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The Italian Grand Prix Still Uses A 1990s Ferrari Course Car

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If you're like me, when you watched yesterday's thrilling F1 race, your first thought was "holy crap, Monza still uses a Ferrari 348 as a course car?"

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Yes indeed, the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza has been using the same old Ferrari course car for the past few decades. Despite F1's high-tech image, if you keep a keen eye you can spot some of the sport's more down-to-earth moments in the form of obsolete course cars.

Top Gear scribe Sniff Petrol also thought this was rather silly, and tried (with difficulty) to imagine a more absurd course car the Italian Grand Prix could keep around.

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My personal favorite old course car (that actually exists) is probably the old Tatra 613s that so famously broke Taki Inoue's leg at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but Monza having a car that predates the original NSX is pretty fantastic.

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The car was actually a gift from Gerhard Berger for saving his life. . .

This was discussed on Ferrarichat a few years ago -

"It is owned by CEA (the famous Cea lions), the italian private safety team operating on italian circuits especially during the F1 GP. This car was a gift of Gerhard Berger to that team, as thanks for the intervention that saved him his life during the Imola GP of 1989."