F1: Top five drivers with most wins in Italian GP history
The Italian GP, a venerable event on the F1 calendar, holds the distinction of being the fifth-oldest national Grand Prix, trailing behind the French, United States, Spanish, and Russian Grand Prix. Since the inception of the championship in 1950, the Italian GP has consistently graced the calendar, at the grounds of Monza every year, a feat it shares solely with the British Grand Prix. The only exception from this pattern occurred in 1980 when it unfolded at Imola.
Hence, numerous victors have emerged from the Monza Grand Prix, with a considerable portion achieving multiple triumphs; in fact, 19 drivers have secured victory in two or more editions of the Monza Grand Prix since 1950.
Let’s have a look at the leading five drivers who hold the highest number of victories in the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix:
5. Alain Prost: 3 Wins (1981, 1985, 1989)
Alain Marie Pascal Prost, a distinguished figure in motorsports, hails from France and is a notable retired racing driver and owner of a Formula One team.
Renowned as ‘The Professor,’ Alain Prost possessed an unparalleled aptitude within the realm of Formula 1, characterized by an innate capability to synchronize seamlessly with his race car.
His reign as the victory leader in Grand Prix events persisted from 1987 until 2001 when Michael Schumacher eclipsed Prost’s record of 51 wins during the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. Notably, Prost’s mastery over the Italian Grand Prix was demonstrated through his triumphant campaigns in 1981, 1985, and 1989.
4. Sebastian Vettel: 3 Wins (2008, 2011, 2013)
The cherished recollections of Monza hold a special place for Sebastian Vettel, a distinguished four-time World Champion. This historic track and event marked the location where he achieved his inaugural race victory, a milestone he accomplished in 2008 while driving for Toro Rosso.
During the rain-soaked 2008 Italian Grand Prix, Vettel secured his place in history by becoming the youngest Formula One driver ever to claim victory in a Grand Prix, achieving this remarkable feat at the age of 21 years and 74 days.
He added two more triumphs to his tally during his dominant era with Red Bull in the initial half of the 2010s.
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3. Nelson Piquet: 4 Wins (1980,1983, 1986, 1987)
Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, a Brazilian racing driver turned businessman, was born on August 17, 1952. With a remarkable career that included three World Championships, Piquet has consistently secured a position among the finest Formula One (F1) drivers, as acknowledged in various motorsport surveys.
Piquet’s mastery over the Italian Grand Prix led to four victories, the second-highest count achieved by any F1 driver. His triumphant campaigns in the Italian Grand Prix took place in 1980, 1983, 1986, and 1987.
Following his retirement from F1, Piquet ventured into the realm of the Indianapolis 500 for a two-year stint.
2. Michael Schumacher: 5 Wins (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Tied for the most victories at the Italian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton jointly hold the leading position.
Michael Schumacher is a renowned German ex-racing driver, who participated in Formula One across stints with Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes. Schumacher gained recognition for consistently pushing his car to its absolute limits throughout races, pioneering an advanced fitness regimen, and displaying the skill to rally and inspire teams under his leadership.
Schumacher’s dominance was undeniable during his tenure at Ferrari, a fact that became evident at numerous tracks, including the iconic Monza circuit.
1. Lewis Hamilton: 5 Wins (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Sharing the pinnacle as the greatest Formula 1 driver of the 2010s, this remarkable individual holds an impressive record for the most victories at the Monza Grand Prix, securing the top position on the podium five times.
Hamilton holds the joint-record seven World Drivers’ Championship titles (tied with Michael Schumacher), records for the most wins (103), pole positions (104), and podium finishes (195), among others.
Four of his five wins came as a Mercedes driver, all of which he then went on to win the championship that season.