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Tarmac replaces gravel at Monza’s legendary Parabolica

Aug 7, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

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The modernization of Formula One circuits continue with news Thursday that the legendary, iconic Autodromo Nazionale d’Monza will have the Parabolica corner, the last corner leading onto the front straight, lose its gravel trap to be replaced by tarmac.

While the tarmac may be safer in getting cars to stop, it may remove some of the challenge for drivers in that corner.

ESPN F1 reported that with a possible World Superbike return in 2015, this change may be in anticipation for that.

Drivers are already lamenting the change – here’s thoughts from ex-F1 shoes Karun Chandhok and Jerome d’Ambrosio, as well as current rising star Tom Dillmann from GP2:

  1. kitnamania13 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    If Bernie really does want to drop Monza, this is an excellent first step in softening the blow for the fans. As far is World Superbike is concerned, they probably shouldn’t be racing at a circuit surrounded by trees in the first place.

  2. indycarseries500 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    It looks like the money would’ve been better spent on that grandstand, good thing Ferrari sucks or else it might collapse.

  3. manik56 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Not sure how tarmac is safer. Ask Kimi and Massa at Silverstone what happens when you get away with a mistake because of tarmac runoff.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      At the Parabolica, drainage would be driver’s right.

  4. testover6370 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    “Fans aren’t tuning in or showing up to races anymore! What should we do?”

    “Turn all the circuits into Tilke-dromes! Fans love those new modern tracks with no character or consequence.”

    These guys make the IRL look brilliant.

    • crunge4461 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Testover, looks like we both wrote our comments simultaneously and seems we are in agreement. I will say, as a big Indy fan, that I really applaud D. Walker and friends for having the guts to push the speed envelope at IMS, very gutsy and IMO it shows that the Indy leadership understands the importance of speed, risk and spectacle in racing. F1 is totally out to lunch on a lot of these areas, probably because F1, of which I am also a great fan, today is run far too much by engineers and auto manufacturers rather than those with a clear understanding of the spectator element of the sport.

  5. crunge4461 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    I cannot figure F1 sometimes, when people watch F1 they want speed and excitement….that means the racing is on the edge and there exist certain fast and risky curves that drivers cannot get wrong without significant consequences….why give drivers the ability to drive off and on without the consequence?? I fear that one day all F1 races will be held on neutered super-safe car park circuits and I will finally make the decision to stop watching.

  6. techmeister1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    The reality is that tarmac tends to be safer in most instances. It also prevents someone dropping out of the race for a minor error when pushing the limits. I don’t think it detracts from the racing at all.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Key term “pushing the limits” an error is going over those limits. There should be penalty for going over those limits, otherwise the limit means nothing.

  7. barrylibby - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Of course what is not mentioned is racing is supposed to take place on the track ,not curbs, not run off areas !
    This season at least FIA is starting to address issue.
    If cars can’t stay w/in track boundaries maybe there is something wrong with cars .
    A good pass on any corner is recognized at 100 mph or 120 mph, how many can tell the difference ?

  8. dolphinsfan95 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    #Ruined. I’ll never understand these sports changing things that aren’t broken and don’t need to be tinkered with at all. It looks more and more to me that I started watching F1 at the wrong time back in 2011 because it’s becoming a joke.

  9. Jeff - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM


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