Formula One: Monza set for radical overhaul

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The Autodromo Nazionale Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix is set for a radical overahaul, which pending final approval will be completed by March 2017.

Dromo, Italian circuit design house are leading project which will see the average speed around circuit dubbed the ‘temple of speed’ increase substantially. In what will be the 9th iteration of the circuit layout,  Dromo have submitted plans to remove the current first  corner chicane replacing it with a full throttle turn one. This change has been proposed in part to address safety concerns around the high number of incidents which have occured across many racing categories throughout the history of the current layout of the circuit.   In removing the first corner chicane, the start finish straight will extend to 1400 metres in length, making it the longest straight on the F1 calendar. Simulations suggest F1 machinery can expect to exceed 350KMPH around the modified circuit.

Already the fastest Grand Prix on the F1 calender, race simulations on the new circuit suggest a significant reduction in overall lap time and as a consequence a further reduction in overall race time. An F1 race is limited by length rather than time,  race distance is capped at 305KM.

Turns two and three will see a significant elevation change of 2.5 metres, which will result in a challenging blind entry to the corner. Further changes to the circuit will include resurfacing and additional re-profiling of corners as well as modifications to run off areas.

Speaking to JWGP, Jarno Zaffelli  head of circuit design and the Dromo company itself, confirmed that the proposed modifications to the circuit have been made with both FIA and FIM (motorcycles) requirements in mind. Dromo have been awarded the contract to redevelop the circuit, have gained provisional approval of the changes from the FIA and FOM and have submitted the redevelopment to local government for approval. Once local approval is granted, Dromo along with circuit owners will return to the FIA and FOM for final design approval.

Pending this approval, work will commence in November 2016 and is scheduled to take 6 months. Redevelopment of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is not directly linked to ongoing negotiations to extend Formula One hosting rights for the Italian Grand Prix beyond the current contract which expires at following the 2016 running of the event.

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