Named after Michele Alboreto, the Parabolic curve of the Monza National Circuit

The parabolic curve of Monza bears the name of Michele Alboreto, a champion among the Italian drivers of the last decades. It is one of the most iconic sections of the track, which contributes to making it one of the fastest in the world.

The Parabolic curve of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza will be named after Michele Alboreto . The decision was made by Angelo Sticchi Damiani , President of the Automobile Club of Italy - after having obtained a unanimous favorable opinion from the Sports Council - and will be made official on Saturday 11 September , during the weekend of the Formula 1 Heineken Grand Prix of Italy. .

The last corner of the Temple of Speed will therefore take the name of “Curva Alboreto”, exactly twenty years after the death of the Milanese driver, which took place in 2001 during some test tests at the Lausitzring.

There naming ceremony of the curve at Alboreto will take place on Saturday 11 September - day of the Formula 1 Sprint Qualifying - in the presence of his wife Nadia and family, the President of ACI Angelo Sticchi Damiani, the President and CEO of F1 Stefano Domenicali, and the President of Autodromo Nazionale Monza Giuseppe Redaelli.

The history of the Monza racetrack

The Parabolic curve of the Monza circuit

The curve that precedes the finish straight of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the most iconic in motorsport and has contributed to making the circuit one of the fastest in the world .

The Parabolic Curve was built in 1955 , taking the place of two hairpin bends paved with porphyry cubes and joined by a short straight line. It took its name from the design and the trajectory it described: a rising arc line, similar to a parabolic arc.

After passing the narrowest entrance that follows the straight opposite to the starting one, the drivers can go through the final part of the curve in full acceleration , sliding outwards and taking the straight to the finish line at full speed.

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Michele Alboreto, champion of the Italian pilots

Michele Alboreto can be defined as one of the greatest Italian pilots of the last decades. Born on 23 December 1956, he began his sports career in 1976, in the Formula Monza championship. In the Eighties he made his debut in Formula 1 and - after an experience in Tyrrell - moved to Ferrari, with which he became World Vice-champion in 1985. In his career he won five F1 Grand Prix but also competed in other championships including DTM , Formula Indy and World Endurance , of which he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 . He died on April 25, 2001, at the age of 44, following an accident at the Lausitz racetrack, during some preparation tests for the endurance classic. Alboreto had been appointed Vice President of the CSAI and today the ACI Sport Federal School bears his name. (A.D)

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Autodromo Nazionale Monza launches its first NFT and inaugurates a token marketplace for fans

Autodromo Nazionale Monza is the first circuit in the world to market NFT (non-fungible-token), digital certificates of authenticity regulated with blockchain technology. This was announced today by the General Manager Alessandra Zinno on the occasion of the inauguration of the Rimini 2021 Meeting , where the Temple of Speed is present with an exhibition space until 25 August.

The NFTs of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza at the Rimini Meeting

Autodromo Nazionale Monza has chosen Stargraph as a technical partner for its entry into the world of non-fungible-tokens, an innovative Italian startup operating in the collectibles and blockchain market since 2017, which will make its marketplace available to the Circuit for buying and selling of digital content.

For the launch of the initiative, all fans will be honored with the first NFT of the Circuit : a faithful reproduction of the trophy that is given to the winners of the races of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. There cup digital card , made by Milanese creative designer Miranda Biondi, is the first digital work of the Temple of Speed available on the market and will be sent to all fans who register on the marketplace between 10 and 12 September , the weekend in which the race will take place the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix 2021 .

NFTs can be defined as tools that certify the ownership of a digital asset and that the object (or experience) to which they are associated has their own peculiarity and individuality. Tokens are managed through blockchain technology with a mechanism similar to that used for the exchange of cryptocurrencies. The control system is maintained by thousands of computer terminals which, like a sort of ledger, keep track of all the transactions and changes in ownership of the NFT, without the possibility of falsification.

During the Rimini Meeting , in the space dedicated to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in the south hall, it will be possible to see the original cup and the first NFT of the circuit entitled “1st Official Monza Circuit NFT”. The staff present will help the public sign up for the Stargraph marketplace to be able to redeem the digital token for free in September.

Innovation and inclusiveness

The production of NFT of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza will not be limited in the future to the creation of digital cards but will also extend to the digitization and sale of physical experiences that users can then enjoy directly within the circuit. For example, participation in an event in the Temple of Speed can be digitized and made unique, providing fans with the opportunity to purchase an exclusive digital memory of the activity, which will remain in their crypto wallet. The goal is, among others, to reward the fan through their passion and enrich their digital portfolio.

Alessandra Zinno , General Manager of Autodromo Nazionale Monza: «We are happy to have entered a world that is new to us but with great potential, in which the greatest sports players are already present. Having finished first compared to all the other racetracks is a source of pride for us. We are working in the right direction, with an eye to the future and sustainability, involving, through the concept of inclusiveness, all those who love motorsport and beyond. The NFT project represents a starting point, this so courageous, to develop other innovative activities that demonstrate how much our company loves to dare and always look beyond ».

Michele Imbimbo , CEO and founder of Stargraph: "The creation and distribution of non-fungible (NFT) and fungible tokens is starting to increasingly penetrate the sports and entertainment industry in general, creating new interesting business opportunities, but above all , new possibilities for involvement and interaction with fans . We are extremely happy to be alongside the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in this exciting new initiative, convinced that this is an important first step towards the full realization of our vision that allows fans to monetize their passion through NFTs and the blockchain " . (dc / fm)

The Monza National Circuit present at the Rimini Meeting

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will be present at the annual Rimini Meeting, with an exhibition space dedicated to the theme of courage on and off the track. The event will be an opportunity to present an exclusive technological novelty and to talk about the role of engines in the future of the earth.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will be present at the Rimini Meeting , the well-known trade fair and congress event that is organized every year at the Rimini Fair . At the forty-second edition entitled "The courage to say I", a quote taken from a text by the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, which takes place from 20 to 25 August , the Temple of Speed will present its vision of "courage" with a space shared with Automobile Club d'Italia in the south hall.

ACI wanted to bring the Monza National Circuit to the stage of the Meeting for friendship among peoples as one of its symbols, both to testify the importance and historical value of the circuit, both for the innovative vision and the management of the plant is building for the future of the plant.

A double aspect of “courage” will be highlighted in the circuit stand. The first refers to the value that the drivers give each time they race on the Monza track while the second refers to the audacity of organizing appointments and activities not only related to motorsport in the circuit, expanding the functionality of the system and the possibilities. entertainment for the public. The area dedicated to the Monza Autodrome is structured in three distinct areas , within a larger ACI project. Visitors are welcomed by the circuit staff in a personalized corner where possible ask for information on the activities of the racetrack . Behind the desk, there is an area with some big screens and an exhibition case that will be used to show the public an innovative product that will be unveiled tomorrow afternoon, Friday 20 August. Finally, a lounge area with seats and sofas will be set up.

The stand will give the overall vision of what “courage” means for the Temple of Speed, including both visions and linking them together. A photo of the Monza Elevated Roads will cover a wall, representing the so-called “wall of courage” where the pilots of the past defied speed and gravity. The official hashtag of the presence of the racetrack at the Rimini Meeting is #ilnostrocoraggio as it will appear on a large panel covering a partition of the exhibition space.

Alessandra Zinno , General Manager of the Monza National Circuit, will be present at the Rimini Meeting and will give her testimony as the first female director of a racetrack in Italy during the conference "From the land of engines to the future of the earth" to be held on Saturday 21 August at 7 pm in the Generali Room B4 . Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Andrea Pontremoli, CEO of Dallara and Emmanuele Forlani, Director of the Meeting Foundation for friendship among peoples will also participate in the conference.

The fair will be inaugurated tomorrow with the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and live on Sky TG24. All the meetings of the Rimini Meeting will be streamed on the website where it is also possible to find the complete program and instructions for public entry. (dc / fm)

Tickets for the Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix 2021 are on sale

Tickets for the 2021 Formula 1 Heineken Grand Prix of Italy are on sale, scheduled at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza from 10 to 12 September. Spectators must have a Green Pass to access the circuit.

Ticket sales for the 2021 Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix, which will take place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on 12 September 2021, begin today. The circuit, during the race weekend (from 10 to 12 September), can accommodate a number of fans reduced by 50% compared to the past and only spectators equipped with European green pass , respecting all the regulations in force relating to Covid-19, including those concerning the rules of distancing , as specified by the decree that we were all waiting for. The event, which marks a partial return to normality for all motorsport fans, after more than a year of activity behind closed doors, takes place exactly one hundred years after the first Italian Grand Prix of 1921 in Montichiari (Brescia ).

Access to the Monza Autodrome and anti Covid-19 rules

Therefore, only those in possession of the green pass will be able to enter the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, as established by the decree-law issued by the Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the President Mario Draghi and the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. The "passport" will allow the Autodrome to welcome the public for all three days of the weekend, with a number of tickets on sale that will be less than 50 percent of the maximum available capacity. The audience will consist of people vaccinated, cured of Covid-19 or in possession of a negative molecular or antigen test result . Fans can be Italian or come from all countries from which travel to Italy is authorized according to the directives of the Ministry of the Interior.

For holders of the so-called EU digital COVID certificate , seats on a selection of stands and grandstands of the circuit for a single day will be offered for sale online. It will also be possible to book a " weekend ticket " which will allow the spectator to access the circuit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a promotional price. In the event that subsequent government measures authorize a greater number of presences on the circuit, the seats assigned at the time of purchase could be modified as a result of a reduction in the distance.

How to buy tickets for the Italian Grand Prix

Tickets can be purchased on the official website of the circuit and from the authorized Ticketone dealer . It will not be possible to buy access to the gates of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza but only in advance through the indicated channels. To access the event it will be necessary to complete a check-in procedure similar to that adopted for air flights which will allow tracking of spectators for the protection of their health.

The definition of the ticket prices for the Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix 2021 takes into account the reduction in seat capacity imposed by current legislation and the debut of the new Sprint Qualifications on Saturday 11 September from 16:30 to 17 . The new format, which will decide the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix, includes a fast and spectacular race of around 100 km with all the cars on the track . The activity will be preceded by an hour of free practice on Saturday morning at 12 . On Friday , on the other hand, the first free practice sessions of one hour are scheduled from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm and the qualifying sessions from 6 pm to 7 pm, which decide the starting grid of the Sprint Qualification for the following day. On Sunday, the standard race program will remain unchanged with the start of the race at 3pm.

During the weekend, all entertainment activities for the public will also be guaranteed thanks to the activities of the Fan Zone and for the spectators in the stands it will be possible to follow all the track sessions and the live connections of the F1 TV correspondents through the giant screens installed throughout the circuit, so as not to miss even a minute of the action and the behind the scenes of the event. An offer therefore enriched this year for fans both from a sporting point of view and for the possible activities to participate in within the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

In the event that the event is declared behind closed doors or it is necessary to reduce the number of seats available due to the change in the legislation linked to the epidemiological situation, the excess tickets already purchased will be reimbursed for the full value of the face price, according to an order of priority based on the purchase date.

Good first for the Motorist's Day

The report of the first edition of the Motorist's Festival, hosted at the Monza racetrack. During the event, the Bruno Brida Monza Prize was awarded to Dario Lucchese, Autosprint journalist.

A success with the public for the first edition of the Motorist Festival which took place on 25 July 2021 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza . On the occasion of the patron saint of San Cristoforo motorists, the Monza circuit opened its doors to all four-wheel enthusiasts for a day of track day . The members of the Automobile Clubs of Milan, Brescia, Varese and private individuals were able to race on the track with their cars in shifts of 25 minutes.

At 12.30, preceded by the wooden statue of San Cristoforo, the agricultural vehicles of Coldiretti , the service cars of the Police , Civil Protection and the Italian Red Cross , the cars of the public and the motorbikes of the Moto Club Monza . All the vehicles present received the blessing of the Archbishop of Milan Mons. Mario Delpini who greeted, on his arrival, the Alpini of Varese, the volunteers of the Monelli della Motta association and of the Caritas Ambrosiana, engaged in the preparation of the lunch baskets for the present public and whose proceeds, after deduction of out-of-pocket costs, were entirely devolved to the latter pastoral organization for charitable and welfare initiatives.

The assignment of the Bruno Brida Monza Prize

In the afternoon, Dario Lucchese received the Bruno Brida Monza Prize in the “Tazio Nuvolari” press room for his journalistic activity for Autosprint during the ACI Racing Weekend . The award, purely of honor, is dedicated to the memory of the Paddock Director Bruno Brida, who died prematurely in 2019. Giuseppe Redaelli and Alessandra Zinno, respectively President and General Manager of Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Umberta Testa and Luca Brida, wife and son of Bruno Brida, took part in the handover ceremony, conducted by the Communications Coordinator of the Autodrome Davide Casati, and in connection Franco Carmignani of Paddock and Carlo Leoni of Stellantis.

Lucchese was honored with two grandstand tickets for the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix on 12 September and with a Peugeot or Citroen car on trial for one month . Upon delivery of a celebratory parchment, designed by Carlo Baffi, the jury's motivation was read: «It would seem an almost predictable outcome given Dario's ownership of this“ non-F1 ”range of activities in the weekly magazine directed by Andrea Cordovani. In reality, Lucchese always puts that little bit extra into it and it is not easy in the tight times as they are crowded with races like those of Monza, which we want to further enhance ».

Giuseppe Redaelli, President of Autodromo Nazionale Monza, said: "I am very proud, together with the General Manager Alessandra Zinno, to have accompanied the birth of the Prize and that it will be delivered at the Autodrome because I believe it is right that an institution from Monza supports the 'initiative. Although I have not met the Director Bruno Brida in person, I feel I admire him and I hope that his work can represent a model for the young journalists to come. I am very pleased that the prize was awarded to Dario Lucchese because his articles on the Italian championships embody what we would like motoring to be ».

The first WEC race in Italy is the 6 Hours of Monza

Autodromo Nazionale Monza will host the 6 Hours of Monza, the first race in Italy of the World Endurance Championship, the FIA world endurance championship. The event is scheduled for Sunday 18 July. All the info on the program and tickets.

An absolute first in the Autodromo Nazionale Monza calendar that will give the audience present in the stands and spectators from all over the world connected from home a unique show. The 6 Hours of Monza of the Fia World Endurance Championship will take place on Sunday 18 July, the third round of the World Endurance Championship of the season. The WEC makes its debut in Italy with a race in the Temple of Speed, after the official Prologue tests hosted in 2017 by the Monza circuit.

Thirty-seven cars and one hundred and six drivers , of which fourteen are Italian, will take part in next weekend's appointment, which anticipates the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August . It is the first event of the international series and of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to which the public is admitted, after the closed-door races of 2020 and the beginning of the year. Spectators present on Sunday, seated in a grandstand and appropriately spaced, will then be able to admire in person five Hypercars (prototypes that replaced the LMP1s), twelve LMP2s, four LMGTE Pro and sixteen LMGTE Ams. On Friday and Saturday the circuit will be closed to the public.

Categories and cars in the race

Among the Hypercars there are three teams ready to battle: Toyota Gazoo Racing, Alpine Elf Matmut and Glickenhaus Racing. Toyota lined up two GR010 - Hybrids on the grid and led the world championship in Monza both in the drivers 'standings - with Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley - and in the constructors' standings. The only Alpine in the race, an A480 - Gibson, in the first two rounds of the WEC has accumulated a gap of 22 points. Glickenhaus Racing adds a prototype to the 007 LMH already present in previous races, thus deploying two cars in the Temple of Speed.

In LMP2 , whose grid consists of eleven Oreca 07 - Gibson and a Ligier JSP217 - Gibson, it is an open fight at the top between two teams: Jota and United Autosports USA. The crew made up of Anthony Davidson, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Roberto Gonzales has only 7 points ahead of Phil Hanson who leads the American prototype with Fabio Scherer and Filipe Albuquerque to Monza.

Similar situation in the LMGTE Pro , category with four cars competing: two Ferrari 488 GTE EVO and two Porsche 911 RSR - 19. At the moment, the top of the standings is held by Alessandro Pier Guidi, already winner at Monza last week in the LMGTE class of the ELMS, and James Calado of the AF Corse Team, who present themselves in the Temple of Speed with an advantage of 6 points on Kevin Estre and Neel Jani of the Porsche GT Team. The German team also fielded champion Gianmaria Bruni in its second car.

Finally, an Italian team leads the LMGTE Am category . This is Cetilar Racing , with three home drivers - Antonio Fuoco, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Roberto Lacorte - driving a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO. Still in the same car from Maranello, in second position, we find AF Corse with Giancarlo Fisichella, Francesco Castellacci and the Swiss Thomas Flohr. Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera will also take to the race in the Porsche 911 RSR - 19 of Team Project 1, driven together with Egidio Perfetti, the trio Claudio Schiavoni, Andrea Piccini and Matteo Cressoni in the Ferrari 488 GTE of Iron Lynx and Alessio Rovera (AF Racing).

The Cavallino, in addition to the ranking, dominates the entry list of the 6 Hours of Monza with ten Ferrari 488 GTE EVO among the LMGTEs. There will be seven Porsche 911 RSR - 19s and three Aston Martin Vantage AMRs. However, another brand will attract the attention of enthusiasts and professionals. This is Peugeot Sport which will preview the prototype of its 9x8 Le Mans Hypercar at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza with which it will return to endurance races from the 2022 season.

The program of the 6 Hours of Monza

The weekend program includes three free practice sessions . The first 90-minute session will be tomorrow at 3:30 pm, followed by a second session at 9:30 am on Saturday, again lasting an hour and a half. The shortest of 60 minutes will be at 2pm on Saturday. In the afternoon of the same day the starting grid is also decided, with two qualifying sessions of 10 minutes at 6 pm for LMGTE (Pro and Am) at 6.20 pm for Hypercar and LMP2. The 6-hour race starts on Sunday at noon.

Spectators who have already bought or will buy a Sunday ticket online will sit spaced out on the right side grandstand of the starting straight. There will also be a refreshment area with street food at their disposal. Fans who will stay at home will be able to follow the event live on television and streaming through the channels indicated on the website Friday and Saturday the circuit will remain behind closed doors for spectators.

The complete calendar of the events of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

The weekend of the European Le Mans Series at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

The ELMS makes a stop in Monza with the 4 Hours of Monza, followed by three supporting series. The event is scheduled for the weekend from 9 to 11 July. All information about the program.

The European Le Mans Series returns to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the 4 Hours of Monza . On the weekend of 9-11 July, the European series brings the series to the Temple of Speed cars in three categories - LMP2, LMP3 and LMGTE - for a four-hour Sunday endurance that promises to be action-packed thanks to 44 members of 31 different teams and ai 127 drivers from 32 different nations taking part in the competition. Together with the ELMS, the Michelin Le Mans Cup, Ligier European Series and Porsche Carrera Cup France series take to the track over the weekend for a total of six races over the three days.

The ELMS drivers, in the fourth round of the season, start their activity with two free practice sessions , one tomorrow afternoon and the other on Saturday morning. The starting grid is instead decided with three distinct 10-minute qualifying sessions , one for each of the three categories. The nine LMGTEs take to the track on Saturday at 1.25pm, while the sixteen LMP3 prototypes and the nineteen LMP2s take to the track at 1.45pm and 2.15pm respectively. Sunday is race day, with the 4-hour Monza race starting at 11 and closing the weekend program.

Among the LMP2 is the fight for the top between the Oreca 07 of Robert Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Yifei Ye (WRT team) and the G-Drive Racing team formed by Franco Colapinto, Mikkel Jensen and Roman Rusinov on Aurus 01. After the first three races, the two teams are only 3 points behind in the general classification (60 to 57) and the race in the Temple of Speed could act as a watershed for the title fight. Much less uncertainty in the category LMP3 , in which Matthew Bell, Nicolas Maulini and Niklas Kruetten of the Cool Racing team on Ligier JS P320 have a 27 point advantage over the first rivals, namely Laurents Horr and Mathieu de Barbuat of DKR Engineering, driving a Duqueine M30 - D08. Two Ferrari F488 GTE Evo contenders for the top spot in the LMGTE classification, with the Italian Iron Lynx crew of Matteo Cressoni, Miguel Molina and Rino Mastronardi who have 14 points of margin over David Perel, Duncan Cameron and Matthew Griffin of the Spirit of team. Race.

Italy will be well represented in endurance with sixteen riders . Among the LMP2s, in a grid that has not been seen so crowded since 2018, will bring the tricolor Francesco Dracone and Sergio Campana of the BHK Motorsport team (the German Markus Pommer completes the crew). Two Italian teams run in the LMP3: Eurointernational and 1 Aim Villorba Corse. Andrea Dromedari, Jacopo Baratto and Joey Alders alternate at the wheel of the Ligier JS P320 of the first team. Villorba instead lined up Alessandro Bressan, Damiano Fioravanti and Andreas Laskaratos. Complete the five Italian drivers for this category Mattia Pasini (Inter Europol Competition).

The GTEs gather the largest local representation. In addition to the aforementioned Iron Lynx Ferrari # 80 crew, the Emilian team takes Claudio Schiavoni, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Paolo Ruberti in the 488 GTE Evo # 60 and Manuela Gostner, together with Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting, in the # 83 car to Monza. Finally, among the Italians also Andrea Fontana (JMW Motorsport), Alessio Rovera (AF Corse) and Gianmaria Bruni (Proton Competition) race.

The first support series to take to the track at the weekend is the Ligier European Series , a single-make championship now in its second season after its debut in 2020. There are two races scheduled , both on Saturday (60 minutes + 1 lap). The first starts at 10.35 and the second at 14.35.

Two 40-minute competitions are also scheduled for the Porsche Carrera Cup France , the one-make series of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Race-1 takes place at 16.00 on Saturday, race-2 on Sunday at 9.45. The last series in the race is the Michelin Le Mans Cup , with 33 GT3 and LMP3 drivers competing on the curbs of the Temple of Speed for the third round of the season. The 2 hour race of the championship is at 5pm on Saturday.

All weekend events are behind closed doors, but fans have the opportunity to follow them on live television and live streaming. The information is available on the official website of the circuit