The famous Autodromo hosts round 13 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship during the first weekend of September. But there’s an even more important statistic, which is that this is the 68th year since the world championship was created and Monza is now hosting its 67th race as part of it. No other circuit has been such a permanent fixture on the schedule, not even Silverstone or Monaco.
But back to the track itself. By modern standards, Monza is a bit stop-and-go: those massive top speeds are punctuated by heavy braking and chicanes. There aren’t the big elevation changes and vertiginous compressions of Spa, for example.
Set against the copy and paste nature of many current circuits though, Lesmo 1 and 2, Variante Ascari and Parabolica stand out as being truly different. At Monza, a low downforce set-up means that most forces are longitudinal: in other words, acceleration and braking; imposing massive demands on the drivers and cars. Because of that, both then and now, Monza has been known as ‘the temple of speed’. A definition that has met with universal acclaim.