Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton is still second to Michael Schumacher
Statistics for Monza
(Round 13 of 20 races):
Lap distance: 5.793km.
Total distance: 306.720km (53 laps)
2016 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes One minute 21.135 seconds
2016 winner: Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
Race lap record: Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari 2004, 1:21.046
Triple world champion Hamilton has 58 career victories and is second in the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (91). Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has 46.
Champions Mercedes have won 58 of 71 races since the introduction of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, and seven of 12 this season.
Ferrari have won 228 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 71 and Red Bull 53. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.
There have been four different winners this season so far – Hamilton, Vettel, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull).
Hamilton has had 68 career poles, equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record in Belgium last weekend.
Mercedes have been on pole in 65 of the last 71 races.
Four drivers have started on pole this season – Hamilton (seven times), Vettel (twice), Bottas (twice) and Raikkonen.
Hamilton has 111 podiums to date and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 95, Raikkonen 88.
Hamilton is seven points behind Vettel. The only drivers yet to score are Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson. Vettel and Hamilton both have 17 scoring finishes in a row.
Hamilton has won at Monza three times in the past five years. The Briton has been on pole for the past three years at ‘La Pista Magica’.
A win by Vettel on Sunday would make him only the second driver, and first since Britain’s Stirling Moss in the 1950s, to win at Monza with three different teams. He has done so previously with Toro Rosso (2008) and Red Bull (2011 and 2013).
The Italian and British Grands Prix are the only ones to have featured every year since the championship started in 1950. The Italian race has always been staged at Monza, with one exception – at Imola in 1980. The race has been won from pole position nine times in the last 12 years, and 13 of the last 18.
Michael Schumacher won a record five times at Monza, all with Ferrari – who have 18 wins at the track, more than any other team.
Ferrari are celebrating their 70th anniversary, with various activities to mark the occasion.
Hamilton can set an absolute pole position record at Monza.