F1 Italian Grand Prix: By the numbers
The European portion of the 2017 Formula 1 season comes to an end this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix at the fastest circuit on the calendar: Monza.
Ferrari lost out to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in the Belgian Grand Prix, so the Scuderia will be hoping that the hugely passionate Italian fans will give them the edge this time out. Even when it is not enjoying the best of seasons, Ferrari always seems to find an extra bit of speed in Italy.
Saying this, since Michael Schumacher left the Scuderia at the end of the 2006 season, Ferrari has only tasted victory in Italy once. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has, however, topped the Monza podium three times, most notably in 2008 when he won for Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso in the pouring rain.
Rival Mercedes appears to have beaten the rule book and will now be able to controversially continue to run their engines at a higher oil burn level as compared to the rest of the field. Engines introduced at or after Monza will only be allowed to burn 0.9 liters of oil for every 100 kilometers traveled, but Mercedes, which introduced its newest specification engine in Belgium, will be allowed to run at 1.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
It is believed that a gentleman’s agreement had been in place between Mercedes and Ferrari that neither would introduce a new engine before Monza, but since Mercedes went against this, Ferrari is not happy.
Mercedes customers will have to use the lower oil burn because they will not receive the upgrade until later in the season.
Italian Grand Prix by the numbers
1950 – The year of the first Italian Grand Prix
68 – The number of official Italian Grands Prix (1980 was the only season in which Monza was not the host)
5 – Michael Schumacher has the most victories in Italy (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006)
3 – Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both won three times in Italy
18 – Wins for Ferrari, the most successful manufacturer in Italy (its last win in Italy was 2010)
53 – Number of laps in the 2017 Italian Grand Prix
3.6 miles – Length of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
1:21.046 – Fastest Lap (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)
42.3 feet – Elevation change
Lewis Hamilton made another sloppy getaway from pole and was passed by teammate Nico Rosberg, who never looked back as he went on to win by over 15 seconds from Hamilton.
Hamilton battled back from sixth place to second while Vettel gave the home fans something to cheer about as he completed the podium lineup.
More of a tactical battle than an on-track dogfight, Mercedes made a one-stop strategy work, but Ferrari almost managed to put Vettel ahead of Hamilton with an audacious two-stop alternative.
The result put Rosberg just two points behind Hamilton in the standings with seven grands prix remaining in the season.