The Italian Grand Prix is perhaps the fifteenth oldest international Grand Prix, having previously been run from 1922 to 1924. This year it became the tenth most-attended, with over two hundred thousand spectators. It is one of only two Grand Prix races that has run as a full-time event of this Formula One championship, consistently since its inception in 1950. It has also been one of the most competitive and exciting races for many years – a fact that most fans look forward to each year.
The Italian Grand Prix takes place in Monza, which is located on the Tuscany coast about seventy kilometers from Milan. The race tracks are in Monza's lap and oval and are all linked to the main city center by a wide boulevard. The Monza circuit is known to be one of Europe's toughest and most demanding racing circuits, and has proved a popular venue for top-level Formula One racing. The weather is always hot, and the humidity can reach eighty degrees Celsius. The race is usually won and lost during the first few laps – with the rain increasing the tension.
During the race drivers can either overtake or go off-track, depending on where they are positioned on the circuit. The circuit has four left-hand bends and one right-hand bend. These bends bring about changes in the road and can either cause accidents or help the driver make their way. The right-hand curve, which is called the San Giacomo curve, is where the cars come together at high speed, while the left-hand curve, called the Poggio, is usually the first part of the race track to be crossed by the cars. When these curves are crossed, the cars move left or right, causing them to come together and create a new path. This is called a chicane.
The layout of the Italian Grand Prix can make it quite interesting to watch – especially for fans who prefer to watch from the outside. As the race passes through various turns the view is of several different areas, including the hairpin, the main straight and then the back straight before turning left. This allows a spectator to see many different corners at the same time. Many of the corners are similar in their architecture, so there is a good chance to see them all. in quick succession.
The racing cars used in the Italian Grand Prix race are a blend between an open-wheel and closed-wheel car. The most common type is the open-wheeled, which is more aerodynamic, thanks to the use of bodywork and wind tunnel technology, but uses the exact same engine and brake system. The advantage of the closed-wheel car is that it does not need as much cooling as the open-wheel car and so can get around corners much quicker and more accurately. The cars are normally equipped with a carbon-composite wheel and tyres, and the track surface is of a very soft rubberised nature.
As you can imagine, the track is well worth visiting and the racing can be exciting and fun, as it is often highly competitive. After the race, the fans can get ready for another race in one of the many hospitality areas that exist around the track, including bars, nightclubs and restaurants. For spectators who prefer to stay in the hotel, there are plenty of activities for them to do, and many of them have packages to ensure the party atmosphere is maintained throughout the night. With the weather being so hot, this is a race that attracts many of the best racing fans in the world.