Bernie Ecclestone confirmed a three year contract extension for the Monza circuit to host the Italian Grand Prix, although signing the contract hasn’t actually taken place yet for geographical reasons. Bernie said: “Regretfully we cannot sign it here legally, but more importantly we have reached an agreement after a few months of negotiations between the lawyers.” He also added that he’d prefer the race to have a century’s worth of contract but will settle for three years for now.
The race has been held at Monza since the start of the world championship in 1950, and all but one of the Italian events has been held at the track. It’s fast flowing and engine-reliant nature make it a unique challenge in the more technical current calendar.
Naturally the track is a favourite for Ferrari, and current driver Sebastian Vettel said: “Monza has to stay on the calendar because it means more than just cash, it means history, tradition, racing, enthusiasm, Ferrari.”
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