AS I checked my Facebook feed earlier this morning I was greeted by an abominable sight.
The mighty Parabolica at Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix, was being castrated – I mean, having its gravel trap replaced by a tarmac run-off area.
It is a crying shame that yet another legendary corner has been tamed.
In 2007 the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain had its fearsome and high-speed double right-hander at the end of the lap converted into a clumsy chicane. Silverstone had Bridge and Priory taken away when the track was upgraded in 2011 too. The fact that the tarmac is still there at these corners is the final insult.
And I’m not even going to start on Hockenheim.
If you got the Parabolica wrong you were in for either a very bumpy and dusty ride, or your race was finished. Now you may not even lose a position.