Sunday, 5 April 2015

Following on from Germany could Monza be the next iconic circuit to face the F1 chopping board?

(© Ben Johnston 2010)

Former Formula One team owner Giancarlo Minardi has confirmed that he fears for the future of the Italian Grand Prix after the axe fell on the 2015 German Grand Prix.

The Italian Grand Prix in Monza has been a permanent feature of the Formula One calendar for many years and is also the home race of Ferrari who are the sports longest serving constructor. Despite the fact that the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team won the Constructors championship last season the German Grand Prix was cut from this year’s calendar despite the fact that Mercedes offered to support the event with financial backing.

Minardi has called on the Italian government to get involved to help the Monza circuit extend its Formula One contract with FOM.

The circuit is in need of some upgrading and Minardi believes that the government needs to look at what the event brings to the region. The Tifosi are some of the most passionate fans in Formula One. Following Sebastian Vettel’s victory for Scuderia Ferrari last weekend race organisers revealed that they have seen an increase in ticket sales for this year’s event.

When you think of Formula One, Minardi said you think of Monza, Silverstone and jewel in the Formula One calendar Monte Carlo.

The atmosphere at the Italian Grand Prix is always amazing and if the Italian Grand Prix in Monza is axed when its contract runs out at the end of next season, fans will surely be upset if that happens. Ferrari may also have something to say if the event is axed as this is something that Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has refused to rule out.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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