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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