October 17, 2010

PGR F1 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia 2010

Round 12 | Autodromo Nazionale Monza | 11/10/2010 - 17/10/2010 |

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a race track located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy. The circuit's biggest event is the PGR Formula One Italian Grand Prix, which takes place for the first time. Built in the Royal Villa of Monza park in a woodland setting, the site has three tracks – the 768 GRm Grand Prix track, the Junior track and a high speed track with steep bankings.

Major features of the main track include the Curva di Lesmo, the Curva Parabolica, and the Variante Ascari. The high speed curve, Curva Grande, is located after a slow corner, but usually taken flat out by Grand Prix cars. Drivers are on full throttle for most of the lap due to its long straights and fast corners, and is usually the scenario in which the open-wheeled F1 cars show the raw speed they are capable of. The circuit is generally flat, but has a gradual gradient from the second Lesmos to the Variante Ascari. Due to the low aerodynamic profile needed, with its resulting low downforce, the grip is very low.

Understeer is a more serious issues than at other circuits, however, the opposite effect, oversteer, is also present in the second sector, requiring the use of a very distinctive opposite lock technique. Since both maximum power, and minimal drag is the key for speed on the straights, only competitors with enough power at their disposal are able to challenge for the top places.