Formula One

F1 Italian GP preview – start time, how to watch & more

F1 is back in action this weekend, as it visits Monza for the final European race of the 2023 season. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, including how to watch. You can also check out the F1 predictions and odds for the weekend.

F1 Italian GP start time preview
Monza, Italien, 10.09.2022: Charles Leclerc (MCO), Scuderia Ferrari vor dem Free practice and qualifying zum FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA 2022 auf dem Nationales Autodrom Monza am 10. September 2022 in Monza, Italien. (Foto von Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images) Monza, Italy, 10.09.2022: Charles Leclerc (MCO), Scuderia Ferrari prior to the Free practice and qualifying during FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA 2022 at Monza National Autodrome on September 10, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon sport

Italian GP start time and UK schedule

Italian Grand Prix date

The Italian GP will happen on Sunday, September 3rd.

Italian Grand Prix start time

The Italian GP will start at 2:00 pm BST. You can check the tables below for the start time of all sessions.

Italian GP schedule

Friday, September 1stStart time (BST)
Free Practice 111:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Practice 23:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Saturday, September 2ndStart time (BST)
Free Practice 310:30 am – 11:30 am
Qualifying2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Sunday, September 3rdStart time (BST)
Race2:00 pm

How can I watch the Italian GP?

If you want to watch the Italian GP in the UK, Sky Sports will broadcast the race live on TV, and will also stream it live on the internet. NOW will also stream the action live on the internet. In the US, you can watch the Italian GP live on ESPN, both on TV and streaming.

Television channels


TV channelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming services


Streaming serviceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

About the Italian GP

One of the most traditional races in F1, the Italian Grand Prix has been part of the schedule every year since the series’ foundation, in 1950. Out of the 73 editions, 72 of them were held at Monza. The only exception was the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, which was briefly moved to Imola so that Monza could undergo some repair works.

The Italian Grand Prix ran on Monza’s famous old configuration until 1955. The track used part of the now deactivated high-banking oval. While not as fast as its old layout, the current one is still responsible for the highest average speeds in F1. Monza holds both the unofficial and official records.

The unofficial record was set by Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the 2020 Italian GP. Hamilton clocked his pole lap in 1:19.119 at 264.362 kph. Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, holds the official record for the fastest average speed in F1 history – which is also the longest-standing track record in F1. Barrichello lapped Monza in 1:21.046 on his way to victory in 2004, an average of 257.320 kph.

Altitude and weather

As is usually the case, the Monza weekend will likely be hot and dry – a contrast to what drivers saw last time out at Zandvoort. Weather is going to be in the 26ºC-28ºC range, climbing up to 29ºC at the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday. The forecast has a 0% chance of rain for the weekend.

Italian GP stats

Here are the key stats to know about the Italian GP:

Last Italian Grand Prix2022
Circuit length5.793 km
Number of laps53
Race distance306.720 km
Lap recordRubens Barrichello, 2004 (1:21.046)

Most wins (drivers)

DriversNumber of wins
Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton5
Nelson Piquet4
Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Ronnie Peterson, Alain Prost, Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel3
Alberto Ascari, Phil Hill, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Clay Regazzoni, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Juan Pablo Montoya, Fernando Alonso2
Giuseppe Farina, Tony Brooks, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Ludovico Scarfiotti, Denny Hulme, Peter Gethin, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, Rene Arnoux, Gerhard Berger, Nigel Mansell, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nico Rosberg, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen1

Most wins (constructors)

ConstructorsNumber of wins
BRM, Brabham, Red Bull3
Maserati, Vanwall, Renault2
Alfa Romeo, Cooper, Honda, Matra, March, Benetton, Jordan, Toro Rosso, Brawn GP, AlphaTauri1

Italy offer more than just racing

Monza, which was part of the Milan province, became an administrative province in 2009. The Municipality of Monza is well-known for its Medieval constructions, including multiple churches and chapels.

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