The 2014 Italian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

F1 heads to the 'temple of speed' that is Monza

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 03/09/14 7:09pm

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The 2014 Italian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

The long straights of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium are followed by blasts through the trees of the Royal Villa Park as F1 heads to Monza.

So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.

The 2014 Italian GP in a nutshell

Track: Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).

Laps: 53.

Track length: 5.793 km.

Tyre allocation: Orange (hard) and while (medium).

DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points – pit straight and between Lesmo Two and Variante Ascari.

Driver steward: TBA.

Lap record: Rubens Barrichello - 1:21.046 (Ferrari; 2004).

2013 pole: Sebastian Vettel - 1:23.755 (Red Bull).

Sebastian Vettel: On pole in 2013

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Thursday 24th July
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
9pm – Classic F1 – 1989 Italian GP.
11:30pm – Gear Up for Italy.
 
Friday 25th July
8:45am – Italian GP Practice One - Live!
11am – GP2 Practice – Live!
12:45pm – Italian GP Practice Two - Live!
2:50pm – GP2 Qualifying – Live!
4pm – Team Principals’ Press Conference.
5pm – The F1 Show – Live!
6pm – Classic F1 – 2010 Italian GP.

Saturday 26th July
8:45am – GP3 Qualifying – Live!
9:45am – Italian GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm – Italian GP Qualifying – Live!
2:35pm – GP2 Feature Race – Live!
4:15pm – GP3 Race One – Live!
7:55pm – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook.
8:25pm – Classic F1 – 1993 Italian GP.

Sunday 27th July
8:20am – GP3 Race Two – Live!
9:30am – GP2 Sprint Race – Live!
11:30am – The 2014 Italian GP – Track Parade – Live!
12pm - The 2014 Italian GP – Race – Live! 
3:30pm - The 2014 Italian GP – Paddock Live!
4:15pm – Tales from the Vault: Underdogs.
5:15pm – Classic F1 – 1995 Italian GP.
6pm – 2014 Italian GP Highlights.
7pm – Ted’s Race Notebook.

Form Guide

Sebastian Vettel is the most successful of the current drivers with three victories at the Italian GP, including his maiden win in 2008, but he still trails Michael Schumacher’s record of five triumphs at Monza.

Fernando Alonso is the only other current driver to have achieved multiple wins at the venue with success coming in 2007 and 2010. Of the remaining 20 drivers this weekend only Lewis Hamilton has stood atop the podium with victory in 2012.

2013 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 4. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 5. Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber); 6. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 7. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso); 8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 9. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 10. Jenson Button (McLaren).

Last five winners in Italy: 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2009: Rubens Barrichello (Brawn).

Sebastian Vettel took victory in 2013

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the two hardest tyres in their range – the orange-marked hard and the white-banded medium – to Monza this weekend.

Branding the track the ‘temple of speed’ the Italian firm said their tyre choice is “to combat the high-energy loads that are put through the tyres as the result of high traction and braking demands, sustained high speeds and frequently warm temperatures".

Sky Bet odds

Lewis Hamilton is favourite for the Italian Grand Prix with Sky Bet as he looks to bounce back from the frustrations of Belgium. Check out the full range of odds here.

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