Threat to Historic F1 Race with Firm Warning. F1’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, has given a strong warning to the organizers of the Italian Grand Prix, saying the race needs to modernize to stay in the F1 calendar.
The discussion about Italy’s place in the F1 schedule has been ongoing, and the contracts for races at Imola and Monza are set to last until the end of the 2025 season. Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian Automobile Club, hinted at a new five-year deal for both races, but Domenicali revealed that the Italian federation hasn’t met F1’s requirements for an extension. These demands include resurfacing the track and building a new underpass at Monza. Construction work at Monza, initially scheduled to begin after the Italian Grand Prix in September, has been delayed.
Domenicali, speaking to the Italian radio station Rai, emphasized the need for progress in negotiations, stating, “It’s all about understanding the desire to invest in F1 as a racing platform. Entertainment and business can no longer be on a private level. It is our country that must make a precise choice.”
Imola rejoined the F1 calendar unexpectedly in the pandemic-affected 2020 season, marking its return since 2006. Although it has remained on the schedule, the 2023 race was canceled just two days before opening practice due to deadly storms in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.
Domenicali, excited about the race’s return in the 2024 season, remarked, “In 2020, Imola had an extraordinary opportunity and was ready for the unexpected call. The flood tragedy didn’t allow us to race there this season, so we can’t wait to race there again.”
The Emilia Romagna race is scheduled for May 19 next year, with the Monza round planned for September 1, seven days after the F1 season resumes after the summer break at Zandvoort.
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