The iconic Parabolica corner at Monza has been changed, with the gravel trap removed and a tarmac run-off area installed ahead of this season’s Italian Grand Prix.
The final challenge is the Curva Parabolica, approaching at 335 kilometres per hour (208 mph) in 7th gear, cars quickly dance around the corner, apexing in fourth gear at 215 kilometres per hour (134 mph), and exiting in 5th gear at 285 kilometres per hour (177 mph) accelerating onto the main start/finish straight.
A good exit and slipstream off a fellow driver along the main straight could produce an overtaking opportunity under heavy braking into Variante del Rettifilio; however, it is difficult to follow a leading car closely through the Parabolica as the tow will reduce down-force and cornering speed.
The modifying may be in expectation of the possible return of World Superbikes to Monza in 2015, with safety officers from the series recently meeting track officials and raising concerns about the lack of run-off areas.
This season Italian Grand Prix takes place on the weekend of 05-07 September.
F1 drivers reactions
“So the Monza Parabolica now has Tarmac run off on the outside – another great corner that will lose it’s challenge,” tweeted Karun Chandhok.
“Parabolica will never be the same corner again,” added Jerome d’Ambrosio.