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Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Motor sports and high speeds
The Italy Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the hardest and fastest races of the season, racing through straight sections and legendary turns like Seconda di Lesmo or Parabolica, before the finish line. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is an institution for lovers of motor sports.
Built in only 110 days, the Autodromo di Monza was officially opened on 24 August 1922. A few days before, Pietro Bordino and Felice Nazzaro ran the track for the first time with a Fiat 570. The maximum speed limit? 180/190 km/h. It was already a success.
Just like what happens now, when, during the second Sunday of September, the track opens its gates for the Italian Grand Prix, one of the most exciting races in Formula 1, and one of the hardest and fastest of the season. Statistics: 305 km raced in approximately one hour and twenty minutes, in front of over 200 thousand spectators.
In the Temple of Speed in Monza, some world records in the history of Formula 1 have been made: in the 2018 qualification round, Kimi Räikkönen ran the circuit in 1 minute, 19 seconds and 119 milliseconds, with an average speed of 263.5 km/h.
The average speed record during an official race belongs to Micheal Schumacher, with an average speed of 247.6 km/h recorded during the Italian GP in 2003. While the race record belongs to Rubens Barrichello who in 2004, stopped the clock at 1:21.046.
5,793 km long overall, the Monza Eni Circuit has 4 straight segments and 8 legendary curves: the Prima Variante, the Curva Biassono, the Seconda Variante, the two Curve di Lesmo, the Curva del Serraglio, the Variante Ascari and lastly, the Curva Parabolica, a long curve with a growing radius in which, having passed the narrowest part, is when the cars begin accelerating towards the finish line, reaching it at very high speeds.
In addition to the Italy GP, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the first 5G track in Europe, is also host to races such as the 1000 Km Le Mans Series, Grand Touring Cars, the Superbike World Championship and the Monza Rally Show.
Racing isn’t the only thing that happens at the Monza racetrack: at the Monza Eni Circuit, visitors can also book a track tour with car, a Vip Tour, a bike excursion from the Autodromo to the Parco di Monza or take a road education class with their children.