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Monza agrees new F1 deal

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It was announced this morning that Monza will continue to host the Italian Grand Prix until at least 2019, following the signing of a new contract with Formula 1 bosses.

The negotiations for a new deal have lasted for more than a year as organisers struggled to raise the necessary funds, whilst the threat of losing the race to Imola – which had a contract to takeover hosting the race should Monza’s deal fall through – added pressure to conclude a new contract as quickly as possible.

A provisional ‘handshake’ deal was agreed back in August, but only now has it been signed off by both parties, with an announcement on the circuit’s Twitter confirming the news as follows:-

‘The renewal of the contract for the [Italian Grand Prix] at Monza has been signed.’

In a statement to the media, Italian motorsport federation (ACI) president Angelo Sticchi Damiani added the following:-

‘We have avoided the possibility that, after 70 years, Italy could lose one of the most prestigious, historic and fascinating automobile races in the world.

‘Now we move forward together, with the goal of making the Grand Prix in Monza, in the coming years, an even more important event, able to fascinate and attract more and more fans across the world.’

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Monza signs three year deal to host the Italian GP

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During the FP2 session for the Italian GP this afternoon, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed a three-year extension of Monza’s deal to host the Italian Grand Prix and that the historic race remains on the calendar until at least 2019.

The future of the race had been in doubt after drawn-out negotiations between Ecclestone and the president of Italy’s motorsport federation Angelo Sticchi Damiani this year. It is the first time the Automobile Club d’Italia had taken charge of negotiations with Ecclestone and they were made to sweat as the F1 CEO threatened to move the race to Imola or drop it completely.

However, the ACI stood firm and insisted that the race would be held at Monza or no other circuit at all. This then lead to the three-year extension that was announced on Friday.

Speaking during a press conference on Friday afternoon, Ecclestone said the contract was in the process of being drawn up but the deal had been done. Ecclestone said the following:-

‘We’re getting all the small details that are important in a contract together and we’ll sign it. So there’s no problem with having a race here at all. It will be here. The contract is only going to be for three years but hopefully we’re here for another hundred years.’

The Italian Grand Prix has been on the calendar since 1950 and has taken place at Monza every year with exception of the 1980 event, which was held at Imola.

2016 Track Preview: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

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Nico Rosberg wins the Belgian GP ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton. Force India, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams all managed to score points in the last race.

Heading into the weekend, it was announced that Kevin Magnussen was cleared to race at the Italian GP following his accident at Spa last week. If you want to read more about this, then please read my article here:- https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/magnussen-cleared-to-race-in-monza/.

Also it was announced on Thursday morning that Felipe Massa will be retiring from Formula One at the end of the season. If you wish to read more about this, then please read my article here:-https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/massa-to-retire-from-f1-at-the-end-of-the-2016-season/.

The Autodromo di Monza circuit is one of the most historic motor racing circuits in the world. It is located near the town of Monza, not far from the Italian city Milano. With special trains, buses and shuttles allow visitors to reach the area easily and quickly.

The track is full of history and the atmosphere here is very nice and with the grandstands are always packed; the fans create a wonderful atmosphere over the Grand Prix weekend. The Ferrari fans, the Tifosi, call the track La Pista Magica – The magic race track.

Monza is a high-speed circuit with a top speed of 340 km/h and an average speed of around 250 km/h. It consists of very long straights and tight chicanes, therefore it is hard on the engine and brakes. Engines are run flat out for nearly 75 percent of the lap, in usually very hot conditions. The circuit is one of the toughest on the cars, as the drivers run the lowest downforce of the season and reach the highest speeds. A car using Monza wings will generate about 25 percent less downforce than the same car with Monaco wings on.

The circuit was officially opened in September 1922 with a road course and a paved oval, Monza was only the third purpose-built motor racing circuit to be constructed after Brooklands and Indianapolis. It was financed by the Milan Automobile Club and was built in only three months by 3,500 workers.

The length of the original Grand Prix track was 10 kilometers, its current configuration is 5.79 kilometers. The Italian Grand Prix will remain at Monza at least until 2016 after a deal between Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the track’s managers was struck last season.

Here are the facts and figures heading into the race weekend as Monza as follows…

Facts and Figures:-

  • Italy has hosted the Grand Prix since 1950.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the track with five wins. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the most successful drivers currently to win the Grand Prix with three wins each.
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with nineteen wins.
  • Race distance: 306.72km (190.59 miles)
  • Number of turns:11
  • Top speed: 339kph
  • Lap record: Rubens Barrichello- Ferrari (2004)- 1.21.046

Winners from the last five Italian Grand Prixs:-

  • 2011-Sebastian Vettel
  • 2012-Lewis Hamilton
  • 2013-Sebastian Vettel
  • 2014- Lewis Hamilton
  • 2015- Lewis Hamilton

My top five finishers of the Italian Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the Italian Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Valtteri Bottas

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieved recently, I believe that Rosberg has to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he cannot be discounted for challenging Hamilton for the title.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend at a track that has been kind to him over the years and also maintain the small championship gap over to Sebastian Vettel who I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this year; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently and will want to get a good result at their home race. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Bottas could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45am and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Thursday and Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45am and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30am
  • Channel Four- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.55am and 12.55am, Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.55am and 11.55am, Sunday (Race) 12.00pm

ACI confident of Italian GP deal at Monza

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In an interview earlier with the media this week, the president of the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) Angelo Sticchi Damiani has ruled out the possibility of hosting the Italian Grand Prix at Imola beyond 2016 and is confident Monza can reach a new deal next month.

Monza’s contract is due to expire at the end of the year and for the first time the ACI has become involved in the negotiations and funding of the event. At the weekend Bernie Ecclestone suggested the Italian Grand Prix could move to the Imola circuit next year if Monza is unable to agree to his terms, but in his interview with the media, Damiani said Monza is the only option if ACI support is involved. Damiani stated the following:-

‘Monza because in the Italian financial law it is written that the grand prix should be Monza, not Imola. The involvement of the Automobile Club of Italy, who is involved directly in the running of the grand prix starting next year, is for an Italian Grand Prix running in Monza, not in Imola.

‘I hope to have a solution to the future of Monza next month. It’s a complicated affair, as you know, but we have worked a lot and we trust we are really very close to a solution.’

Further on in his interview with the media this weekend, Damiani said negotiations took a step forward around the time of the Monaco Grand Prix but have been longer than he expected. Damiani added the following:-

‘Let’s say that it is a difficult negotiation. It’s the first time a sports association in Italy has taken on the burden to organise the Formula One grand prix with significant funds. The fact that the ACI is replacing the Automobile Club Milano, which is still organising the grand prix this year, is of course a revolution and a quite relevant one.

‘However, thanks also to the support of the Lombardi regional authority and, hopefully, thanks to a national sponsor that still needs to be defined in detail, thanks to this support we managed to begin [negotiations] in February.

‘Around Monte Carlo we found many common points with Ecclestone – there are things that still have to be defined – but I would dare say that we are very close to an agreement despite some actions that, of course, have not helped. The negotiations, quite the opposite, have made it even more complicated and longer.’

Future of the Italian GP at Monza is still in doubt

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It was announced today that the Italian Grand Prix remains under threat as a meeting between bosses and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone did not prove as conclusive as originally hoped.

The iconic race appeared to be saved when the Automobille Club of Italy’s Angelo Sticci Damiani said a new deal was in the offing after being able to agree terms and source finance to safeguard the race until 2020 or 2023.

Having been hopeful of a deal being reached by the end of February, a meeting between the two parties would prove inconclusive and a final agreement remains on the table. According to Autosport, the sticking point remains the upgrades, which are considered necessary to be guaranteed for the deal to go ahead.

With these long-term investments not able to be signed off as yet for the long-term guarantee required, a impasse has been reached in the negotiations.

Though it isn’t the to say the race, which is out of contract by the end of this year’s event, won’t go ahead, it is the latest set-back in what has been a difficult period for the Monza venue, which has hosted the Italian Grand Prix every year since 1950, save for the 1980 race, which was held at Imola.

The Monza GP track is considered one of the few remaining ‘iconic’ races on the calendar, with Monza’s loss has been protested by many drivers, not least Sebastian Vettel, who branded the threat to its as ‘bullshit’ in the wake of his first podium with Ferrari there.

But Imola is poised to potentially take the Italian Grand Prix slot after local government approved finances required to pay for the upgrades and the race fee. But even though I like Imola as a racetrack in its own right; I still feel that Monza is a crucial part of the calendar, with the teams and drivers who love the challenges of the track and most importantly the fans who feel connected to the track; given its history in the sport.

We simply cannot afford to lose Monza from the calendar as if we did, we would lose an prestigious, unique and challenging track that has been a crucial part of the sport since the 1950’s and the fans wouldn’t be too happy about it either.

Monza close to agreeing a new seven year deal

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It was announced this morning that Monza is closing in on a new deal to secure another seven years of hosting Italian Grand Prix.

The historic circuit’s future has been in doubt for some time after failing to agree new terms for an extension beyond 2016 with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. There have been several alternatives for the Italian race were proposed for future; one of which included an alternate deal with former San Marino Grand Prix host Imola.

However, a recent amendment to Italy’s Stability Law now allows the Automobile Club of Italy (ACI) to help fund the event in the future which has now made a new deal more affordable.

In an interview with the media today, The head of the ACI Angelo Sticchi Damiani says talks for a new deal are now progressing well and is confident a deal will be completed soon to keep Monza on the calendar. Damiani stated the following:-

‘The Autodromo di Monza has had difficult times, but the worst is over and now we are close to signing with Ecclestone to have Formula One in Brianza for another seven years. We’re going to win a battle that led to the ACI making tremendous sacrifices.’

The Monza circuit which is nicknamed as the Temple of Speed by pundits, fans and the paddock, is the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar and featured in every F1 world championship season except 1980 and it is great to hear that a new deal could be reached in order to maintain the GP there and keep prestige in the ever expanding F1 calendar.

Italy passes law to keep GP at Monza

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It was announced yesterday that the Italian Senate has approved an amendment to the country’s Stability Law that will help secure the future of the Formula 1 race at Monza.

As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, the newly-passed amendment will allow the Automobile Club d’Italia to use its public profits to fund the race.

Previously only the Automobile Club of Milan, headed by former Ferrari F1 driver Ivan Capelli, was allowed to fund the race, using the revenue generated from ticket sales.

However, the law changes will now see ACI add approximately 12.5 million dollars to ACM’s 6.5 million investment.

The decision of the Senate has led ACI president Sticchi Damiani to declare the Monza race “saved”, going on to suggest that the final agreement with Bernie Ecclestone is to be signed in January.