The Italian Grand Prix is on Sunday and Formula 1 drivers will get a second look at the track in Friday’s second free practice session. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza — or the Monza Circuit — opened in September 1922 and was last modified in 2000. It has its “Temple of Speed” nickname for a reason. Drivers will open up the throttle for most of the race on the 3.6-mile asphalt course, which is marked by 11 turns. Daniel Ricciardo won last year while three active drivers — Lewis Hamilton (six), Vallteri Bottas (three) and Fernando Alonso (two) — own multiple victories at Monza. Velocities will reach their peak on the start/finish straight, a roughly 0.7-mile stretch that leads into the historic park section of the course.
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The big stops into tight serpentine curves will test the brakes. The circuit yielded the fastest lap in Formula 1 history, a 161.93 mph trip around the track turned in by Juan Pablo Montoya in a 2004 practice.
Monza was the world’s third racing circuit built, shortly after England’s Brooklands and the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the U.S.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the pole last year but was taken out of the race after completing just 25 laps after colliding with Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen went on to win his first Formula 1 championship in 2021 and has a 109-point lead with seven races remaining.
The Italian Grand Prix is the final F1 race in Europe this year, with the circuit moving to Asia after a three-week break for races in Singapore and Japan.
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