McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has hailed Monza as the perfect venue to bring the curtain down on the European leg of the F1 season and insisted that the circuit is one of the 'classics' that needs to retain a place on the calendar.

Following the Italian Grand Prix, F1 heads to the likes of Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and India for the final races of the year and Whitmarsh insisted that Monza was the ideal venue to visit before heading to a raft of new circuits that have joined the calendar in recent years.

"At the very least, going to Monza is always a very evocative and historic occasion," he told the Press Association. "Perhaps more than any other circuit you can 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.

"I think it's very important Formula One keeps hold of these 'classics', which also includes circuits such as Spa, Silverstone and Monaco, while also investing in new venues for the future.

"Despite its age, Monza certainly never gets any easier, so it's rewarding to know that, even after 61 grands prix, 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 Formula One."

Extra excitement this weekend is likely to come from the new regulations in place for this season, with a double DRS zone set to increase overtaking opportunities.

"Perhaps it's a bit premature to be discussing the return of the epic 'Monza slipstreamer'," he said. "But I think the whole team is going to Italy keen to see if DRS will create the sort of exciting and unpredictable grands prix we either watched or read about when we were younger."