Schumacher Worried about Monza Safety

World Champion Michael Schumacher has expressed concerns about the safety of the Monza circuit ahead of next week's Italian Grand Prix

Schumacher Worried about Monza Safety

All Formula One teams are testing at Monza this week, the Italian track being the fastest of the calendar, with top speeds reaching over 350 km/h before the first and second chicanes.

Williams driver Mark Webber recorded a top speed of 372 km/h during this week's test, and Schumacher admitted he is concerned about the speeds coming into the Variante della Roggia chicane, where a fire marshal was killed at the Italian Grand Prix in 2000 after a big crash between several cars.

"When the car is doing 370km/h, going into the first chicane it is safe, but going into second, it is not safe," said Schumacher. "Monza is not very safe when you go into second chicane."

Schumacher, however, praised this year's regulations, saying they have helped keeping the speeds under control.

"Grands Prix this year has been slower than last year, am I correct? I think it was the biggest achievement in slowing down cars in a long time, because normally it may be slower initially but we are quicker in the end again," he added.

"So it has done what it was supposed to do, but there are limits. That is why what is happening with the engine next year."

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