“Despite its age, Monza certainly never gets any easier, and selecting gear ratios to cope with the demands of DRS through both qualifying and the race will be tricky," he acknowledged, "At Spa, the DRS ban through Eau Rouge meant that maximum velocity at the top of the hill was pretty much the same through qualifying and the race. For Monza, there are no limitations, so it will be very different, and getting it right will require a lot of thought and experimentation."
Even though there will be a few headaches to deal with, however, Whitmarsh would miss not coming to the historic autodromo
if Monza ever fell under the F1 axe.
“At the very least, going to Monza is always a very evocative and historic occasion," he concluded, "Perhaps more than any other circuit, you can really feel the sport's past here, and it's become the perfect venue to bid farewell to the European season before we head to the final flyaways.
“It's rewarding to know that, even after 61 grands prix at Monza, the circuit is as much of a challenge as ever. That's a great testament to the enduring appeal of the place, and the restlessly competitive nature of F1. I think it's very important that F1 keeps hold of the 'classics' – [a group] which also includes circuits such as Spa, Silverstone and Monaco – while also investing in new venues for the future."