Setting the scene for Monza

Setting the scene for Monza

With this year's title battle all but over, attentions were already turning to 2012 as the Formula 1 contenders gathered at the ever-evocative Monza. Edd Straw reviews the Thursday talking points

It's a cliche, but there's no other way to describe it: Monza oozes history. Saturday will be the 89th anniversary of its first Italian Grand Prix, won by Fiat driver Pietro Bordino. Little wonder that as you wend your way through the roads of Monza's Royal Park to the paddock, every concrete tunnel and each ageing tree stands as a shrine to nine decades of racing at arguably Europe's most atmospheric circuit.

The ever-enthusiastic home fans heard the call of the past, with greater numbers turning up on Thursday than appear to for the average Turkish Grand Prix race day. With no on-track action to watch, they too honoured the ghosts of Monza. And one in particular.

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