Formula 1

Monza's Parabolica joins list of ruined F1 corners

The new tarmac run-off could end the Parabolica as we know it (©GettyImages)
The new tarmac run-off could end the Parabolica as we know it (©GettyImages).

F1 fans have been left furious after the first pictures emerged of a new tarmac run-off area at Monza's fabled Parabolica.

The long sweeping right hander that completes a lap of the sport's fastest venue has long been considered the biggest challenge on the high-speed circuit because of the premium on accuracy.

However, for this year the gravel trap, that made the corner the challenge it was, has been replaced with tarmac as the sport's unrelenting quest for safety claims another historic victim.

Reasons

The reasons for the change are quite straightforward, the current Formula 1 cars will be approaching the Parabolica at around 210mph, in recent years, at a marginally slower speed, drivers who have had braking problems going into this corner have been unable to slow down due to the ineffective gravel trap and have hit the wall relatively hard.

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Because of the original banked oval, there is no room to expand the gravel area on the outside of the corner and so the decision, said to have been made months ago, to install the same tarmac run-off seen at almost all racetracks nowadays was a no-brainer.

Future of Monza

The timing of this controversial change comes as the future of Monza in Formula 1 is seemingly hanging in the balance.

Earlier this summer F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone suggested he would not renew the Milan circuit's contract beyond its current period which expires in 2016.

This also caused an uproar among fans as Monza has hosted the most Grands Prix having only been omitted once since 1950.

Not alone

After today's confirmation of the new tarmac run-off around the Parabolica, taking away much of its challenge and character, lets look at other great corners that have been altered over time and prove why the Parabolica is far from alone.

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