As Formula One returns after the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg by 28 points.
As Formula one comes into the second half of the season all is still play for the 2015 championship and that starts in the heart in Italy, Monza!
Italy is only one of four remaining race tracks to host a grand prix since Formula One started racing in 1950. The other three are the British, Monaco and Belgian grand prix’s
Monza has hosted every race there since the calendar began but only Imola hosted in 1980 to 2006. Imola, in 1994 where in Qualifying, Roland Ratzenberger crashed then in the Race, Ayrton Senna crashed and both were killed. This was regarded as Formula One’s darkest weekend.
Monza hosted from 2007 onwards. In 2008, a young Sebastian Vettel took a surprise pole position and race win in the wet conditions to take his and Torro Rosso’s maiden victory.
So far Micheal Schumacher is the most successful driver round Monza with 5 wins. Out of the current grid Sebastian Vettel has the most victories with 3, including the 2008 win. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are tied on victories on 2 wins. Hamilton took victory here last time in 2014.
Ferrari are the most successful constructor here with 19 wins. McLaren have 10, Williams have 6 and Red Bull have 2 wins.
This race weekend will be tough on tyres and a debatable 1 or 2 stop race.
The light grey shows the the old Monza curcuit and the red shows the current curcuit.