2023 Italian Grand Prix

The 2023 Italian Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023) was a Formula One motor race held on 3 September 2023 at the Monza Circuit in Monza, Italy. It was the fourteenth round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship.

2023 Italian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 22 in the 2023 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Race details[1]
Date 3 September 2023
Official name Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023
Location Monza Circuit
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.793 km (3.599 miles)
Distance 51 laps, 295.134 km (183.388 miles)
Scheduled distance 53 laps, 306.720 km (190.586 miles)
Weather Sunny
Attendance 304,134[2]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:20.294
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.072 on lap 43
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT
Second Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders

The race was won by Max Verstappen for Red Bull Racing for his tenth consecutive win in a row, breaking previous Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel's record of nine consecutive race victories of 2013, and extending Red Bull Racing's consecutive race wins record as a constructor to 15. Verstappen, Sergio Pérez and polesitter Carlos Sainz Jr. of Ferrari made up the podium, Sainz's second podium at Monza Circuit.

Background edit

The event was held across the weekend of 1–3 September. It was the fourteenth round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship and the 93rd running of the Italian Grand Prix.[3][failed verification]

Championship standings before the race edit

Coming into the weekend, Max Verstappen led the Drivers' Championship by 138 points from teammate Sergio Pérez, with Fernando Alonso third, a further 33 points behind. Red Bull Racing led the Constructors' Championship, leading Mercedes by 285 points and Aston Martin by a further 40 points.[4]

Entrants edit

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list, with the exception of Liam Lawson, who was in the seat originally held by Nyck de Vries.[5][a] Felipe Drugovich drove for Aston Martin in place of Lance Stroll during the first practice session.[8]

Tyre choices edit

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the C3, C4 and C5 tyre compounds (designated hard, medium, and soft, respectively) for teams to use at the event.[9]

A reduction in allocated tyre sets from the standard 13 to 11, referred to as the Alternative Tyre Allocation (ATA), was trialled again during this Grand Prix, with the intention of making tyre usage more sustainable. This is the second and last time this season that it was trialled after the Hungarian Grand Prix. The usage of tyre compounds during qualifying was mandated as hard in Q1, medium in Q2 and soft in Q3, assuming that the weather is dry.[10]

Practice edit

Three free practice sessions were held for the event. The first practice session was held on 1 September 2023, at 13:30 local time (UTC+2). Max Verstappen topped the session, with Carlos Sainz Jr. recording the second-fastest time and Sergio Pérez recording the third-fastest.

The second practice session was held later that day at 17:00 local time (UTC+2). It was topped by Carlos Sainz Jr., with Lando Norris recording the second-fastest time and Sergio Pérez recording the third-fastest. The session was red-flagged early when Lance Stroll's fuel system failed, forcing him to sit out the rest of the session. It was later red-flagged again when Sergio Pérez spun into the gravel at turn 11. However, Pérez's crash was late enough in the session to retain the third-fastest time.

The third practice session was held on 2 September 2023, at 12:30 local time (UTC+2), with Sainz topping the session ahead of Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.[11]

Qualifying edit

Qualifying was held on 2 September 2023, at 16:00 local time (UTC+2).[11]

Qualifying report edit

Max Verstappen topped the first session, which was to be set on hard tyres, ahead of Alexander Albon and Charles Leclerc while Zhou Guanyu, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll did not advance to the second session. Zhou, Oscar Piastri, who would recover by recording the eleventh-fastest time, Fernando Alonso and Verstappen had their lap times deleted due to track limits violations.

The second session, set to medium tyres, was also topped by Verstappen, ahead of Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. This time, Yuki Tsunoda, Liam Lawson, Nico Hülkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant did not advance to the final qualifying session.

The third session was run on soft tyres. In his fastest lap, Verstappen's left-rear wheel snapped into the gravel but he still set the provisional fastest lap. However, Sainz beat Verstappen to pole by 0.013s, taking pole position in front of the Tifosi.[12]

Qualifying classification edit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:21.965 1:20.991 1:20.294 1
2 1   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 1:21.573 1:20.937 1:20.307 2
3 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:21.788 1:20.977 1:20.361 3
4 63   George Russell Mercedes 1:22.148 1:21.382 1:20.671 4
5 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 1:21.911 1:21.240 1:20.688 5
6 23   Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 1:21.661 1:21.272 1:20.760 6
7 81   Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.106 1:21.527 1:20.785 7
8 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.977 1:21.369 1:20.820 8
9 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.995 1:21.581 1:20.979 9
10 14   Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:22.043 1:21.543 1:21.417 10
11 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1:21.852 1:21.594 N/A 11
12 40   Liam Lawson AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1:22.112 1:21.758 N/A 12
13 27   Nico Hülkenberg Haas-Ferrari 1:22.343 1:21.776 N/A 13
14 77   Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:22.249 1:21.940 N/A 14
15 2   Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes 1:21.930 1:21.944 N/A 15
16 24   Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:22.390 N/A N/A 16
17 10   Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault 1:22.545 N/A N/A 17
18 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1:22.548 N/A N/A 18
19 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:22.592 N/A N/A 19
20 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:22.860 N/A N/A 20
107% time: 1:27.283
Source:[13][14]

Race edit

The race was held on 3 September 2023, and was scheduled at 15:00 local time (UTC+2),[11] but was delayed by 20 minutes due to an aborted start procedure.

Race report edit

 
Polesitter Carlos Sainz Jr. during the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

The formation lap was aborted after Yuki Tsunoda broke down on track; his car was wheeled off via truck. Initially, the drivers were sent round for an additional formation lap, before a 20-minute delay was imposed. A third formation lap was held at the end of the delay, before the race start. As two unscheduled formation laps had taken place, the race distance was reduced by two laps.

Polesitter Carlos Sainz Jr. had a good start and held off second-placed Max Verstappen for the first 14 laps. Even when Verstappen was allowed DRS, he was unable to make an overtake as Sainz continued to make a strong defence. Sainz locked up coming into the first corner on lap 15, giving Verstappen a chance. Verstappen eventually passed Sainz and led the race for the next five laps until he came in for a stop. Meanwhile, George Russell and Sergio Pérez were having their own fight for fourth place behind Charles Leclerc. On lap 14, Pérez was able to pass Russell at the first corner, but both cars missed the chicane and Pérez had to give the position back. Due to another incident against Esteban Ocon at the same corner after his stop, in which Russell overtook Ocon off the track, Russell was given a five-second penalty.

Behind Verstappen, who quickly pulled several seconds ahead, the other drivers were having close battles, with Pérez and Leclerc duelling at the second corner. Lewis Hamilton made an error trying to pass Oscar Piastri, cutting across him in the braking zone of turn 4. Piastri's front wing was damaged and he had to make an unscheduled pit stop for repairs. Hamilton was given a five-second penalty for the collision but he had enough of a gap over Alexander Albon at the end to avoid losing any positions when the penalty was applied. Meanwhile, Sainz would run out of room at the first corner. He was forced not to only take the run-off area, but give Pérez second place. As the race was reaching its closing stages, Leclerc locked up twice and almost collided with Sainz. Sainz himself would lock up into the first corner as Verstappen won his second consecutive Italian Grand Prix. With ten consecutive wins since the Miami Grand Prix, this broke Sebastian Vettel's 2013 record of nine consecutive wins in a row – and Red Bull Racing extended their record of most consecutive wins for a constructor to 15, having won every race since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[15]

Race classification edit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps1 Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 51 1:13:41.143 2 25
2 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 51 +6.064 5 18
3 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 51 +11.193 1 15
4 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 51 +11.377 3 12
5 63   George Russell Mercedes 51 +23.0282 4 10
6 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 51 +42.6793 8 8
7 23   Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 51 +45.106 6 6
8 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 51 +45.449 9 4
9 14   Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 51 +46.294 10 2
10 77   Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 51 +1:04.056 14 1
11 40   Liam Lawson AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 51 +1:10.638 12
12 81   Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes 51 +1:13.0744 7
13 2   Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes 51 +1:18.5575 15
14 24   Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 51 +1:20.164 16
15 10   Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault 51 +1:22.510 17
16 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 51 +1:27.266 20
17 27   Nico Hülkenberg Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 13
18 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 19
Ret 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 39 Steering 18
DNS 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 0 Engine 6
Fastest lap:   Oscar Piastri (McLaren-Mercedes) – 1:25.072 (lap 43)
Source:[14][16][17][18]

Notes

  • ^1 – The race distance was scheduled to be 53 laps before being shortened by two laps due to an aborted start procedure.[16]
  • ^2George Russell received a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. His final position was not affected by the penalty.[16]
  • ^3Lewis Hamilton received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Oscar Piastri. His final position was not affected by the penalty.[16]
  • ^4Oscar Piastri finished 11th, but he received a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.[16]
  • ^5Logan Sargeant received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Valtteri Bottas. His final position was not affected by the penalty.[16]
  • ^6Yuki Tsunoda did not start the race due to an engine failure during the formation lap. His place on the grid was left vacant.[16]

Championship standings after the race edit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Nyck de Vries was originally replaced by Daniel Ricciardo from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.[6] Ricciardo was subsequently replaced by Liam Lawson whilst Ricciardo recovered from a broken metacarpal bone which he suffered following a crash during the second practice of the preceding Dutch Grand Prix.[7]

References edit

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  2. ^ "I numeri del Gran Premio di Monza" [The numbers of the Monza Grand Prix]. Monzatoday.it (in Italian). 4 September 2023. Archived from the original on 5 September 2023. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  3. ^ "F1 Calendar 2023". F1 Calendar. Archived from the original on 5 July 2023. Retrieved 19 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Netherlands 2023 – Championship". Stats F1. 1 September 2023. Archived from the original on 29 August 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  5. ^ "2023 Italian Grand Prix – Entry List" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 1 September 2023. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 September 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Breaking: Ricciardo to replace De Vries at AlphaTauri from the Hungarian Grand Prix". Formula 1. 11 July 2023. Archived from the original on 13 July 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  7. ^ "AlphaTauri confirm Lawson will race at Monza – and until Ricciardo is ready to return to action". Formula 1. 28 August 2023. Archived from the original on 28 August 2023. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Aston Martin reserve Drugovich set for FP1 outing at Italian GP". Formula 1. 29 August 2023. Archived from the original on 2 September 2023. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  9. ^ "News and tyre choices for Zandvoort and Monza". Pirelli. 31 July 2023. Archived from the original on 4 August 2023. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  10. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2 May 2022). "F1 to trial tweaked qualifying format in 2023". Autosport.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2022. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  11. ^ a b c "Italian Grand Prix 2023 – F1 Race". Formula 1. Archived from the original on 25 May 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Sainz pips Verstappen and Leclerc to pole in ultra-close Italian GP qualifying". Formula 1. 2 September 2023. Archived from the original on 4 September 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023 – Qualifying". Formula 1. 2 September 2023. Archived from the original on 1 September 2023. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  14. ^ a b "Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023 – Starting Grid". Formula 1. 2 September 2023. Archived from the original on 1 September 2023. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  15. ^ "Verstappen charges to Monza victory for record-breaking 10th successive F1 win". Formula 1. 3 September 2023. Archived from the original on 3 September 2023. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023 – Race Result". Formula 1. 3 September 2023. Archived from the original on 12 May 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  17. ^ "Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio d'Italia 2023 – Fastest Laps". Formula 1. 3 September 2023. Archived from the original on 1 September 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.
  18. ^ "Italy 2023". StatsF1.com. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  19. ^ a b "Italy 2023 – Championship". Stats F1. 3 September 2023. Archived from the original on 3 September 2023. Retrieved 3 September 2023.

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