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Monza Eni circuit: trials for man and machine

22 september 2019, 12:00

Monza Eni circuit: trials for man and machine
With a history dating back to 1922, the Monza circuit is one of the oldest in the world. Its unique layout with fast bends and long straights has earned it the nickname 'The temple of speed'. Since 2017, Eni has been taking an active role as a culture guardian and the circuit is known as the Monza Eni Circuit.
The circuit north of Milan is hugely popular among racing drivers. Even Max Verstappen finds the Monza Eni Circuit very challenging. “Monza is a super-fast track. I like the high-speed sections the most. Taking the last corner properly isn't easy, but it feels pretty good once you’ve taken it."
The unique character of the course makes the Monza Eni Circuit the ultimate place to write history. Such as during the recent Monza Formula 1 Grand Prix, in which Eni acted as national sponsor for the third time. At speeds of up to 349.7 kilometres an hour, Charles Leclerc wrote history for Scuderia Ferrari. The young Monegasque gave Ferrari its first Formula 1 home victory in 11 years!
As well as the huge pulling power of the partnership between the Monza and Eni circuit, there are also shared values. "The partnership aims to support sports values, such as history, tradition, competition and loyalty, values that ENI identifies with and which we believe in," says Claudio Granata, Eni Chief Services & Stakeholder Relations Officer.
The ultra-fast nature of the track also means that the technology of the racing cars is tested to the limit. The long straights and ultra-fast bends place extreme mechanical and thermal stress on the engine and gearbox. These are conditions in which Eni likes to be encouraged to innovate and prove the quality of its engine oils.
The Italian Grand Prix in 1988 provided just such an opportunity. Eni contributed to a historic 1-2 victory as motor oil partner of Scuderia Ferrari. Two laps before the end Gerhard Berger took the lead after a long and hectic race. The towering Austrian won with an average speed of 228,528 km/h, followed half a beat later by his teammate Michele Alboreto. This was the first double win for Ferrari at Monza since 1979.

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