A Bit of Background:
The Monza Circuit has long been referred to as Formula One’s ‘Temple of Speed’ and is one of Formula One’s original seven, having been part of the inaugural 1950 World Championship. It has held the Italian Grand Prix every year bar one since.
Characterised by its long straights and heavy braking zones, it holds the record for Formula One’s fastest ever lap – a 260.6km/h lap during practice for the 2004 Grand Prix, held to this day by Juan Pablo Montoya and Williams.
Teams will add the smallest rear wings of the year, and hope the engines and brakes hold out for the full race!
What Makes Monza Unique:
The historic banking has been in place since 1922 and was, at the time, only the third purpose-built race circuit in the world. The parkland around Monza really does provide a glimpse into the history of motorsport and is well worth a visit.
The podium is also worth a mention and arguably one of the best on the calendar. Jutting out over the start/finish straight, the winning drivers will be thrust over the celebrating crowds of Tifosi.