Charlie Whiting has defended the controversial asphalting of Monza's iconic Parabolica corner.
During the recent summer break, a cry of outrage spread around the world when it emerged some of the famous gravel trap at the Italian grand prix venue's high-speed final bend had been covered with tarmac.
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok said at the time that it was "another great corner that will lose its challenge".
But the FIA's Charlie Whiting has now defended the move, saying only 35 per cent of the gravel has been replaced, and that it had been done with the consultation of the drivers on safety grounds.
Indeed, two active F1 drivers have this week applauded the move.
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