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Formula One: World Record Attempt in Monza

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Formula One 2017 looks set to be a championship in which setting new lap records will become the norm. Over the past decade the FIA have put in place evolving technical regulations aimed at controlling outright vehicle performance and ensuring driver safety. As technical capabilities have developed the rationale for controlling speeds on safety grounds has diminished. The 2017 the FIA have responded to this by modifying technical regulation to give teams a freedom to chase those long held lap records. As F1 heads to towards the season opener in Melbourne in less than 3 weeks time, many predict lap time improvements of 3-4 seconds per lap. Should this be achieved every lap record held on an F1 circuit will be broken this season.

Chasing outright performance in sport is not something held exclusively to motorsport. For years professional marathon runners have been chasing the illusive sub 2 hour target. The current record was set by Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) at the Berlin Marathon in 2014. He set a time of 2:02:57. When defining targets for 2017, Nike have mapped out a project to support a challenge for athletes to not only better this time, but finally break the 2 hour record.

You may ask why would Nike to get involved in, let alone lead such a project. The answer is clear and quite logical. To be the footwear manufacturer that powered the first athlete to complete a sub 2 hour marathon would give Nike the ultimate bragging rights. Nike would become the brand of choice for those amateur runners seeking that additional edge (Like me! 3:24.55 London 2016) Competitors to Nike are of course Savvy to this, in fact there is something of akin to the space race taking place in the footwear industry at the moment as manufacturers rush to pull together there own sub 2 hour project.

However, Nike have been first to go public with their attempt. In defining the project they have identified the most suitable location for the attempt as Monza. The lack of undulation and consistent surface of the circuit is perfectly suited to the requirements of their athletes. Current weather conditions as we head into spring as perfect for such an attempt. The precise timing behind the attempt has not yet been revealed. Yesterday the team of athletes involved attempted a sub 1 hour half marathon with  Eliud Kipchoge and. Zersenay Tadese finishing with times of 59:17 & 59:41 respectively.

To keep up to date with the challenge head to Runners World through this link

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.