The company managing the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, home of the Italian GP, has confirmed it has signed a deal to host the Italian Grand Prix until the 2016 season.
There had been some concerns that Monza looked to be sidelined following F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone’s announcement that a Grand Prix would be staged on the streets of Rome from 2013 onwards.
However, event organisers aren’t resting on their laurels and are now seeking an extension to the deal that will see the Italian GP continue at the historic venue for a further 5 years, until the end of the 2021 season.
Milan mayor Marco Mariani told La Gazzetto dello Sport: "The news reported by Sias [Monza’s management group] is very positive, but from tomorrow we will start working on a further extension of the grand prix at Monza until at least 2021.”
With Rome set to join the F1 calendar, it will mark the return of two Grands Prix on Italian soil for the first time since 2006, where the Italian and San Marino GP (at Imola) coexisted on the calendar for over 20 years.
How big a fee did the organisers stump up for Bernie?!