Italian Grand Prix: Everything You Need To Know

Italian Grand Prix: Everything You Need To Know
By Nathan Molloy Updated

The 16th race of the Formula 1 season gets underway this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. After the cancellation of the weekend's Premier League games, it's one of the biggest sporting events still standing this weekend. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Italian Grand Prix: Everything you need to know

When is the Italian Grand Prix?

The race starts at 2:00pm on Sunday the 11th of September.

How to watch the Italian Grand Prix

The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1.

Form Guide

Red Bull's Max Verstappen will be looking to win his fifth race in a row this weekend.  The reigning world champion will also be hoping to get one step closer to retaining his title as he currently is top of the Driver's Championship by 109 points. However, he has never won at Monza in the past 7 attempts.

Max Verstappen celebrates with the Red Bull team after winning the Belgian Grand Prix (Photo: Shutterstock)

His closest challenger, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will be feeling the pressure this weekend at the team's home grand prix. Engine failures, crashes and strategy mishaps have cost the native Monaco citizen a chance at the title. He'll be hoping to build on his 3rd place finish at the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend.

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Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull, Sergio Perez has been very consistent this year. The Mexican has been on the podium 7 times so far this year, once as a winner and 6 second place finishes. He finished 5th last weekend, so will be hoping to regain his place on the podium.

Mercedes's George Russell has impressed so far at his first year on Toto's Wolff's team. The young Brit has finished in the top four in 11 Grands Prix this season. The 24-year-old seems to have become Mercedes's priority over his teammate Lewis Hamilton and will be hoping to taste his maiden Formula 1 victory this weekend at Monza.

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Lewis Hamilton is set to start the Italian Grand Prix at the back of the grid, after being penalized for using too many engine parts. The 7-time world champion has endured a tough 2022 season, only having a podium finish 6 times so far and is yet to win a race, far below the Englishman's high standards.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz has suffered the same problems of his teammate Charles Leclerc, engine problems and strategy mishaps ruining some of his races. The latest mishap being the Ferrari pit stop crew only having 3 tires ready when the Spaniard stopped to have his tyres changed at the Dutch Grand Prix. He will be hoping to add to his 7 podium finishes so far this year.

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