Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently expressed concern about Monza's future as host of the Italian Grand Prix. The iconic "temple of speed" has been a staple in Formula 1 since 1950 and boasts a record 72 races held at its famous circuit.
However, unless significant improvements are made, the future of this historic site hangs in the balance. Negotiations are ongoing, but Domenicali stressed the need for fundamental changes to ensure the continued success of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
"We are negotiating about the future of Monza, but we need more, in order to successfully continue the negotiations," Domenicali told RAI radio. "I maintain good relations with the Motosport Federation of Italy, but the repairs and improvements at "Monza" had to happen immediately after the last race in that country, and in fact nothing has been done yet.
It is a constructive criticism, there must be improvement. " In particular, Monza saw Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher achieve five victories each, cementing their place in the history of Formula 1. It belongs to the cult circuit even though it has fallen into a slight crisis.
Domenicali, however, praised the return of "Imola" to the Formula 1 calendar, although the 2023 race was canceled due to heavy flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region. While acknowledging Imola's positive strides, Domenicali stressed that if Monza loses its host status, the Italian Grand Prix could easily move to Imola, potentially opening up space on the Formula 1 calendar for a new race.
"The organization of Formula 1 races can no longer remain on a private level," Domenicali said. "Italy must commit to that goal, a choice must be made." The discussion also touched on the state funding allocated to Italian Formula 1, which is a constant topic of debate between Angelo Stiki Damiani, head of ACI, and the Italian government.
Domenicali's remarks underline the importance of a united effort to support Formula 1 in Italy to ensure the continued success of this prestigious racing event.