Trackside at Monza – 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Get the most out of Monza at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix on September 10-12. Advice on entrance, trackside activities and things to see and do.


This guide will be fully updated for 2021 when the event schedule is available, normally around 1 month before race weekend. In the meantime, most of the information below remains relevant. All images F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2014 & 2018 Italian Grand Prix.

The Monza circuit  is located within the 4th largest city park in Europe, measuring 688 hectares. Unless you are being whisked by private car to the Paddock Club, you’ll cover a lot of ground on foot over the weekend; the distances from the shuttle drop-off points to the entrance gates are long, and you’ll also have to walk to your seat inside the circuit. The experience for fans at Monza is a little disorganized and chaotic, but that’s the Italian way and it’s part of the historic circuit’s charm.

Going General Admission? Bring along a fold-up chair and/or a picnic blanked to make your day a little more comfortable. Binoculars are a good idea, particularly if you are a long way from the big TV screen and want to stay up to date with lap charts and leaderboards. The weather is generally hot and sunny at Monza in the late Italian summer, and most grandstands are uncovered, so don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen and to wear light, comfortable clothing.

Monza Access & Orientation

Read the Getting There & Around section of our guide for detailed information on how to get to Monza, including parking at the track. Monza is open from 07:00-20:30 (subject to change for security reasons) from Friday to Sunday on 2019 Italian Grand Prix weekend. Once you have arrived, seven gates (Ingresso A-G) provide access for fans to the circuit (click here to download the 2019 Monza map):

  • Gates A, G & F: on the eastern side of the circuit, closest to Parabolica. This is also the area where the shuttle buses drop fans off.
  • Gates B & C: on the south side of the circuit, closest to the stands on the pit straight and the opening Variante del Rettifilo.
  • Gate D: on the northwest corner of the circuit, close to the Lesmo corners and the Biassono train station. Not the greatest entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands, as you’ll have a very long walk.
  • Gate E: on the north part of the circuit, this is the best entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands on the Ascari chicane.

What can you bring into the circuit?

Please note: no luggage storage services are available at Monza. All objects that will be considered not suitable for entry to the circuit will be destroyed and will not be returned to the owners. Click here for more information.

  • Not Allowed: blunt or dangerous objects, drugs, harmful and inflammable substance, poisons; fireworks, smoke bombs, rockets, laser pointers, stadium horns; spray cans (deodorant, mosquito repellent, etc.); bags or backpacks larger than 15 litres; luggage and trolley; Cans, metal and glass bottles; Plastic bottles larger than 500 ml; stiff flasks; alcoholic drinks; power banks; rigid rods; beach umbrellas; musical instruments; drones and control aircrafts; tents, sleeping bags; bikes, scooters, skateboards;
  • Allowed: plastic bottles of 500 ml without cap; camel-bags of 500 ml; plastic baby bottle for children; umbrellas for rain; tripods, unipods for cameras and selfie sticks; photo cameras and lens; flexible plastic rods for flags; laptop or other electronic devices (tablet, e-reader, …) – at the entrance, the control staff will ask to switch on the device and show how it works; pocket lighters; electronic cigarettes; chairs and stools; strollers; wheelchairs; dogs with muzzle and leash (we do not recommend access with pets due to the high noise); mosquito repellent products in cream or soft plastic containers with original packaging

Italian Grand Prix Schedule

The 2021 Italian Grand Prix schedule has not been released. For information purposes, the 2019 schedule is printed below.


  • 09:35-10:20: Formula 3 practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
  • 13:00-13:45: Formula 2 practice
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:50-18:20: Formula 3 qualifying
  • 18:45-19:30: Porsche Supercup practice


  • 10:30-11:15: Formula 1 3 first race
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 free practice 3
  • 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:50 Formula 2 first race


  • 09:30-10:15: Formula 3 second race
  • 10:50-11:40: Formula 2 second race
  • 12:05-12:40: Porsche Supercup race
  • 13:30-14:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 14:57-14:59: Air Display – Frecce Tricolore TBC
  • 15:10-17:10: Italian Grand Prix
  • 17:10 (approx): Podium Ceremony

Monza Facilities

Monza is a historic track and hasn’t received the investment it probably needs for upkeep. This means that the facilities are a little tired, but the picturesque park surroundings go a long way to making up for this. The toilets are mainly of the portable variety, but they are kept fairly clean and queues are infrequent, except at peak times on race day. There’s also a fan village behind the pit straight grandstands with live music, displays and merchandise on sale, check out the pictures below.

The Old Banked Circuit at Monza

You can’t visit Monza without checking out the historic banked circuit which still surrounds the current circuit. Access is supposed to be off-limits, but this is Italy and there are plenty of spots where you can sneak through the fence and take a look. The best time to do this is earlier in the weekend before the crowds descend and there is more security (e.g. on Thursday, when the fan’s pitlane walk is on). A good place to enter is on the section at the eastern end of the circuit, close to the Parabolica.

Food & Drink at Monza

If you are on a budget, visit a shop before you head to the circuit to stock up on food and drink, but remember you cannot bring any glass, cans or alcohol. Being Italy, the food and drink on offer at Monza is better than at other circuits, but still overpriced. There are food and drink stalls located all around the circuit and prices vary. If you want to save a few Euros, there are also cheaper food and drink stalls just outside the circuit and passouts are available (near the Vedano gate, closest to Parabolica, for example).

Been to Monza? Share your trackside tips below!

83 thoughts on “Trackside at Monza – 2021 Italian Grand Prix”

  1. Hi, great site! Appreciate the work that is done :)
    I am heading to Monza in 2017 and bought tickets for Ascari 12. On your website i read that the best entrance is E

    >Gate E: on the north part of the circuit, this is the best entry point if you are sitting in any of the grandstands on the Ascari chicane.<

    On the website of Monza or any of the maps i see that i need to get entrance A? What is the best entrance for Ascari 12, any tips for a good parking spot?

    Kr R

  2. Hiya

    I have main grandstand tickets for Monza, I’d love to be able to have paddock and pits access, any ideas of how I can get passes/tickets for this ?

    many thanks


    1. Hi Andrea, I don’t believe there is such an ‘add on’ for paddock/pits access. Normally this is sold together with tickets and used to be only Paddock Club, which is very expensive. This year, there is also the F1 Experiences offer which is cheaper than Paddock Club, but still expensive.

  3. Hi we are going to Monza and getting the train from Como then hopefully the free shuttle bus to the track. Are there big queues to get into the track, we have GA tickets? Trying to decide when to leave Como as don’t want to miss the earlier races. Also, when would you advise getting a spot and staying there so we get a good view of the actual race? I take it the good spots are taken early but we would like to walk around too? Thinking of watching from Ascari. Any advice appreciated. Cheers, Debbie

    1. We had hoped to go to monza but recent quarantine in northern italy means this visit is now uncertain

        1. Hello László, you had better read the post again! It’s stated above: “You can park inside the circuit on Thursday only (€10 for cars, €5 for motorbikes); enter via gates A, B and F (via Vedano, Santa Maria delle Selve and Golf club).”

    1. We’ve booked General admission for the three days – kids under 12 go free. I am wondering therefore if kids can go free with parents who have 3 day General admission tickets on the Thursday for the pit walk and driver autograph signing?

      1. I don’t think you will have any issues taking your kids to the pitlane walk on Thursday. Just don’t forget to bring your own General Admission tickets along.

  4. Late decision to go to the circuit and travelling all the way from Namibia in Africa. Any recomendations for the best online ticketing sales services and considering the costs of these tickets where would the best seats be for the cheaper type of tickets.

    1. Hi Allvan, you’ve made a great choice. Monza is awesome! We recommend buying from Gootickets, our partner. You will also be supporting the development of our site! As it is getting closer to the race, I suggest you pick up your tickets at the track, it will be cheaper too. If you are on a budget, go for General Admission at 100 EUR for 3 days.

  5. Denise Barbour

    We have 3 days tickets and will be going to the pit walk on Thursday. We are intending to have a hire car just to get to and from Malpensa to our apartment in the centre of Milan (close to main railway station) BUT we were thinking of driving out to the circuit on the Thursday for the pit walk. Would there be parking close by and available on the Thursday. We wouldn’t consider driving for the race weekend, a cold beer is a must for race weekends!!! Also we have main straight bleacher tickets 27D for the weekend. Would we be better getting the train to Monza station on Sunday rather than the other train available?


    1. Hi Denise, driving to the circuit on Thursday for the pitlane walk is a good idea. Here’s the 2017 info from the Monza website: “Only for Thursday, the 3-days ticket holders can park inside the circuit (10 euro for a car, 5 euro for a motorbike). The entrances open are A, B and F (via Vedano, Santa Maria delle Selve and Golf club).” I agree with taking public transport on the other days. For the main straight bleachers, you are best taking the train to Monza station, followed by the Black shuttle bus. We’ve just updated the Getting There and Around section for 2017, more info there! Enjoy the weekend.

  6. Hi, we have 3-day tickets for Monza at prima varianti but we have limited mobility due to cardiac issues, is there a disabled courtesy bus/buggy and can it be booked. Can a taxi drop us at Ingresso C? Great site BTW.

    1. Hi Ian, I’m not sure about any internal courtesy bus or buggy for disabled fans. I suggest you contact the circuit (please let us know their response). Yes, a taxi should be able to drop you off at Gate C. Thanks for the compliment!

          1. Hi, for anyone that may need the info, I found this on another F1 related site (grand prix events):
            “DISABLED PEOPLE
            The entrance to the circuit is always free of charge for persons with disabilities and certified disability at 100%, all carers must pay full price for their own ticket. From Vedano gate it is possible to enter by car (with the disabled badge) to a reserved parking. Stand n.25 is reserved to wheelchair users (it can host up to 120 wheelchair) and equipped bathrooms are just behind it. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FULL PRICES AND INFORMATION “

  7. Hi

    I bought tix for GA on bookf1.com, but the tix for the Monza Gp have not yet been received by the company. Did anyone else receive their tix?


    1. Hi Aaron, we don’t co-operate with BookF1, so I can’t help you out. But they are a reputable tickets company, I am sure they will do everything in their power to get the tickets to you in time. Worst case scenario, you will be able to collect at the track I guess.

  8. Hi, great site, we have tickets for the weekend and seats in Grandstand 24, Vedano. is english commentary broadcast on a radio frequency i can pick up with my scanner please? Thanks, Bob

  9. We had thre day tix at prima variante. As a long time motor racing person, I have been to many circuits.
    Monza is a DISGRACE – the toilet facilities are out of date and appalling, the management of the crowds and people skills are amateur at best, the place is run down and needs F1 to make them sort it out. It is trading and taking the p**s out of fans because of its history. Apart from one other circuit, it gets first prize providing the customers with less than they deserve.

  10. Dear Editor, after 2017 Monza your write up needs completely redone. Not sure if Monza Circuit or new F1 regime but having just been there here’s a few things you may want to consider:

    1. You can no longer enter the circuit with any plastic bottles or tins. All tins of beer, coke etc confiscated and thrown away, you can keep the plastic water bottles but the caps are confiscated. We usually ice our water in the freezer and allow to melt in the heat, nope that’s ‘too heavy’ and again confiscated.

    On this point, seen an absolutely disgusting situation Sunday morning where two British McLaren fans who’d purchased official Alonso Water Bottles the day before then had them confiscated by security, despite buying them in the circuit.

    2. Pricing is way off – the above is of course for a reason. Beer prices were 8 Euros for a 0.4 Heineken. Water at 3 Euros. Food, unknown as I’d never eat whatever it is they’re serving there.

    3. Entering Stands – average queuing for stand entry was 40 mins due to baggage checks confiscating as much as they could. Put the security on the perimeter and once in then no need again ….. surely. I came through security with my 1.5 Litre bottle of water for the 30 deg heat TWICE, then on trying to enter stand 8A, sorry bottle too large for Sunday, only 1 Litre allowed maximum, and yes, confiscated.

    4. Despite all these checks however, usual Italians in your seats and the stand with no tickets, happens every time, stair well in our stand full, and one elderly gentleman couldn’t get down the stairs, no one would move for him. No water, but these people can get in for free.

    5. Toilets – disgraceful, no water, no toilet paper, no cleaning.

    I could keep going on and I expect more than Ian and myself will be taking to review sites after this weekend. I bumped into many brits who will not be back.

    This was my 5th time to Monza with my friend, we go to circuits every year and pay a lot of money for the privledge, and we WILL NOT BE BACK at Monza.

    Racing great, atmosphere great – but just ruined by the above. I’d love to know if this is a Monza thing or is every race going to this no plastics, no tins policy on entry. Love to read from anyone who knows.

    Almost certainly back to Budapest for us next year, how an F1 circuit should be run.

    1. I went in 2019.
      Absolute disgrace. Was allowed in Thur/Fri/Sat with 2ltr bottle. Turned up with it Sunday and got it taken off me. This meant I had to waste €3 buying one more bottle of 500ml water or dehydrate. Food and drink is extortionate. €8 for 400ml of beer. Can’t take your own alcohol in. Seems like they are just trying to rip everyone off – sponsored by Heineken of course. Staff are not very helpful. If you don’t speak Italian, they dont’t want to know what you have to say. I was allowed in Friday with my powerbank, had it taken off me on Saturday. It cost me £20. I told them I needed it for my journey home and a kind girl saved mine out of the hundreds they throw away until i collected it in the way out in the evening. If you are in the stand on the outside of turn 1, you will have to have your bags checked a 2nd time as it is it’s own enclosure, absolutely daft. Not many signs to tell you where to go. Paths are terrible or non-existant. Imagine how bad it gets in the rain with mud! I had to buy new trainers on Monday. Not sure why you’re not allowed bottle caps or powerbanks if anyone else knows please let me know. I simply had my bottle cap in my pocket and put it on after going through security.

  11. I can confirm some of the above.
    My and my friend went to Monza for our first F1 race ever.

    What I have to say is that the security check was the most improper one I have ever seen. They did not check anything apart from the plastic lids on our bottles. The next day we just put them into our pockets beforehand.
    We both had a backpack which they did not check at all. We could have brought all sorts of things.

    The food is quite expensive indeed, but given the occasion the price cannot be argued with. A panini costs EUR 7.

    The toilets are a joke, already before the race they were out of everything.

    What I can confirm though is the inconsistency of the exits/ entries and staff behaviour. Italians are treated very differently. And the Golf Course entry is not an entry at all.
    On neither of the 3 days we were there we could use it, although it was mentioned as an entry on the ticket. One time the guy said “exit only” (when we tried to actually exit from the inside they said “no exit”) and one time we had to use a different entry for our stand although we used another one before.

    As it was our first experience we cannot compare at all, but it did not feel great.

    Train and bus service were great though.

  12. This was our first experience of Monza F1 and special Xmas present we spent a year planning. We will not be going back.
    We had seats in the Ascari stand, 3 days but I spent my Sunday telling Italians to get out of my seat or my space, people then stood at the edges and this seemed to be OK, why is this allowed? security on the stands is required.

    Security, where to begin!!!
    Friday picnic bag allowed, tops taken off water bottles
    Saturday – everything allowed through
    Sunday – over an hour of queueing to have our picnic bags taken off us with our lunch & water. Yet inside we see people with step ladders, flares and booze in glass bottles.

    I will not succumb to paying 2-3 EUR for a bottle of water and I will not be penalised for taking my own lunch.

    Transportation to the event great, I have to agree with the above if you are Italian anything goes but other nationalities I am afraid very strict rules apply.

    The whole (expensive) experience was sadly incredibly disappointing

  13. First off thanks to F1Destinations, the service you guys offer is excellent, thank you.

    My partner and I have just returned from our first Monza Grand Prix, would we go back? – I’m not sure. The atmosphere and just being at Monza is amazing, its steeped in motor racing history and that for the motor racing purist should not be compromised by the points below.

    Poorly trained stewards.

    Monza, please invest in educating your event stewards or you risk killing the magic that is Monza. What annoyed us the most was the inconsistency of the stewards, this might be down to their lack of training as they are almost certainly employed by event agency organisations.

    Your previous commentators have it spot on with the poor attitude of the stewards. They adopt an almost robotic stance on what is allowed and what is not. There is a board that illustrates what is not allowed into the grounds which everyone tries to adhere to but then they seem to add their own exclusion criteria at will with no justification or qualification of why these additional items are not allowed. You simply cannot reason with them.

    Example, the stewards remove all your bottle tops from water bottles on the grounds of safety, no bottle tops but plenty of Italians letting off flares inside the ground, Safety it appears isn’t compromised by flares, don’t get me wrong I don’t have a problem with flares as it adds to the fabulous atmosphere that is Monza.

    Another example, our wheeled picnic bag is confiscated on the Sunday because it had an Aluminium retractable handle, even though we took it in on the Friday and Saturday with no problem. Then you see people with Aluminium step ladders and 20-foot aluminium flag poles, these apparently are not safety concerns either. Everything, it seems is justified on the grounds of safety, even being forced to walk through a quagmire of mud that included wheelchair users, pushchairs and children when there is a parallel tarmac surface right next to the mud bath.

    Other things to be aware of:

    Use public transport to get to the circuit, it is excellent but do be prepared to wait a very long wait as you queue at the confiscation points, I would recommend leaving a minimum of 2-3 hours once you arrive at the circuit to then get to your seat. Any less and you risk missing the race,

    Once past the confiscation points, you are required to check both in and out of the stand, if you leave the stand after the race you will not have time to get back in time for the next race due to queues,

    Pickpockets – We witnessed a Fagin style pick pocket gang in operation, at least three wallets handed over to the ring leader and no one in authority seemed to care.

  14. Would just like to concur with much of the above. Just back – was my third Italian GP in a row – and the stewarding was a total mess this year.

    Taking a few beers (cans, not bottles) had always been allowed – until this year. That said, on both Saturday and Sunday I simply walked past the steward doing the searching without being challenged. However my friend got stopped on Sunday and was relieved of a 500ml bottle of water and sun cream. Fortunately I was carrying the beer.

    Meanwhile throughout the circuit there were poles and chairs and flares and everything else. In fact at one point I met a family cooking pasta on a camping gas stove. Sun cream dangerous, compressed propane ok?!!

    I wondered if it was just the stewarding where I entered (Biasono-lesmo, which is the best train route to avoid the shuttle bus)? The queues were also bad this year, but my impression was that this was made worse by the rain on Saturday which was slowing down ticket scanning. Certainly on Sunday the queues moved faster where I was.

    I love Monza, but am questioning whether I’ll go again now. I can make allowances for the rain making it a bit difficult given it is so unusual, but the expectation that you’ll sit it the open air blazing sunshine for 5/6 hours with no sun protection and get held to ransom for a €3 bottle of water or an €8 Heineken is not on.

  15. Andrew, keep up the great work – f1destinations is an awesome resource. Just purchased tickets for 2018 event in grandstand 26c (laterale destra). Travelling from Australia. 26c seems like a great spot to be close to podium celebrations (for when Daniel Ricciardo wins ;-)) and pit action.

    Do you have any tips or advice for seating in 26c?

    Some of the previous comments are a bit alarming – I hope these things are ironed out for the 2018 event. Going to Monza is a bucket list item for me!

    I purchased tickets via gootickets. Is it possible to request where in the grandstand we will actually be seated (eg towards the front, the middle or at the back)?

    Thanks in advance!


    1. Hi Tim, thanks for your comments. I need to go back to Monza again this year I think:) Don’t worry too much about the organization. Just go with the flow and enjoy Italy! For 26C, I’d request a seat higher up so you can take photos over the catch fencing. Go Daniel!

  16. Hi,

    I’ve purchased an official entrance for Monza 2018. But the invoice I got said that “Ticket to be collected at the event”.

    If I’m planning to stop at Biassono-Lesmo station, do you know where do I have to collect th ticket?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Chris, I’m not sure where you bought the ticket from. They should be able to tell you where you can collect the ticket at the track. Probably it will be near the Main Entrance, which is a long way from the Biassono-Lesmo station – at the other end of the circuit. If you are only coming on Sunday and need to pick up your ticket from near the Main Gate, I would take the train to the main Monza station.

  17. Hii I was wondering if you knew of any restaurants that I can watch the race from? Or some sort of club where I can pay more for drinks/food but be in air conditioning? Does anything like that exist?

  18. Hi, anyone know if there’s an English radio broadcast (and freq)? We have ear muffs that have normal FM radios in them, we used them at the Melb GP with great success.

    1. Hi. Did you find an english frequency for the monza f1? Going in sept 19 and would like to find out if we can listen in English.

  19. Aidan Phillips

    Hi, in terms of cameras and equipment, what is allowed in with a general admission ticket?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Check the list of prohibited items here. In general for F1 events, you should be fine with camera lens smaller than 400mm. Anything larger and you risk not being allowed in with it.

  20. I will be coming from Biassono-Lesmo station, I have general admission on,y – will I be able to get to the inside viewing areas of the track.

  21. Annabelle Chan

    Hi, can you please remind me where is the best place to get autographs and selfie with drivers? Not at the autograph session during pitwalk but when they enter and leave the track?

  22. Pit lane tour was very badly organised . The area around Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull was narrower than the rest should there was a ridiculous bottleneck as everyone wanted to be there, and they threw us out at the end before Lewis made an appearance.

  23. Debbie Ferguson

    I am going to Monza next week! Honestly can’t wait first time at f1 race and I’m buzzing. Any tips for where’s best to sit for GA? Want to view a big screen and have good track view. TIA

    1. I like the inside of Parabolica, but there are lots of good spots to check out. Take a walk around the circuit on Friday and Saturday to see what you like, then get there early on Sunday to reserve your spot!

  24. Do you think we will be able to get a camel bag in? And how strict are they on the oddly sized 15L maximum back pack rule?

  25. Hi Andrew, thanks for having this site and sharing your knowledge. I have read a lot of your content for Milano and Monza in this site, and many of the other readers comments.

    I would like to ask some questions and hopefully receive some answers, as it’s my first F1 race visiting.

    1. Do you know if any identification such as a driver license or a passport is required for entry?

    2. We were thinking about taking the metro from central Milano to “Sesto 1° Maggio FS”, from there we take the bus z221 for easiest access to Ingresso B for our tickets in stand 4A. Is that suggested route crowded and inconvenient than the free options provided during the race day?

    3. Do you believe the grandstand 4A being full by the Sundays F2 race? We would like to still have great seats throughout the whole day, even if we would leave our chosen seats from the F1 race and go to the fan zone during the Porsche Cup.

    4. Is the security as bad as it’s mentioned in the comments, can it really take 20-40 minutes to return back the stand if you went to the fan zone and toilets?

    5. Are we allowed to bring soft drinks, beer or water purchased from the fan zone to the grandstand, as long as it doesn’t have a cap and is reasonably sized?

    1. I will answer myself for other people wondering.

      1. Simply the ticket is fine.
      2. It was fine on Friday, quite bad on Saturday and impossible on Sunday. We took a “private” taxi from the bus stand on friday to the track for the sum of 60 euros, divided on 6 people (3 with me and my friends, and 3 working with the logistics for Sky Productions). On the way back we had an offer of 80 euros which we declined for 3 people, we found another one a couple of hundreds of meters southwards for more reasonable 50 euros.
      3. It was not, but it was quite popular still.
      4. It was not that bad, it took at most 2-3 minutes to pass.
      5. There was no issues with caps. The main security control to enter the establishment might have been problematic with food items in bags and such.

      Make sure you buy those sit cushions for the grand stands to sit more comfortable, I sat in #4 and it was concrete or metal benches. They costed 8 euros outside the track from those inofficial shops.

    1. You still need a ticket (at least General Admission) to get into the circuit on Friday, but once you are inside it is “free seating” in all the grandstands, apart from the Centrale Grandstand.

  26. The worst F1 venue I’ve ever had the displeasure to visit. After the best part of 100yrs of running it, the lack of organisation beggars belief! Muddy footpaths areas flooded, extremely over priced food and drink and the queuing for well everything was a complete disaster. I talked to people in the city of Milan who had tickets for the 3 days but didn’t return after the first!
    I also talked to stewards and they said the authorities just don’t care unbelievable!
    The FIA should really look into this shambles as they make millions out of race fans.

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