ITALIAN GRAND PRIX, MONZA: Sunday 4th September 2016
It is widely anticipated that the Italian Grand Prix will be dropped from the Formula 1 calendar for the 2017 season. Therefore we offer you the opportunity to attend what may well prove to be the last ever Grand Prix at the stunning Monza circuit. You will depart from Heathrow T5 with 3 hours access to the Aspire Executive Lounge.
Friday 2nd September 2016 – Depart Heathrow T5 1025hrs, arrive Milan 1325hrs
Monday 5th September 2016 – Depart Milan 1550hrs, arrive Heathrow T5 1655hrs
|FULL PLATINUM PACKAGE CONTENT|
|£1150 – per person based on 2 people sharing throughout
£1295 – 3 Night Package with Ascari Grandstand reserved seat
£1895 – 3 Night Package with full hospitality (pit lane view) & Grandstand seat
The oldest circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar, Monza can trace its history back to 1922, when it hosted the Italian Grand Prix for the first time. The original circuit layout stretched to over 10km and included a 5.5km road section broadly similar to today’s layout plus a 4.5km loop, which was redeveloped into a high-speed banked oval in the 1950s. Monza was one of four current Formula 1 circuits which formed part of the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship in 1950 and since then, has only been absent once (in 1980, when the Italian Grand Prix was held at Imola). This year will mark the 65th edition of the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza.
The 10km layout of the circuit including the banked oval was used for four races in the late 1950s before the organisers reverted to the shorter layout over safety concerns following several fatal accidents. Further circuit alterations have taken place over the years to reduce speeds at Monza , including the addition of the Variante del Rettifilo and Variante Ascari chicanes.
Set in the grounds of the largest city park in Europe, Monza has a special home in the hearts of F1 fans, not least the fanatical local ‘tifosi’, most of whom support Ferrari. The circuit has grandstand capacity for just over 50 000 fans and can accommodate well over 100 000 fans including general admission areas.
The current five-year deal to run the Italian Grand Prix at Monza ends in 2016 and there is no guarantee it will be extended, if recent comments by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone are anything to go by, “I don’t think we’ll do another contract, the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. After 2016, bye bye…” Millions of F1 fans in Italy and around the world will be hoping that a solution can be found to keep F1’s most historic circuit on the calendar beyond 2016.