Ecclestone threatens to axe Monza

  • Wednesday 2nd July, 2014 9:48am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Monza's atmosphere was electric when Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher led Ferrari to a one-two at the magical track in 2002

Monza’s atmosphere was electric when Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher led Ferrari to a one-two at the magical track in 2002

Formula 1 overlord Bernie Ecclestone has given a firm indication that Monza will be axed from hosting the Italian Grand Prix after 2016.

In an interview with the respected Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Ecclestone claimed that the fabled Monza circuit will likely be chopped owing to ‘commercial’ reasons.

“It’s not good. I don’t think we’ll do another contract, as the old one has been disastrous for us from a commercial point of view,” Ecclestone said.

“So it’s bye-bye after 2016.”

The Italian Grand Prix has been conducted at the supremely fast Monza circuit just outside Milan in an almost uninterrupted run since 1948.

The sequence was broken only in 1980 when Monza was undergoing refurbishments which saw the Italian GP switched to Imola.

F1’s television popularity in Italy has slumped through digital and social media options, however Ecclestone admitted that if Ferrari regained its lustre from the Michael Schumacher era it would certainly help.

“If Ferrari started to end up first and second in qualifying and races… TV ratings would improve everywhere. Ferrari is worldwide passion,” he said.

Ferrari’s own Mugello circuit has been touted as a potential replacement host for the Italian Grand Prix, although Ecclestone denied that any proposal for such a move has been made.

  • Alex White

    Pfft, he probably wants to axe it, because the track has so much throttle percentage, that its going to cause rucus, with fuel savings and fuel per hour that 100kg/hour

  • Laszlow

    Yeah f**** heritage and history, its all about the $$$$. Losing Monza is just another nail in the coffin for F1.

  • Tony Martini

    Bernie, Bernie, Bernie … thats right p***s off one of the longest running events thats been there since F1 started back in 1950. No regard for a track with historical significance that promotes great racing… its about the show not the money The F1 fan is tired of your game playing.

  • daza

    f1 is the most boring form of motorsport on the planet.

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