Monza not keen on Italian GP share

Date published: June 23 2015 - Editor

Monza officials have made it clear that sharing the Italian Grand Prix with Imola is not something they are very keen on.

The future of the iconic race is under threat as its current deal with the Formula 1 commercial rights holders runs out at the end of 2016 and talks about renewing the deal doesn't appear to be going well.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has also revealed that he has held talks with Imola, which last hosted a race in 2006, about alternating the Italian race with Monza.

However, President of the Automobile Club Italia (ACI) Ivan Capelli

"We respect others' work and projects. Presently, we, ACI Milan and SIAS, are working hard to renew the contract with FOM which expires in 2016," he told Pitpass in an interview.

He added: "Our goal is to keep the Italian GP in Monza and we can't help considering that in 2022 we will celebrate the centennial of the track."

When asked about sharing the race with Imola, he replied: "As of today we didn't get any official communication from Imola about such plans; nevertheless, the rotation to which they make reference has always been a bad strategy: therefore, what will be needed is a totally new approach in implementing this strategy, that frankly I can't see today.

"(However), we are sportsman and the interest of (the) sport comes first in our minds," he continued, "should the rotation be the last possible resort, at that point we should at least consider it."