vettel took his maiden win with Toro Rosso.

This year there have been a few upgrades to the barriers, adding new ones around turns 9 and 10 and increasing the coverage at turns 4, 8 and 11. There's also been some resurfacing work in the pit lane, which could prove a slippery challenge on cold tyres.

Results for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix
Free Practice 1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.959
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.801
Free Practice 3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.008
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:21.135
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:17:28.089
Fastest lapFernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:25.340

Tyre compounds

There's not a huge amount of variation in the tyre choices this weekend, with all drivers bringing just one of the mediums, a handful of the softs with the majority of the supersofts. Monza is all about speed with just a couple of braking zones, so the decision by Pirelli to bring the middle compounds will mean we're likely to see one-stop strategies again like last year.

Mario Isola, motorsport boss at Pirelli, adds: "The tyre choice has also been influenced by the risk of blistering at Monza, as there are plenty of braking areas in a straight line. This means that the cambered shoulder area of the tyre can easily overheat and so cause more blistering compared to other circuits."

Selected tyre sets per driver
Medium tyreSoft tyreSupersoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton139
Valtteri Bottas139
Daniel Ricciardo1210
Max Verstappen1210
Sebastian Vettel1210
Kimi Räikkönen1210
Sergio Pérez139
Esteban Ocon139
Felipe Massa1210
Lance Stroll1210
Fernando Alonso1210
Stoffel Vandoorne1210
Carlos Sainz1210
Daniil Kvyat1210
Romain Grosjean139
Kevin Magnussen139
Nico Hülkenberg1210
Jolyon Palmer1210
Pascal Wehrlein1210
Marcus Ericsson1210

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
ThursdayRomain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team
Nico HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team
Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso
Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari
FridayMaurizio ArrivabeneScuderia Ferrari
Robert FernleySahara Force India F1 Team
Gene HaasHaas F1 Team
Frederic VasseurSauber F1 Team
Claire WilliamsWilliams Martini Racing
Toto WolffMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
Paul GutjahrPresident of the FIA Hill Climb Commission, board member and President of Auto Sport Suisse SARL
Roger PeartPresident of the FIA Circuits Commission and President of the ASN of Canada.
Emanuele PirroF1 driver 1989-1991 for Benetton and Scuderia Italia, McLaren test driver and five-time Le Mans winner with Audi.

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