2012 Italian F1 Grand Prix preview

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Facts , Stats and Video

Monza is one of the most iconic racetracks in the world. Built in 1922 in a royal park north of Milan, the circuit is an eclectic mix of old and new: the crumbling banking that formed part of the original layout still lies adjacent to the modern racetrack, which is the fastest of the 2012 season.
In four places around the 3.6-mile/5.8km lap the cars exceed 200mph. Such relentless speeds force the teams to use low-downforce wing configurations on their cars, which reduce aerodynamic drag while trying to maintain braking stability. Suspension settings are also critical to a quick lap because the cars need a smooth ride over the circuit’s high kerbs to allow the drivers to get the power down early on corner exits.

Race distance       53 laps (190.596 miles/306.720km)

Start time               14:00 (local)/13:00 BST

Circuit length        3.600 miles/5.793km

2011 winner           Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 53 laps in 1hr20m46.172s (227.848km/h)

2011 pole                Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1m22.275s (253.476km/h)

Lap record              Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2004) 1m21.046s (257.320km/h)

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