Deal agreed to keep Italian GP at Monza

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The Italian Grand Prix will remain at Monza for the next three years following an agreement between the promoters and Bernie Ecclestone.

Monza held its first grand prix in 1922 and had been pay off the world championship since the inaugural season in 1950. It has hosted the Italian round every year with the exception of 1980, when the race went to Imola.

Monza’s current contract to hold the race expires after Sunday’s grand prix, and there had been fears the race would be moved to Imola or disappear from the calendar entirely.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel welcomed the news. “It’s really good news that Monza will stay for another three years,” he said.

“We need this track in the calendar, it’s fantastic. Monza means history, tradition, racing.”

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25 comments on “Deal agreed to keep Italian GP at Monza”

  1. A three year deal doesn’t sound promising in the long-term, hopefully this will be extended though, if funding comes through.

    Pleased that it’s not the end for Monza and Italy though.

    1. @strontium, the indication is that it is the ACI that has asked for the deal to be just three years. Equally, I do have to wonder how much political interference there has been with the deal when you have the Prime Minister of Italy dropping into the press conference to give his formal approval to the proposed deal.

  2. Even though this will guarantee the race for 2017, 2018, and 2019, at least the timing of this great news is right because it’s at the weekend of this year’s Italian Grand Prix. :)

    I hope the Italian GP will continue in 2020 and beyond, and I hope one day to also see the return of the San Marino GP at Imola soon.

  3. petebaldwin (@)
    2nd September 2016, 15:05

    It was never in doubt in my opinion that they’d keep F1 at Monza. Just another of Bernie’s games.

    1. @petebaldwin I was quite sure it would still be in the calendar, but there was a fair bit of doubt following what happened to Germany last year, and France.

      Nevertheless it was indeed one of his games.

  4. Glad it’s staying at Monza. I always found Imola to be a good track to drive but an awful track for F1 races.

    1. @willwood Previous version of Imola was indeed bad for F1 races. But I feel the current version without the last chicane and a super-long straight from Rivazza to Tamburello would be a different story. I’d quite like to have Imola back, but not at the expense of Monza

  5. Ecclestone on Monza’s future, F1 Fanatic round-up from July 2, 2014:

    “I don’t believe we’ll do another contract, as the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. So it’s bye-bye after 2016.”

  6. Good news. F1 needs variety on the calendar and losing Monza would be disastrous. I honestly do not care about the plans to lose Curva Grande. I like the proposed new layout.

    1. petebaldwin (@)
      2nd September 2016, 15:35

      Same here – I think it is an improvement. Curva Grande doesn’t pose a challenge anymore so I won’t be too sad to see it changed – it’s basically the same thing as turn 3 at Catalunya these days.

      1. LovelyLovelyLuffield
        2nd September 2016, 16:17

        These days, with a heavy and tight-ass chicane, I agree. But bypass that chicane and it’d be a hoot.

        1. petebaldwin (@)
          2nd September 2016, 16:23

          Oh yeah definitely – if they hit Curva Grande at pace, it would be an amazing spectacle but approaching it slowly after the first chicane, it’s nothing special.

          1. @petebaldwin, don’t we effectively already have such a spectacle with Blanchimont in Spa?

  7. Phew.

    The fact that the deal is only for three years worries me, it just kicks the can down the road for a bit…

    1. petebaldwin (@)
      2nd September 2016, 15:49

      Bernie will hopefully be gone by then – anyone who wants the best for the sport rather than the best for their bank balance would do everything in their power to keep Monza on the calendar.

      1. @petebaldwin Hopefully, but by no means probably. He just seems to hang on forever.

  8. I wish the San Marino GP was back. Just watched the 2005 race. Man that was awesome and the cars were gorgeous!

  9. Sad about this. Really hoped to see Imola or Mugello in F1 calendar.

    1. at the expense of the most historic F1 race on the calendar?? O_o

  10. Let’s see how soon in that 3 year period Bernie starts talking up Imola as a replacement track for Italy.

  11. Is…. Is that Flavio?

    Why is he orange?!?

  12. I’m glad Monza’s staying. The “cathedral of speed is a unique place in a world of standardized F1 tracks that all look and feel the same

  13. Flavio is like the cat with nine lives..with his reputation it’s amazing anyone wants him in an official photo.

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