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GP Week : Issue 221
.com weeK Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) Formula One faces the almost unimaginable prospect that there will be no Italian Grand Prix from 2017. Talks between Monza circuit officials and Bernie Ecclestone broke down over the weekend when the two parties failed to reach an agreement over race hosting fees. Ecclestone has previously stated that, regardless of its historic value, Monza must pay the going rate if it's to keep the Italian Grand Prix. Monza recently received an injection of 20million Euros from the Lombardy regional government. However, those funds cannot be used in sanctioning fees and instead are going towards reorganising the circuit and facilities. It leaves the circuit to find 10million Euros to satisfy Ecclestone’s demands. Monza’s best hope now is to seek assistance from the national government but should it fail there is a very real posibility that the Italian Grand Prix will disappear from the calendar with the likely replacement a race around the streets of Baku in Azebeijan. Founded in 1929, Monza has hosted the Italian Grand Prix every year since 1950 with the exception of 1980 when the event moved to San Marino. The circuit originally including a banked oval circuit, which has been used four times in Formula One, the last in 1961. In 1971 Monza witnessed the closest ever finish to a grand prix when the top four cars were covered by less than a second. Chicanes were added in 1972 as increasing speeds saw the circuit become unsafe. italian gp under threat MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden email@example.com EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly F1 Business: Christian Sylt, Caroline Reid Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden email@example.com ADVERTISING Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton email@example.com se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news