Never held outside September and only once held outside of Monza, the Italian GP is one of the most traditional Grand Prix on the calendar. The quiz, of course, does not refer to the other two Grand Prix to be held in the Republic, so the San Marino GP is dealt with in its own quiz and Pescara will be dealt with in the pre-Singapore "one offs" quiz!
But now to Italy...
But now to Italy...
- Ony three Italians have ever won the Italian Grand Prix. Name them.
Guiseppe Farina (Alfa 1950), Alberto Ascari (Ferrari 1952-3), Ludovicio Scarfiotti (Ferrari 1966)
- Ferrari have won their home Grand Prix 17 times. But how many times has the Prancing Horse been on Pole Position?
18 times, the last being Rubens Barrichello in 2004
- 1971 was the closest (1st-5th) finish in F1 history with winner Peter Gethin within 0.6 of a second of Ronnie Peterson, François Cevert, Mike Hailwood and Howden Ganley. Who else got into the points, 30 seconds back?
Everyone's favourite Kiwi, Chris Amon
- Winning at Monza is a World Championship kiss of death with the Italian GP won extremely rarely by the eventual World Champion. Before Michael Schumacher (2000, 2003) who was the last man to win the World Championship and the Italian GP in the same year?
Ayrton Senna in 1990!
- In the days of shared drives, and going for the title, Juan Manuel Fangio twice retired from the 1950 Italian Grand Prix. He did however, take the point for Fastest Lap! Of the 27 starters, how many finished the race?
Only 7 finished the race, with Alberto Ascari retiring and turfing out team-mate Dorino Serafini to finish 2nd!
- There have been 3 driver deaths in World Championship races at Monza. What connects them?
They were all in the top two in the Drivers' Championship! Count Wolfgang "Taffy" Von Trips died leading the Championship in 1961, with Phil Hill's win at Monza giving him the title. Jochen Rindt died at Monza leading the Championship in 1970, no-one overhauled his score and he became the only posthumous Champion. Ronnie Peterson's death at Monza in 1978 removed the only driver able to overhaul Mario Andretti's score.
- The Italian Grand Prix was run on the Monza 10km banked circuit 4 times. Phil Hill won it twice in 1960-61. Who won in 1955-56? (2 different drivers)
Fangio in '55, Moss in '56
- McLaren only lost one race in 1988, at Monza as Berger and Alboreto scored a Ferrari one-two after Prost had an engine failure and Senna hit substitute Jean-Louis Schlesser's Williams! Who else scored a podium, 5 years after his last podium also at Monza?
Eddie Cheever, third to Piquet and Arnoux in 1983
- Giancarlo Fisichella becomes the first to live the Italian dream and drive a Ferrari at Monza since Ivan Capelli in 1992. Where did he finish?
He didn't! He threw it off the road on lap 13, while team-mate Alesi retired on the same lap with mechanical problems!
- Who has scored most F1 points of all the Italian drivers?
Riccardo Patrese. Fisi needs to score 6 to equal Mansell's #2 in 1992!