- September 4 down the years
We counted them out, we counted them inWhat happened on this day in Formula One history?
The Italian Grand Prix marked only the second time in history that every car that started the race was still running at the finish. It was won by Juan Pablo Montoya in his McLaren from the Renault's of Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella, who dedicated his podium finish to Michele Alboreto, the last Italian on the podium at Monza before him.
The day Crashgate took off, with the announcement from the FIA it was going to charge renault following claims by Nelson Piquet Junior that he had deliberately crashed his Renault at the previous year's Singapore Grand Prix under team orders. The hearing was set for September 21 but by then Renault boss Flavio Briatore and engineer Pat Symonds had quit.
Ludovico Scarfiotti delighted home fans by taking his first grand prix victory at Monza. Scarfiotti and team-mate Mike Parkes qualified on the front row but Lorenzo Bandini made a great start from fifth to lead at the end of the first lap as Scarfiotti dropped back to seventh behind Denny Hulme. Then came the Italian's charge through the field and, aided by the retirements of first Jack Brabham then John Surtees, he led home Parkes. The biggest incident came on lap 17 when Richie Ginther suffered a tyre failure in the Curva Grande and his Honda crashed into the trees beside the track. The American emerged miraculously unhurt but his car was destroyed.
Ferrari also dominated the 1960 Italian Grand Prix, Phil Hill leading home team-mates Ginther and Willy Mairesse for a 1-2-3. Wolfgang von Trips rounded off a great day for the Scuderia by finishing fifth in his F2 Ferrari behind Giulio Cabianca's Cooper-Castellotti.