Monza – a Formula One gem
Originally Monza was built in 1922 by 3,500 workers and financed by the Milan Automobile Club.
Monza was initially a Formula One Trackwith 2.80 mile oval and a 3.42 mile road track. It was only the third purpose-built motor racing circuit to be constructed after Brooklands and Indianapolis. The grand stands opened to the public in September. The track was 10 km in length and was built on an area of 340 hectares.
The Italian Grand Prix was held at Monza for the first time on 10 September 1922. In 1928, the most serious Italian racing accident to date ended in the death of driver Emilio Materassi and 27 spectators at that year’s Grand Prix. Until 1932, further Grand Prix races were confined to the high-speed loop. The 1933 race was marked by the deaths of three drivers and the Grand Prix layout was changed, with two chicanes added and the longer straights removed providing us with the more familiar look of Monza today.
Monza is one of the longest running tracks in the formula one calendar and on few occassions has been replaced by other tracks for the Italian grand prix with Imola.
Formula one is in love with the speed of Monza. After the straight in front of the box there is the first variant, that originally was a fast chicane, very amazing, it has been gradually reduced due to its “dangerous” conformation; very high speed that could provocate accindent between two or more launched cars. Actually it can be passed at 80km/h with 1.2 g-force on car. After this a long and fast curve on right that came acrossed at the speed of about 300 km/h – 2.3 g-force. A first big slowdown is acted by Roggia variant, at 115 km/h 2.5 g-force prepare you for the appointment with Lesmo, then, if you haven’t felt the change of direction at 160 km/h 2.2g you can immeaditly repeat this experience in Lesmo 2 with 2.2g. Now you’re defenetily running on other side of the track you can keep on at great speed (about 330km/h) while your engine is taking fire, until Ascari variant then a big straight take you to the “Parabolica” with 2.8g introducing you to the main straight of the Monza circuit.