Since its creation in 1922 the Monza Eni Circuit, has changed a lot over the years. The current format retains only a few elements of the original. Learn more about the circuit in these pages.
Lenght: 5793 metres Width: min 10 m. – max 12 m.
Location (latitude e longitude): 45°37’06” N 9°16’54” E
Driving direction: Clockwise
In order to increase the selection in the race, in 1972 a chicane was built at the junior variant, to reduce the speed of entry into the next curve Biassono. In 1976, it becomes a variant consisting of two curves on the left and two on the right, in order to further lower the speed. An additional change was recorded in 2000, when it is redesigned with a sharp right turn, which breaks down the finish straight, and then links up to the next bend.
First Variant (or variant of the straight), a narrow 90-degree right turn, followed by an equally narrow bend on the left. From the pit straight you reach more than 370 km/h and with a long brake, you decelerate to 70/80 km/h to face this “s-shape” turn.
Historic notes September 10, 1978 At the narrow passage before the 1st variant, there is a dramatic pileup involving several cars. Vittorio Brambilla and Ronnie Peterson have the worst of it and the latter loses his life in hospital for air embolism.
September 2, 1988 The triumphal march of Ayrton Senna ends in the run off area , after a contact with the lapped Jean Louis Schlesser.
September 12, 1999 The leader Mika Hakkinen stops his escape ending in a spin. Disappointed with the mistake, the Finnish indulges in tears, immortalized by the media.
Originally, in 1922, it was called Curva Grande, for the large radius and its length. Then in 1927 it was renamed Curva Biassono due to its proximity with the homonymous country.
It is a long right turn from the very large radius (300 meters). You get there in full acceleration from the first chicane and it takes a good dose of courage to drive it at full speed.
Historical notes September 10, 1995 Gerhard Berger ends ko because the camera cut out from the Ferrari of his mate Jean Alesi. Win faded for the Austrian and much fear.
At the beginning it was known as the “Curva della Roggia”, because of a small stream that rose nearby. To reduce the higher and higher average speeds, in 1976, it changed its design, transforming it into variant. It is located at the bottom of a long straight too (over 1 km with full throttle including also the Biassono Curve) on which you touch 335 km/h. With another long brake you decelerated at 110-120 km/h to face a left-right S, as amended in 2000, less strict, however, than the first variant.
Historical notes September 10, 1995 Sparks between Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. The fight between the two ends in the sand after the collision by the Englishman. Out from his Benetton, Schumacher rushes against his rival, but Is stopped by a track steward.
September 10, 2000 In a bad accident on lap 1, several cars are involved, whose pieces fly everywhere. One of these will be fatal for a volunteer of CEA, fire exstinguisher, who was on the track.
FIRST LESMO CURVE
Surrounded by forest, it was originally the curve of the Oak, then from the chronicles of ’27, we learn that it changed in the Curvetta di Lesmo, given the short length and the location near the village. Just 200 meters from the Second Variant you arrive at speeds not too high, it is a right hand bend with a radius of 75 meters which covers about 180 km/h.
Historical notes September 8, 1968 Chris Amon comes into collision with the Honda of John Surtees because of a patch of oil. The Ferrari flies over the barriers and lands in the woods, luckily unhurt.
September 13, 2009 Bitter race for Lewis Hamilton, after the first day of the pole. In an attempt to recover the 2nd place, the English pushed the pace in the final 53 laps of 52 °, loses control of his McLaren-Mercedes, crashing into the barriers at the exit of curve 1. No physical consequence, but a lot of disappointment for the outgoing World Champion.
SECOND LESMO CURVE
Located between the thick vegetation, in ’22 it was known as the Curve of the 100 meters, because of the distance separating the point of entry from the exit. In 1927, it becomes the curve of the Wood of Deers, the park was in fact populated by a varied fauna. Later definitely it took its present name. In the past it was one of the “mythical” points of the circuit: one came under hard acceleration and entered the curve at almost 300 km/h, only the best drivers were able to drive it “in full speed”. With the changes of 1994-95 it has been slowed down, now it has only 35 meters in radius and one drives it at about 160 km/h.
Historical notes September 10, 1978 During the formation lap of the second start Jody Scheckter lost control of his Wolf and crashes into the barriers. An incident that will cause a further delay, for the repair of the guardrail. The start will be given at 18.15, with a consequent reduction at 40 laps, due to shortfall of light.
The name derives from the nearby presence of the Serraglio. It was the hunting lodge of the King, where also animals were held. It’s a very slight bend to the left with a radius extremely large (over 600 meters). The next straight crosses, with an underpass, the North side of the banking.
Historical notes September 13, 1981 Fear for John Watson, who lost control, destroys his McLaren against the barriers. Big flame, car split in two , but pilot unharmed.
Originally it was called Curva del Platano or Vialone because it passed over the big entranceway to the Autodrome. From 1955, it changed its name and is dedicated to Alberto Ascari. The reason goes back to May 26 of that year. While it takes a few turns with a Ferrari sports, the Milanese champion lost his life because he went off the road at that point. To slow down the high speeds, in 1972 was made at the point of entry a chicane that two years later was further modified in amplitude and in the stretch out, thus assuming the final name of variant.
Historical notes May 26, 1955 During a test session ahead of the Thousand Kilometers of Monza, Alberto Ascari drives the Ferrari Sport of Eugenio Castellotti. Unfortunately it will be a tragic fatal off-track in the proximity of the curve that then will be dedicated to him.
September 11, 1993 Protagonists: the two Ferraris in lap. Accomplice: a misunderstanding with his companion Jean Alesi. Gerhard Berger flies off the track under braking for the Ascari chicane, slamming against the wall of tires to 327 km/h. Fear, but fortunately the pilot was uninjured.
September 10, 1995 After signing the pole position, the young David Coulthard ruin everithing in the warm-up lap. At the Ascari chicane, he go off in the sand, but thanks to a red flag exposed due to an accident on the 1st lap, he restarts at the 2nd start. He still end up in the sand on the 13th lap, raising the white flag.
September 8, 2007 During the 3rd round of free practice on Saturday morning, Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his F2007 and ends disastrously against the tire wall at the entrance of the Variante Ascari. The noise is terrible, but fortunately the Finn comes just a little ‘bruised.
In the year of construction of the circuit, there is no trace of a specific name, just about Curvetta (Small cruve). In 1927 we began calling it Curvette. Actually there were two curves characterized by a radius of 60 meters and a width of 90°, joined by a short straight. And because of the peculiarity consisting in the floor made up of lots of porphyry cubes, it became famous as the Curve of Porphyry. Reconstructed in 1955, when the track returns to its original setting, it is named Parabolic Curve, for its drawing describing the trajectory. In the straight that leads to this curve drivers can touched 330 km / h, then they slow down to enter the curve at about 180 km / h. The curve is very long and with a gradually increasing radius: after passing the narrowest part you can walk the final stretch under hard acceleration, running outwards and onto the finish straight with a speed already very high.
Historical notes September 13, 1953 Last round, Alberto Ascari leads ahead of Fangio and Farina . But the so-called “curve of porphyry” then called Parabolica, the leader ends in a spin, thanks to the presence of two doubles. The accident so eliminates the Ferrari of Ascari and Farina lose positions, giving the green light to Fangio for his first victory at Monza.
September 6, 1970 During Saturday’s qualifying, the Lotus of Jochen Rindt goes out track at the Parabolica, due to a mechanical failure. One fatal crash for the Austrian driver, just graduated World Champion whom will be assigned the title posthumously.
September 9, 1990 At the end of lap 1, Derek Warwick’s Lotus, slams against the guard-rail at the exti of Parabolica. The car hood and ends its mad rush reversed. Fear vanishes when English comes out unhurt from the wreckage and immediately rushes to the pits to get the car reserve. In fact, he stands for the second departure, after passing the medical checks.
Starting Straight starts from the end of the Parabolic curve until the beginning of First Variant, and it’s 1194.40 meters long.
Historical Notes September 10, 1928 While taking over a Bugatti, Emilio Materassi get out of the track, causing deaths and injuries among spectators.
September 5, 1971 5 cars in one second, they play to win the final sprint. Gethin wins on B.R.M.
September 12, 1993 A few meters from the finish, the Minardi of Christian Fittipaldi takes off after hitting the companion Martini. He completed a few loops and landed on 4 wheels, with no consequences.