The Italian GP is one of the greatest events on the F1 grand prix calendar. The first event was held in September 1921 at Brescia and was won by Jules Goux.
Monza hosted the 1922 event and when the race joined the permanent F1 calendar in 1950 it has taken place at the venue ever since. The only other event to have appeared every year since 1950 is the British Grand Prix.
The Italian GP counted toward the European Championship from 1935 to 1938. It was designated the European GP seven times between 1923 and 1967, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one grand prix race in Europe.
After winning the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula 1 racing at the end of the 2006 season. Kimi Räikkönen replaced him at Ferrari from the start of the 2007 season. At the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver in history to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
Aged 21 years and 74 days, Vettel broke the record set by Fernando Alonso at the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix by 317 days as he won in wet conditions at Monza. Vettel led for the majority of the Grand Prix and crossed the finish line 12.5 seconds ahead of McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. Earlier in the weekend, he had already become the youngest polesitter, after setting the fastest times in both Q2 and Q3 qualifying stages. His win also gave him the record of youngest podium-finisher.
Uncertainty grew over the fact that Monza would continue to host the race as Rome had signed a deal to host Formula One from 2012. On 18 March 2010 however, Bernie Ecclestone and the Monza track managers signed a deal which meant that the race will be held there until at least 2016.
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