The Italian Grand Prix - only on Sky Sports F1

By James Pickard - Wed 26th Aug 2015 Features

Next up on the F1 calendar is Monza, the Italian Grand Prix, and Sky Sports subscribers can watch it exclusively live and uninterrupted on Sky Sports F1.

Monza - part of Formula 1 history

Monza was part of the calendar when the Formula 1 championship had its first season, in 1950.  Monza has hosted the country’s race every season since then, except in 1980, when it switched to Imola.

Michael Schumacher has the most wins on the circuit as an F1 driver, with 5 during his outstanding career, and Ferrari has been the dominant constructor win 19 wins.

The track length is 3.6 miles, and the total race length is just over 190 miles, with drivers racing for 53 laps.

Lewis Hamilton, the current championship leader, won in 2014 with a time of 1:19:10.236, closely followed by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.  Massa was a distant third, finishing 25 seconds after the British two-time F1 champion.

Live & uninterrupted on Sky Sports F1

Sky Sports F1 is the only place that shows every single race of the F1 season, live and uninterrupted.  Viewers can watch all the practice sessions, then qualifying, followed by the full race on Sunday.

The dedicated channels has a highlights show for those who missed the race and want to see the best bits, and there is plenty of analysis and punditry to enjoy.  During the race you’ll get radio dialogue between drivers and teams, as well as replays and live commentary from the pit lane.  Before and after the race there are interviews with team bosses, drivers and the famous names from the world of F1, and once it’s over you can hear from the three podium finishers.

Two-horse race?

Mercedes might as well take the constructors’ crown right now; the Brackley-based team has 426 points, with Ferrari the closest rivals on 242.

As for the drivers’ championship, Hamilton is the firm favourite, but Rosberg will be well within his rights to believe he can overtake and beat him with 8 races still to go.  Vettel will also hold out hope, but he has very little chance of usurping both Mercedes drivers, who are in imperious form.

Formula 1 current standings - Top 5

1     Lewis Hamilton     GBR     Mercedes       227

2     Nico Rosberg       GER      Mercedes      199

3     Sebastian Vettel   GER      Ferrari           160

4     Kimi Räikkönen     FIN       Ferrari            82

5     Felipe Massa        BRA     Williams         82

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