As far as dominant race weekends go, Lewis Hamilton is unlikely to have sampled one like the 2015 Italian Grand Prix before. He topped every practice and qualifying session, remained first from lights to flag, and posted the fastest lap too.
But while Hamilton’s third F1 world title seems ever more certain (he’s 53 points clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg), the future of Italian grand prix at Monza seems far from assured.
The circuit is struggling to raise the cash to stage the race beyond next season, and Bernie Ecclestone has already said he will not offer a cut-price deal.
Here are some pictures showing why the motor-racing supremo needs to urgently reconsider.
1. Cars have lined up on Monza’s starting grid for all but one Italian Grand Prix – going right back to Formula One’s inception in 1950.
2. Known as the “temple of speed”, Monza’s a real power circuit – its 53 laps have seen some of the sport’s most classic races.
Sadly that does not, of course, include Hamilton’s romp to victory this weekend after Rosberg’s engine blew up.
3. Do you really never want to see drivers slipping round those 11 sweet corners ever again?
4. And it’d look plain odd to see the Frecce Tricolori Italian Air Force acrobatic squad flying above any other circuit.
Nope, this boomerang-shaped streak of asphalt just north of Milan is the only place we want to see them.
5. Did we mention Monza’s got tutti the history?
That stat again: ALL Italian Grand Prix bar one have been at Monza since 1950. That’s 64 out of 65 races. That’s a lot of history.
6. The people don’t want to see Monza struck off the F1 season.
This sign reads: “Ecclestone, don’t touch Monza.”
7. The Italian prime minister himself is clearly keen on getting Bernie to change his mind.
If Matteo Renzi smiles at him enough, could Ecclestone let the fee slide?
8. When fans see this sign… well, they know they’re in safe hands.
8. There’s no greater place to race if you’re a Ferrari driver.
9. So many drivers have passed victorious beneath Monza’s chequered flag.
Other than Hamilton (who’s won here three times now), drivers to have triumphed at Monza’s chequered flag include Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet, Stirling Moss, Alain Prost, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Damon Hill… and, yes, Sebastian Vettel.
10. And the sun always shines at Monza.
11. Which looks really good when you’re spraying champagne.
12. So come on, Bernie. Let’s not let money get in the way of a glorious heritage, eh?