Since Hockenheim lost its long straights through the forest, the Formula One calendar features just one true high-speed circuit: the "Autodromo Nazionale di Monza". Willy Rampf explains the schedule for the set-up work in the free practice sessions.
When Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica go out on Friday at 10:00hrs CEST (09:00hrs BST), to contest the first free practice session at Monza, the goal is clearly defined. "The challenge for the drivers and engineers is finding a mechanical set-up which guarantees good braking stability and allows for aggressive driving over the curbs," says Willy Rampf, the BMW Sauber F1 Team's Technical Director. "To successfully do so is absolutely essential for achieving good lap times. We were totally satisfied with our recent test in Monza and we'll be heading to Italy in an optimistic mood." In late August, the two BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers covered a total mileage of about 1300 kilometres while testing on the historic circuit located in Monza's Royal Park.
Rampf explains what will be crucial in the Italian GP. "Because of the four long straights, you have to develop a special low-downforce aero package which enables high speeds on account of its low drag, and is only used in this one race," he reveals. Consequently, the top speeds achieved at Monza often exceed 350kph. A challenge Rampf is looking forward to: "Monza is pure tradition and the only high-speed track left on the calendar," he concludes.Source BMW Sauber