Jul.27 - Monza is preparing for a record crowd at this year's Italian GP.

Formula 1's popularity is surging this year, which looks set to translate into a huge crowd at Monza as the Tifosi support Charles Leclerc's title push.

"We are still expanding the temporary stands so as not to leave anyone out," said Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of the Italian automobile club Aci.

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Frecce Tricolori above the grid during the Formula 1 Heineken Gran Premio D’italia 2021, Italian Grand Prix, 14th round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship from September 9 to 12, 2021 on the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, in Monza, Italy - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

2022 is also a particularly special Italian GP for the fabled Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, as it marks 100 years since the first race back in 1922.

"The numbers for the Monza GP are already exceptional," Sticchi Damiani told Rai radio.

"We are heading towards 320,000 spectators over the weekend - numbers we've never seen."

However, Leclerc's quest for the first drivers' title for Ferrari since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 took a major hit at Paul Ricard, when the Monaco-born driver crashed out of the lead.

"Unfortunately it happens," Sticchi Damiani said. "A mistake makes a perfect driver like Leclerc at least look human.

"In my opinion he comes out stronger as a driver," he added. "So I keep hoping. We miss having a Ferrari world champion very much."

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