October 15, 2008
The above is how it runs now... but once upon a time, Monza was even faster. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to the REAL Monza!
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. It's the familiar Monza track mixed with a high-banked oval. If you've seen the movie Grand Prix (and if you haven't, why not???), the climatic scene where Ferrari driver Jean-Pierre Sarti crashes is at the bridge marked above. In fact, here's what the bridge looks like now:
The MegaMonza was a full six miles long, and it's hard to imagine brakes being used very much during a lap, just at the Curva di Lesmo (what is now Turn 7). Actually, I suspect that a F1 car couldn't handle MegaMonza these days... they're just not designed for the sort of banking found there. Like this:
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 16, 2008 12:45 AM (+rSRq)
The bridge is still there, but it's not part of the track anymore.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 16, 2008 06:57 AM (AW3EJ)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 16, 2008 10:55 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at October 16, 2008 02:44 PM (khRGN)
It used to be. The reprofiling of the circuit moved the straightaway between Turns 7 and 8 to a space created when the left side of the oval was demolished, in part to create more space for the pit area, team paddock, and spectator seating. They left the bridge in place because it's famous... it'd be like paving over the yard of bricks at Indianapolis.
All that's left of the Oval these days is the bridge and most of the right side's turn.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 16, 2008 04:23 PM (AW3EJ)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 16, 2008 06:23 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 16, 2008 11:15 PM (AW3EJ)
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