1948: Jean-Louis Schlesser was born. After two podiums in the Monaco Formula 3 Grand Prix, the Frenchman headed for sportscar racing. He would win two world titles for Sauber Mercedes in 1989/’90 and rack-up 15 wins for the team. His only Grand Prix start came for Williams at Monza in 1988 where he played a part in McLaren failing to win all 16 races that season. Race leader Ayrton Senna tripped over J-LS’s FW12 and retired, handing victory to Ferrari at home.
1965: Jackie Stewart took his maiden World Championship Grand Prix win for BRM in Italy. The Scot, in his first season of F1, qualified third at Monza, ahead of his world champion team-mate Graham Hill, and beat his countryman by 3.3 seconds for BRM’s third and final one-two.
1976: Less than six weeks after his fiery shunt at the Nürburgring, Ferrari ace Lauda made a remarkable return to F1 – for the Italian GP at Monza. He qualified fifth, ahead of team debutant Carlos Reutemann, and finished fourth. The weekend also marked the first pole position for Ligier, courtesy of Jacques Laffite, and the final win for the March team, thanks to Ronnie Peterson.