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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Monza firms up new Italian GP deal, Imola still pushing for return

Monza will definitely host the Italian Grand Prix 'for the next few years', while Imola has been identified as a potential German GP replacement.
The Italian Grand Prix will definitely remain at Monza for 'the next few years' after organisers finally agreed its contract with Formula 1 and Bernie Ecclestone, while Imola has emerged as a candidate to potentially replace Germany.

The iconic event around the historic high-speed venue was threatened with the axe right up to this year's race as its erstwhile contract came to an end, but a new contract was agreed in principle during that weekend in September.

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This has now been formally ratified, revealed by Monza itself on Twitter

Translation: Signed the renewal of the contract for #ItalianGP to #Monza @ PresidenteACI. Commitments maintained. Italian GP remains at Monza for the next few years"




Meanwhile, Imola is rumoured to be pushing for a return to the schedule next year, potentially in place of Germany. Imola – which hosted the San Marino Grand Prix between 1981 and 2006 – emerged as a candidate to replace Monza for Italian GP hosting duties if a new deal couldn't be agreed.

However, with Germany set to be axed when the 2017 F1 schedule is revealed later this week, paddock chatter in Abu Dhabi suggested Imola – which has been upgraded since F1 last visited but retains the same circuit layout - is said to have expressed an interest in assuming its mid-summer calendar slot.

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