Monza to Host Second F1 Sprint at Italian Grand Prix

Monza to Host Second F1 Sprint at Italian Grand Prix
Celebrations at the Formula One 1 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy, 2017. Photo Credit: Bloxham/Lat/REX.

Formula 1 confirmed the Italian Grand Prix in early September as the second venue to feature the Sprint Qualifying format.

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza will serve as host for the second of three Grand Prix, in which Sprint Qualifying is held during the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The racing weekend at the Italian circuit will experience the new qualifying format for the race on Sunday, approved late in April by the FIA Formula 1 Commission and first held at the Silverstone circuit last weekend.

As announced by Formula One, the F1 Sprint at the Italian Grand Prix will follow a timetable identical to the one seen at the British GP.

As Silverstone, Monza took part in the series inaugural World Championship in 1950, and ever since, the Formula 1 Gran Premio D’Italia has been held annually at the historic racetrack, except for the years 1937 (Livorno), 1947 (Milan), 1948 (Turin) and 1980 (Imola).

The Temple of Speed’s schedule will see the First Free Practice session (sixty minutes) taking place in the afternoon, followed by a one-hour Qualifying (Q1, Q2, Q3), which formes up the grid of the F1 Sprint.

On Saturday, the passionate fans will see a second Free Practice in the morning ahead of the 100km Sprint, scheduled for the afternoon.

Due to the length of the circuit, 5.793km (3.600 Miles), the Sprint Qualifying is expected to be 18 laps long.

This event will set the pole-sitter, as well as the starting order for Sunday’s race.

The top three finishers in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying will receive points, with the poleman receiving three points, second place two points, and third place one point.

Back in April, when the format was unanimously approved, Jean Todt, President of the FIA, commented: “I am pleased to see that Formula 1 is seeking new ways to engage with its fans and enlarge the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of Sprint Qualifying.”

Adding: “It was made possible thanks to the continued collaboration between the FIA, Formula 1, and all of the teams.

F1 is showing itself to be stronger than ever with all stakeholders working together in this way, and much has been done to ensure that the Sporting, Technical and Financial aspects of the format are fair.”

The non-European and third F1 Sprint will be confirmed later in the year.

The Italian GP 2021

The Grand Prix on Sunday will feature 53 laps at the clockwise track.

In 2020, “La Pista Magica” delivered another thrilling race with Frenchman Pierre Gasly claiming his first Grand Prix victory at the pinnacle of motorsport.

The AlphaTauri Honda driver shared the podium with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who finished second, and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll in third.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton secured the fastest lap 1:22.746s.

The Mercedes driver and Michael Schumacher hold the record of most wins at the circuit with five each.

Former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello stills holds the lap record 1:21.046 set in 2004.

The Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia will be celebrated from September 10th to 12th at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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