Sky Sports F1's 2013 Italian GP schedule
What to look out for on this weekend's coverage from Monza...
By Sky Sports Online. Last Updated: 09/12/13 9:20am
It's time to pay due reverence as F1 returns to the Temple of Speed this weekend...
Rightly regarded as one of the highlights of the F1 calendar, Monza has been hosting F1 races since the sport's inception, and still demands the utmost respect of the F1 field as they hurtle around the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza at an average lap speed in excess of 150mph.
It's only appropriate, therefore, that Sky Sports F1 has prepared a series of fast-moving, action-packed shows to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.
As ever, Sunday's all-important race programme will be the cherry on the top of our coverage this weekend and among the features we have lined up are:
• To commemorate McLaren's 50-year anniversary, our team of pundits - including Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert - will be getting behind the wheel of McLaren cars from over the years...with a certain Jenson Button also in close attendance as our team put the classic McLarens through their paces at Silverstone.
• We'll be going behind the scenes with Ferrari after the Scuderia invited our cameras into their inner sanctums during the Belgian GP weekend to see areas of their operation that have only rarely been glimpsed before.
• 'Damon & Johnny's Monza Memories' as the two former Italian GP victors tour the track to reflect on their triumphs and muse on what it takes to win at F1's Temple of Speed.
So that's Sunday sorted, but what about the rest of the weekend? Well, throughout we'll have the latest news on the unfolding story of the World Championship battle and the increasingly-intriguing (and bewildering!) 'Silly Season'.
But that's far from all. McLaren's Sergio Perez, who very nearly won last year's Italian GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton, will be our track guide during Saturday's qualifying show, while our Saturday lunchtime show will also include Rush stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, as well as director Ron Howard, tackling the Monza circuit on a computer simulation!
Anything else? Yes, plenty! Not only will Friday offer up both of the day's practice sessions as Ferrari and Mercedes strive to uncover a way to defeat Red Bull, but Ted and Natalie will be presenting a live edition of The F1 Show at 5pm direct from the Monza paddock. Not only will the show have all the news and views from Friday practice, but it will also include interviews with Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa - two drivers of Italian teams very much in the news at present - as well as cook up a stir with Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas and celebrity chef Michael Caines.
As always, don't miss it!
Wednesday 4th September
7pm - Lotus: Chapman's Winning Formula.
8pm - Classic Races - Italy 2010.
Thursday 5th September
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
8pm - 2012 Italian GP highlights.
9.30pm - Gear up for Italy.
Friday 6th September
8.45am - Italian GP Practice One - Live!
11am - GP2 Practice - Live!
12.45pm - Italian GP Practice Two - Live!
2.50pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
4.15pm - Team Principals' Press Conference
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!
6pm - Classic Races - Italy 1988 (highlights).
6.40pm - Classic Races - Italy 1995 (highlights).
Saturday 7th September
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!
9.50pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
Sunday 8th September
8.20am - GP3 Race Two - Live!
9.30am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11.30am - The 2013 Italian GP - Live!
4.15pm - F1 Legends - Alain Prost.
7pm - Italian GP highlights.
8pm - Ted's Race Notebook.