(Reuters) – Formula One statistics for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, round 14 of the championship:
Lap distance: 5.793 km. Total distance: 306.72 km (53 laps)
2020 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes One minute 18.887 seconds.
2020 winner: Pierre Gasly (France) AlphaTauri
Race lap record: Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari one minute 21.046 (2004)
Start time: 1300 GMT/1500 local
The race will be the fifth in Italy in the space of just over a year, with the Mugello and Imola circuits hosting rounds on a pandemic-hit 2020 calendar and Imola again this year.
Hamilton has won at Monza five times, a record he shares with former Ferrari great Michael Schumacher.
The Briton has started on pole seven times at Monza, including five of the past seven.
Mercedes have won five of the past seven, but not the two most recent ones.
The Italian and British Grands Prix are the only ones to have been on the calendar in every year since the world championship started in 1950.
The Italian race has been staged at Monza every year except 1980 when it was at Imola.
Hamilton’s 2020 pole lap was at an average speed of 264.362 kph, the fastest in Formula One history.
The race has been won from pole position 11 times in the last 16 years.
Ferrari have won 19 times at Monza since the championship started, more than anyone else.
Hamilton has a record 99 career victories, of which 78 have been with Mercedes, from 279 starts. He has been on the podium 175 times.
Championship leader Max Verstappen has won seven races so far in 2021, to Hamilton’s four and one each for Red Bull’s Mexican Sergio Perez and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
Ferrari have won 238 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Mercedes 119, Williams 114 and Red Bull 72. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.
Hamilton has a record 101 career poles and has won 59 times from pole. He has had three poles so far in 2021.
Verstappen has been on pole seven times this year, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fastest in Azerbaijan and Monaco qualifying. Bottas was on pole in Portugal.
Red Bull’s Verstappen is three points ahead of Hamilton. Mercedes lead Red Bull by 12.
Hamilton can become the first F1 driver to win 100 grands prix.
Verstappen now holds the record previously belonging to Britain’s Stirling Moss of most race wins (17) without winning the championship.
The 23-year-old last weekend became the first Dutch driver to win his home grand prix. He has also now led 1,000 race laps, the 19th driver to achieve that feat.
George Russell has started 50 races for Williams. He has out-qualified his team mate in every one.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)
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