Italian GP: Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso among the winners of classic Monza races

Ahead of Sunday's 13th round of the Formula One season, a look back at some of the memorable races at Monza.

Ayrton Senna drives the McLaren-Honda MP4/5B          during practice for the Italian Grand Prix on 9th September 1990 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Monza, Italy..  (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)
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Sunday is the 70th staging of the Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Ahead of the race as Sebastian Vettel looks to extend his seven-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship, here are some of the most memorable races from the past 30 years.

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It was an emotional scene at Monza 29 years ago as the race came a month after the death of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the organisation, at the age of 90.

Hopes of a home win were small given McLaren had dominated the season, winning all 11 races prior to Italy.

But Alain Prost retired midway with a mechanical failure, and then the other McLaren of Ayrton Senna collided with backmarker Jean-Louis Schlesser while leading with two laps to go.

This opened the door for Gerhard Berger to move to the front and lead home Ferrari teammate Michele Alboreto and complete a memorable one-two finish to delight the home fans.


This race was memorable for the huge crash involving Derek Warwick's Lotus on the opening lap. The Briton ran wide coming out of the Curva Parabolica and his car hit the barrier, flipping onto its side and then sliding down the main straight.

Warwick was unhurt, despite the brute force of the contact and ran back to the pits to take the spare car. At the front, Senna controlled the race in his McLaren to extend his championship lead over arch-rival Prost, who finished second for Ferrari after passing Senna's teammate Gerhard Berger.


Nigel Mansell was one of the most popular drivers to race for Ferrari, despite the fact that in his two seasons with the team in 1989 and 1990 he won only three races.

His spirit and tenacity resonated with the Ferrari fanbase, which explains why his 1991 win, despite now racing for Williams was so well received.

It was an impressive effort as he spent the first half of the race stuck behind Senna, but overtook him on Lap 34 and then pulled away to win for what would prove to be the only time at Monza.


Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen were in the midst of a fierce tussle for the drivers' championship when they came to Italy.

Schumacher had started on pole, but made an awful getaway as he dropped to fifth, with Hakkinen leading his McLaren teammate David Coulthard.

Hakkinen allowed Coulthard to overtake him as he struggled with a mishandling car, but that backfired on him when Coulthard's engine blew in front of him.

The plumes of smoke blinded him, and allowed Schumacher's Ferrari to pass him.

Hakkinen tried to fight back later in the race, but a brake problem led to a spin, and he eventually finished fourth as Schumacher gave the Ferrari fans another home win.


The 2008 race in Italy was Sebastian Vettel's coming of age moment as a F1 driver as, at the age of 21 years and 74 days, he became the youngest driver to win a grand prix.

It still remains Toro Rosso's lone race triumph as the German dominated in wet conditions after taking pole position.

Though the record now belongs to Max Verstappen, Vettel's effort is not easily forgotten, especially as he bids to win the race for a fourth time, and first for Ferrari, this weekend.


The last time Ferrari were victors at their home race was seven years ago. Fernando Alonso was behind the wheel on that occasion as he came out on top of a tense duel with Jenson Button.

Alonso started on pole, but was passed by Button's McLaren at the start. But the Spaniard stayed in range of the Briton, and staying out longer before his pit stop paid off as he held on to the lead and went on to win his first Italian race for Ferrari.