The Italian Grand Prix is one of the longest running events on the motorsport calendar. It formed one of the inaugural Formula One World Championship races in 1950 and, alongside the British Grand Prix, is the only event to have featured every year since. Since then, every race has been held at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, with the exception of 1980 which was hosted at Imola.
Regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula One racing, Monza is not only a classic arena of speed with an illustrious heritage. It also holds a heart and soul of its own amongst the passionate Italian fans, who refer to the circuit as 'La Pista Magica', or ‘the magic track’. Work began on the circuit in 1922 and was completed in under six months.
After Brooklands in the UK and Indianapolis in the USA, it became the third permanent race track in existence. With a banked oval incorporated into the design of the road racing circuit, the total track length stood at a sizeable 10 kilometres.
The fastest circuit on the current Formula One calendar, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is also one of the most evocative, with the old banked section of the circuit – last used for Formula One in 1961 – still standing as a testament to generations of racers past.