Monza (Italy)

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 09: General view of the main straight during previews to the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 9, 2010 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

ITALY

Track name: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Times the race has been held here: 66
First GP: 1950, won by Giuseppe Farina
Total number of race laps: 53
Complete race distance: 720 kilometers (190.587 miles)
Pit lane speed limit: 80 kph (50 mph)
Pitlane length: 420m/0.261 miles, estimated time loss 24s
2016 winner: Nico Rosberg, 1:17:28.089
2016 pole position: Lewis Hamilton, 1:21.135
2016 fastest lap: Fernando Alonso, 1:25.340
Most wins (Driver) Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins(Team): Ferrari(16)
Lap record: Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari– 2004 – 1:21.046
Smallest winning margin: 0.7s, in 1961.
Circuit Length: 5.793km/3.600 miles
Direction: Clockwise
Turns: 11
Distance to Turn 1: 380m/0.236 miles
Longest straight: 1.120km/0.696 miles, on the approach to Turn One
Fastest corner: 295km/h (183mph), Turn Three
Slowest corner: 80km/h (50mph), Turn One
Top Speed: 370km/h/230mph, on the approach to Turn One (the fastest of the season)
Full throttle: 75% (the highest of the season)
DRS Zones: Two, on the approaches to Turns One and Eight
Key Corner: Turn 11, Parabolica, a 180-degree right-hander to end the lap
Fuel consumption: 1.89 per lap, which is average
ERS Demands: Medium. There are four straights along which the cars exceed 320km/h (199mph), but only a few slow corners at which to harvest energy under braking.
Brake wear: High. There are only six braking events around the lap, but all are from high speed.
Gear changes: 46 per lap/2,438 per race
Safety car likelihood: Low. 43%.
Tyre choices:
Weather: Warm (28).
Chance of rain: 31%
Grip levels: Low. Straight-line speed is vital at Monza, so the cars run in their lowest downforce configuration of the season.
Run off: Average.

A lap around Monza

You cross the start-finish line going into the first chicane with big braking, dropping down to second gear. Then you’ve got important acceleration going into the second chicane, which is a bit faster, a bit more curb usage on the exit. You then try and carry as much speed through the two Lesmos turns. Then you go under the old oval and into the Ascari chicane.

There’s big braking here, with a bump. It’s always tricky to get the car there. Then you really want to go early on power to get to the Parabolica. There’s another very long straight line, with very late braking to the Parabolica. Again, tricky throttle application heading toward the start-finish line to set your lap.