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Monza set to lose Italian Grand Prix after 2016

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The Italian Grand Prix could be set for a new home after 2016, following harsh criticism from F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, according to Autosport.com.

Monza's repuation

Monza is the most historic venue on the calendar having hosted every F1 race in Italy with the exception of 1980 when the race went to Imola. It is also the spiritual home of Ferrari as each year tens of thousands of the Tifosi cram into the circuit located in a park in a suburb on Milan.

Monza remains the fastest track on the schedule with cars reaching over 200mph (320kph) on four different sections while its Lesmo and Parabolica corners are also among the most famous in the world.

Despite this the race has always attracted some criticism from locals who have complained about the noise the track creates during race weekends.

Last year there was some suggestions Ecclestone too was looking for a change and now he has made that desire very clear in an interview with Italian daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"It's not good,"he replied when asked about the future of the race at Monza.

"I don't think we'll do another contract, as the old one has been disastrous for us from a commercial point of view.

"So it's bye-bye after 2016," he added.

Potential replacement

It is understood the current host of the Moto GP race in Italy, Mugello, could be lined up to replace Monza though it is understood no proposal has yet been put forward by the circuit, which is owned by Ferrari. One thing that may go against such a move, however, was concerns over safety at the track.

Mugello is also a high-speed circuit with a long main straight and a sequence of chicanes reminiscent of the Hungaroring. But when the sport held at Mugello several drivers admitted concerns that the run-off areas at the track were not big enough to cope with a crash at the speeds the circuit is capable of.

Another reason for the doubts placed over the Italian race is the country has seen some of the sharpest declines in TV audience figures over the past few years.

Ecclestone himself suggested this could be down to Ferrari's recent disappointing form which has seen the country's most recognisable car brand fail to win a race in over a year and fail to claim a championship in nearly six years.

Indeed the Briton suggested Ferrari's worldwide popularity was one of the reasons for the global drop in TV viewing figures.

"If Ferrari started to end up first and second in qualifying and races... TV ratings would improve everywhere," he said.

"Ferrari is a worldwide passion."

Backlash

The announcement of the likely end of Monza's time in Formula 1 drew a very negative reaction from fans on social media.

Most consider the track one of the pillars that make up any F1 calendar along with Monaco, Silverstone and Spa.

Much like the news of Hockenheim potentially hosting its final German GP in just over two weeks time, the thought of losing Monza will be a very hard one for long-time fans to take.

 

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