Monza is regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula One racing. Not only is it a fantastic example of a track that combines speed with skill, it also has a heart and soul all of its own. It has seen some of the finest races of all time, but also some of the sport’s worst accidents. The names of great drivers and the sounds of engines from years gone by linger in the grand old trees surrounding the track in the royal park.
The race has almost invariably been held here since, and Monza has been the scene of some remarkable F1 moments: Gerhard Berger’s emotional and odds-defying victory for Ferrari in 1988 after the death of Enzo Ferrari, and Michael Schumacher’s emotional announcement of his retirement after victory there in 2006.
Follow us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Monza circuit, as the qualifying session for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to challenge Mercedes for the win.