Clay Regazzoni took his first victory in Formula One in only his fifth race at the Italian Grand Prix from Jackie Stewart and Jean-Pierre Beltoise. The victory celebrations were muted, however, as Jochen Rindt had been killed during practice the day before.
Ferrari's John Surtees won the Italian Grand Prix to the delight of the assembled Tifosi, a result that went a long way to enabling him to become the only man to have won world championships on two and four wheels. The race also marked the last grand prix for French driver Maurice Trintignant, who retired at the age of 47. Trintignant was the first Frenchman to win a grand prix and he also won twice at Monaco.
Nelson Piquet emerged victorious at the Italian Grand Prix, boosting his chances of championship victory in the process. The mid-race pit stops put Senna into the lead and he looked like he might be able to run without stopping but he went wide across a sand-trap, allowing Piquet past. The race also marked Italian Michele Alboreto's 100th grand prix start.