The ceremony was held to name the corner that leads to the arrival straight after the former Milanese Ferrari driver. “Michele has always had a special relationship with Monza”
With the strength of patience, and kindness, the goal was achieved. The big day is today: from this morning one of the most famous and symbolic curves in the entire history of Formula 1 changes its name: the Parabolica of Monza becomes the Michele Alboreto curve. A tribute due to one of the strongest Italian drivers since Ascari and Farina, the last capable of winning a grand prix sitting in a Ferrari. A long-awaited recognition, and came after a patient sensitization action by Mrs. Nadia, Alboreto’s wife who in all these years has continued to launch that suggestion with grace, without tones of vindication, but without ever giving up.
“And now we are very happy – he says – because after a long time something we wanted so much has come true”. She had asked for it again last April, on the twentieth anniversary of the tragic accident that took her, and took Michele away from us. That crash at the Lausitzring during testing with the Audi ahead of Le Mans. “We would really like it to be dedicated to Michele at a curve in Monza”, said Ms. Nadia in an interview with Gazzetta. But it was just another reminder, “already ten years earlier there had been a collection of signatures that had exceeded 25,000. I did not know what to think: I imagine that there are many subjects involved and that perhaps the decisions must be shared, with their own pre-established process, but ultimately it also seemed trivial to me. That cost no one anything “. Equally everything has always continued to be silent. Until a week ago, when the family received the communication with the invitation for this morning’s ceremony.
But so much waiting has paid off. “Yes – confirms Nadia Astorri Alboreto – because in the end they didn’t dedicate a normal curve to him, they gave his name to the symbolic curve of Monza”. An elevated bend built in 1955 that has become a legend, synonymous with courage and speed. “Michele had a special relationship with Monza. Especially after he ran as a Ferrari driver with all that crowd, with the fans who were looking for him, they called him from all over. It was his home run ”. And now, even more will be at home forever in Monza. The ACI, by decision of its president, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, unanimously ratified by the Sports Council, has inscribed his name along the path of the National Autodrome. A right decision, which cost nothing and which holds enormous meanings. Above all that of handing down a memory forever. There are now even mature adults who haven’t seen him run. All of them, and especially the younger ones, will be intrigued from today and in the future, they will want to know more about Michele Alboreto. The driver who gave the Monza Parabolica its name.
September 11, 2021 (change September 11, 2021 | 12:27)
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