Italian GP – Monza
The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is the home to Italian Grand Prix (Gran Premio d’Italia) and has been hosting motor racing events since 1921. The circuit is a historic race track near the city of Monza, north of Milan, Italy. The Italian GP is one of the oldest GP along with the British GP that have hosted every Formula One World Championship event continuously since the inception of the championship in 1950. The circuit is also the home track for Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team and the Tifosi.
THE PARABOLICA SECTION
The Monza circuit has seen a series of redevelopments over the years of hosting Formula One events. In 1954, the circuit was revamped with the introduction of a new sweeping corner, the “Parabolica” and the reconstruction of the new Monza banking. The year also marked the first manufacturing of Ferrari cars by Enzo Ferrari to compete in Formula One.
The banking was last used in 1969 following complaints by other teams which cited the uneven nature of the section and the unappropriateness of the material used. The following years (1970 to 1980) saw the introduction of chicanes, addition of runoff areas, resurfacing of the track and and building a new pit complex.
The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is 5.793km long with only eleven corners, the most signficant one being the “Parabolica” on the southern end of the circuit.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton hold the most race wins with five (5) victories apiece for the Italian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel was the youngest ever Formula One driver to win the Italian GP (Monza) in 2008 at the age of 21 years 74 days. The Italian GP continues to cement itself as one of the pivotal race events in the history of Formula One and marks a flagship status in the F1 championship events.