This morning in an interview with the media, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has cast yet more doubt over the future of the Italian GP, saying there is a “good chance” Monza will fall off the calendar.
Earlier this year it emerged that Italy’s place on the calendar was under threat due to a lack of funds. And although the Italian government has put money on the table through a tax free investment, that by no means guarantees the race’s future.
In his interview with the media this morning, Ecclestone has downplayed the chances of securing a new deal; even if he wants the race to remain on the calendar. Ecclestone stated the following:-
‘I don’t know about Monza at the moment. I have meetings there in September so we will see. I hope we don’t lose it but I think there is a good chance we will.’
Ecclestone today also refuted suggestions that Monza could get a cheaper deal compared to other venues in light of its history in F1. Ecclestone added the following on the matter:-
‘We don’t want give any more than we give other people. We want to give the same.’
Overall, all you can say is that Monza’s future in the sport is unclear at the moment and Ecclestone is doing his best to keep the race on the calendar as much as he can. It would be a shame to lose Monza from the calendar as it has been on the calendar since the beginning of the sport and has produced a lot of history and spectacular races as well.
If we lost the race, not only would the fans be upset but the Ferrari fans would also be upset to lose a prestigious race track and also the only opportunity to cheer on their beloved team. Many would want the Ferrari team to get involved with discussions to keep Monza in place but whether they will remains to be seen.
But we cannot lose Monza from the calendar because if we lose it; then the rest of the ‘classic’ F1 track such as Silverstone, Belgium and Hungary could be at risk in the near future and we cannot allow that to happen to the sport we love.