For the first time in 2021 the FIA World Endurance Championship will race in Italy, at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. The FIA WEC does have a brief history with the circuit, the championship holding a pre-season Prologue test at the ‘Temple of Speed’ in 2017, but since the inaugural season in 2012, the WEC hasn’t held a race there.
Monza should produce excellent racing when the WEC makes its trip in July. It’s a fast-flowing circuit, with tight, technical corners separated by the lengthy straights that the track is famous for. A six-hour race in the Italian summer sunshine should provide a fascinating post-Le Mans test for the new-for-2021 Le Mans Hypercars, as negotiating the slower GT traffic on the narrow stretches of road will be a real challenge for the drivers.
As a circuit to visit Monza is very spectator friendly. Located in the middle of a public park, it’s a very scenic venue, dripping in motorsport history. The grandstands trackside provide some spectacular views of the high-speed sections and tight chicanes, they give a real impression of the top speed of the cars out on track.
Beyond the current circuit, the old banking that formed the original layout is also accessible and well worth a look. In person the banking appears far steeper than in pictures or video footage of it being used in period. The lack of barriers and concrete marshal posts certainly make you appreciate how far the sport has come in terms of safety too…
Outside the track Monza itself is a relatively quiet city, with plenty of wonderful family-owned restaurants and bars to visit when you aren’t trackside. It also has the advantage of being close to the city if Milan, allowing visitors to make day trips via train or car within 45 minutes.
If you want to head to Italy for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s visit in 2021 then call our office on 01707 329 988 to register your interest.