Outrage as Monza's Parabolica run-off asphalted

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Outrage as Monza's Parabolica run-off asphalted
By: GMM
Aug 8, 2014, 7:34 AM

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok agreed, saying the Parabolica is now "another great corner that will lose its challenge".

Monza atmosphere
Circuit preparations at the Parabolica
Michael Schumacher after his spin at the Parabolica
The Parabolica
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren leads Felipe Massa, Ferrari at the start of the race
The grandstand approaching the Parabolica

F1's summer break has not stopped a cry of outrage at news the iconic Parabolica corner at historic Monza has been altered ahead of next month's Italian Grand Prix.

The Italian magazine Autosprint published a photo depicting works to asphalt the famous gravel trap at the exit of the high-speed curve.

A strip of gravel just next to the track has been left intact, presumably to be completed as a low-grip area like artificial grass.

Why the hell do they take away the challenge in F1?

Biaca Garloff

But the move is highly controversial, given that Parabolica was among the few remaining high-speed corners on the F1 calendar where a mistake is penalised heavily.

"Why the hell do they take away the challenge in F1?" the German correspondent for Sport Bild, Bianca Garloff, wrote on Twitter.

"This time it's Monza making its Parabolica easier."

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok agreed, saying the Parabolica is now "another great corner that will lose its challenge".

Change is...not good

"Parabolica will never be the same corner again," added former F1 driver Jerome d'Ambrosio.

Autosprint correspondent Roberto Chinchero claims the modifications were carried out in the name of safety at the behest of the governing FIA.

But he acknowledged that only the first section of gravel has been paved over, even though "a small mistake will no longer result in a dangerous incident".

Italy's Tuttosport, meanwhile, said the change could be in anticipation of Monza's return to the world superbike series for 2015, following meetings in which safety concerns about the lack of escape zones were raised.

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Author GMM
Article type Breaking news