Australian GP winner Eddie Irvine, and Ferrari team-mate Luca Badoer, tested a revolutionary tarmac surface - designed to reduce spray and improve visibility in wet conditions - at Monza this week.


A part of the historic circuit's main straight was resurfaced and then artificially flooded for the test, which left Irvine impressed with the development. The Irishman reported that visibility and grip were both "perfect" after running many laps over the new tarmac section, and it is now likely that the entire circuit will be resurfaced in time for September's Italian GP.


The new surface works by absorbing moisture into its sponge-like structure, allowing quicker dispersal than conventional tarmac. The idea is jointly-shared by the FIA and Italian fuel company Agip, and could lead to every circuit on the F1 calendar being resurfaced in time.