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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