Lotus drivers back Parabolica changes
1 September 2014 – Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have backed the decision to replace the gravel trap on the outside of Monza's famous Parabolica with a tarmac run-off area for this year's Italian Grand Prix.
Governing body the FIA has made the changes in the interests of safety and, although the decision led to criticism from fans when the first photographs emerged, Grosjean and Maldonado both feel it is a wise call.
"Parabolica is a very challenging and quick corner so from a safety point of view it is a good thing to have some more margin for the drivers," said Grosjean, when asked for his views on the controversial modifications.
"I remember sometimes in the past coming in to the corner and knowing that to brake even a little bit too late you could be straight in the gravel and then straight to the wall at high speed. I think that now what you will see is the drivers finding the limits sooner, as we know there will not be the big gravel and crash penalty like previously."
Maldonado, meanwhile, says he expects the right-hander to remain the most important corner on the circuit.
"I don't think it will make too much difference really," he said. "The approach will be the same which is to take it as quickly and efficiently as possible. There is the obvious safety element which means that you have less risk if you go off. This is good from a safety point of view as it is a quick corner with not that much room on the outside."