Monza Grand Prix

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The Monza Grand Prix (Gran Premio di Monza) was an automobile race held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza at Monza, Italy.

Following the terrible accident during the 1928 Italian Grand Prix, where Emilio Materassi and 27 spectators lost their lives, the Italian Grand Prix was cancelled in 1929 and 1930. Not wanting to abandon racing at the Monza track completely, the Monza Grand Prix was held as a substitute during these years. Even when the Italian Grand Prix returned to the racing calendar, the Monza Grand Prix was retained as a separate event.

The competition was typically divided into three short (~30 minutes) heats according to engine size, one repechage and a longer final.

The 1933 event was to be known as the Black Sunday, due to 3 top drivers (Giuseppe Campari, Baconin Borzacchini and Stanisław Czaykowski) getting killed in two separate accidents at the south banking of the high speed loop.[1][2] The racing world was stunned and this spelled the end, not only for the Monza Grand Prix, but also for Monza's original 10 km circuit. The Italian Grand Prix continued on during the following years, using a number of different layouts, with chicanes put in to slow down the speed.

After the Second World War the Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza was run in five editions between 1948 and 1952. The first of these was a Formula One race and the rest Formula Two. None of them counted towards the World Championship.

The race was resumed in 1980, when the Italian F1 Grand Pix was raced in "Dino Ferrari" circuit in Imola. A Formula Two race was arranged.

Today, the Italian Grand Prix is sometimes referred to as "the Monza Grand Prix" since it is so closely associated with the Monza track.

Winners of the Monza Grand Prix[edit]

These are the winners of the Monza Grands Prix.[3][4][5]

Year Driver Constructor Class Location Report
1980 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Toleman Formula Two Monza Report
Not held
1952 Italy Giuseppe Farina Ferrari Formula Two Monza Report
1951 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Formula Two Monza Report
1950 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Formula Two Monza Report
1949 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari Formula Two Monza Report
1948 France Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Formula One Monza Report
Not held
1933 France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti Grand Prix Monza Report
1932 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Monza Report
1931 Italy Luigi Fagioli Maserati Grand Prix Monza Report
1930 Italy Achille Varzi Maserati Grand Prix Monza Report
1929 Italy Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Monza Report
Not held
1922 France André Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza Formula Libre Monza Report

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