Drivers fear Monza chicane chaos

Formula 1 drivers fear that Monza's modified first chicane could cause first lap chaos at next week's Italian Grand Prix

Drivers fear Monza chicane chaos

The Rettifilio chicane has been considerably tightened from its previous configuration, but is now bordered by asphalt, not gravel, making it easy to cut. After trying the chicane for the first time at this week's four-day F1 test, several drivers have expressed concerns that with the increased funneling effect and the prospect of cars straightlining, a first corner shunt is inevitable.

Jordan's Jarno Trulli believes that the chicane will not be a problem when the field spreads, but said: "There's a 100% chance of an accident at the start."

His views were echoed by several other drivers. Arrows' Pedro de la Rosa added: "There's going to be carnage at the start - I just hope I'm not part of it."

McLaren's David Coulthard said: "It's difficult to see the braking points to the corner and so many people are cutting the chicane because of that. I don't know what it's going to be like for the start [of the race]."

As well as its safety implications, the chicane has also drawn flak from some drivers for the lack of challenge it presents. Eddie Irvine said: "It's definitely slower, it's not challenging anymore, so I don't like it much."

But Ferrari's Michael Schumacher defended the modifications: "They have done a good job on it. We don't have to worry about breaking suspension anymore."

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