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Monza nearing its end? Bernie Ecclestone says yes, after 2016

Jul 1, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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This should send shivers – or at least potential shockwaves – through the Formula One paddock.

Bernie Ecclestone has told Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport he doesn’t see the Italian Grand Prix remaining at Monza past the end of its current contract, which expires in 2016.

“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 told the paper, via the Associated Press.

“So it’s bye-bye after 2016.”

Poor local ratings in Italy and the aforementioned lack of commercial value according to Ecclestone would be cited as the reasoning. A new contract would have to be struck that makes better financial sense to the FOM supremo, it would appear.

Of course, if passion and fever were the only rating that measured a Grand Prix, Monza would be top of the list. It’s hosted every Italian Grand Prix since 1950 with the exception of 1980, when the race was held at Imola.

The tifosi haven’t had much to cheer about with Ferrari’s struggles this season; meanwhile there hasn’t been an Italian driver on the grid since Jarno Trulli was bounced from Caterham just before the 2012 season.

  1. manik56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    I would love to know Bernie’s definition of “disastrous.”

    • barrylibby - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Less money for him !!!!

  2. testover6370 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I don’t know why stuff like this gets reported. Bernie says stuff like this every time a contract comes up for renewal. It’s the same trick everyone else thinks they’re so good at with negotiating, talking the product you’re buying down in order to get a lower price, mentioning alternatives, threatening to walk, etc. This is Bernie being Bernie, same guy who told us we’d be in New Jersey, Long Beach, and Azerbijian by this year.

  3. bernieeecclestonesenile - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    testover6370 is right. This is a Bernie Ecclestone gangster-style threat, no more and no less.

  4. adam1638 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Nothing the big wigs in F1 say or do surprises me anymore.the changes made this season and the ones for next, have seriously depressed’s so sad the direction my favorite sport has taken.

  5. worknman24hours - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Maybe four straight years of Red Bull domination and now,who knows?three years of Mercedes domination will kill the rest of the urge of Tifosi to see their beloved Ferrari’s come in fifth and tenth every race.

    Bernie’s leaving a huge hole in the racing environment in Europe as he whores himself out all over the world to the biggest money bags he can find.

    Some day soon,someone is going to swoop in a take the contracts to all these classic European venues,drop some classic v-10 and v-12 race cars with real manual transmissions out there and make a go at a real racing series.

    Compared to the huge money pit that is F1,these kinds of cars would be cheap to race.

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