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GP Week : Issue 205
F1 >>> nEWs monzA under tHreAt – or is mr e simpLy putting tHe sCreWs on? The historic Monza Autodrome may lose its place on the Formula 1 calendar, according to Bernie ecclestone. The track, which first hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1922, could be moved to make was for a new event that is more lucrative for the sport’s stakeholders. The promoters current deal runs until the 2016 race. “I don’t think we’ll do another contract, the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. After 2016, bye bye...” he told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport. On the other hand, it could well be that Ecclestone has started the process of 'winding up' the promoters to lever more money for a future deal – and upsetting fans by suggesting the end of the race is a method that has been used before for other events. Some of the sport’s leading drivers reacted to the news negatively, with Kimi Raikkonen calling any such decision “stupid”. “You hear how they might drop that race and it would be very stupid in my opinion for Formula 1 and for everybody. Hopefully it will never happen. “But we are not the guys who decide those things, and for Ferrari it is an important place.” “I wouldn’t like to see it go,” said Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. “Not only because of my Italian heritage and all the rest of it, but because it’s a circuit that needs to be part of Formula 1. “It’s been part of it for so long. It’s one of the best weekends in terms of fans, atmosphere, and passion. It’s like Silverstone and Spa, there’s some on the calendar that just need to stay there. “It’s the history of F1. It can’t really be tampered with I think. I definitely don’t want to see it go. I won’t go into if it does go, what it would make us drivers feel but let’s hope it stays and it’s high speed. It’s good fun.” RIGHT: Monza is steeped in tradition, as Lewis Hamilton discovered last year ... Bernie ecclestone has restarted the conversation about Formula 1 teams running three cars. The sport’s commercial rights holder has Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport that he would prefer seeing the backmarkers disappear and be replaced by third cars from some of the sport’s bigger teams. “They should stop,” he said. “If they do not have the money, they should close. I am ready for a Formula One with eight teams and three cars each. “Is it better to see a third Ferrari or a Caterham? Ferrari might find new sponsors in America and an American driver. Great. The same for the others. “Let’s take Caterham. They have invested a load of money, they are going to need a load more and therefore paying drivers. But what for if they have never been competitive?” or tHree-CAr teAms mAybe? 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: