Back to back victories for 21-year old Charles Leclerc. The first Ferrari win at home since 2010. Wild post-race atmosphere at Monza! Here’s our highlights from the 2019 Italian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc fought off a sustained race-long challenge from Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to win his second race in as many weekends on Sunday as our guests soaked up the one-of-a-kind trackside atmosphere at Monza. “I think if you have to win one Grand Prix with Ferrari it’s the Italian Grand Prix,” said Leclerc afterwards. Meanwhile, his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel goes into the final part of the season on the back foot after another unforced error put him out of contention. Daniel Ricciardo recorded the best finish of his short Renault career to date with fourth at Monza, while Alexander Albon maintained his 100% head-to-head record against teammate Max Verstappen with sixth; the Dutchman battled through from last on the grid to 8th at the chequered flag.
Our Monza weekend began with a Thursday trip to the circuit for Starter, Trophy, Hero and Premier guests, who skipped the queue for the public pit lane walk and enjoyed a close-up view of the cars as the mechanics prepped them for the weekend. New Red Bull driver Alexander Albon was also around and happy to pose for some selfies. We also completed a Guided Track Tour of this historic circuit, featuring such iconic corners as Ascari and Parabolica. One more memento before leaving the circuit; a photo op with the authentic trophies awarded to drivers and teams since the advent of the modern World Championship in 1950. Monza has been an annual stop on the calendar every year since, with the exception of 1980 when the race was held at Imola.
After the final on-track action of the day had finished, our guests from the Elite Supercar Tour Monza had the unique opportunity to drive their high-performance cars on the full Grand Prix circuit. Stay tuned for the full report of this exciting 8-Day driving tour! Later, Trophy and Hero guests were invited inside the exclusive Formula 1 Paddock Club above the pits for a reception with Romain Grosjean of the Haas Formula 1 Team. The experienced Swiss-French driver has had a difficult campaign so far in 2019, but is still hoping to secure a seat with the USA’s only F1 team for 2020.
Our final activity for the day was F1 Insider Access, where our guests spent time in the pit lane meeting F1 Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer and Jeremy from Alpinestars before attending a very special press conference hosted by James O’Brien and Luc Major. The photo op on the podium was very special for one couple; he asked for her hand in marriage and she said yes!
Ex-Ferrari driver Jean Alesi paid us a visit in the Champions Club after qualifying on Saturday, just after Charles Leclerc beat his rivals to pole position in a bizarre end to the Top 10 shootout as most drivers failed to even set a final time during Q3 (watch the highlights here).
Sean Bratches, the Managing Director of Commercial Operations of the sport, stopped by the Champions Club on race day to tell us more about the record-breaking 22 race calendar planned for 2020 and progress towards new technical regulations in 2021. Meanwhile, our guests in the Paddock Club enjoyed gourmet cuisine and top-quality views above the team garages, not to mention Guided Paddock Access, daily pit lane walks, driver appearances and truck tours of the track!
Official Ticket Packages are now on sale for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. Early bird pricing applies until 9 October.