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Monza signs extension through 2016

Officials at Monza have revealed a deal that should keep the Italian Grand Prix at its spiritual home until 2016.
The Italian Grand Prix will continue to be staged at the historic Monza parkland circuit for at least another six years following confirmation that officials had agreed an extension to its current Formula One contract.

Doubts had been raised over Monza's future on the F1 schedule after Bernie Ecclestone recently underlined his intention to bring a grand prix to the streets of Italian capital Rome, but the latest news suggests that any addition to the calendar would be as a second event in the same country.

That practice had largely been dropped by Ecclestone's FOM and F1's governing body, the FIA, when it became clear just how many new countries wished to stage a grand prix but, having seen two races in Germany at the height of Michael's Schumacher's F1 domination, the powers that be allowed Spain to add a second race, on the roads around Valencia's America's Cup port, to reflect the ascendancy of double world champion Fernando Alonso.

"The Italian Grand Prix will be at Monza until 2016," circuit operator SIAS chief Claudio Vigano told Reuters reporters, "The extension of the contract has been signed."

Where this leaves Rome remains to be seen, but Ecclestone appears set on adding the city to the schedule, possibly from 2013 [see story here]. He revealed in January that an agreement had been signed to stage the race, having previously inked an interim agreement with organiser Maurizio Flammini. The proposed race continues to face protests from environmental and other groups.




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Ayjay

March 19, 2010 8:00 AM
Last Edited 1617 days ago

You are right CDF, it would be a sad day. These ultra modern circuits just don't do it for me and I think F1 is going nowhere with them. Maybe they are appealing to the younger fans, I dont know, but for me they are just bland and dead un-interesting. Example Bahrain and Spa ???????? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Calvin _

March 19, 2010 10:28 AM

Of the more recent circuits, I think only Shanghai and Sepang are any good, all the others, Sakhir, Valencia and Singapore, have little appeal. The Sakhir track is just a track in the desert. There were no seating facilities anywhere on the track apart from the start finish straight. FA pumping his fists and waving on the slow down lap was funnay as the only people there were the marshals. Absolutely no atmosphere.



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