Monza, one of Formula 1’s historic tracks, could be on the way to being excluded from competition as of 2017, test boss Bernie Ecclestone said.
The agreement to conduct the test was signed in 2010 and Ecclestone said it is unlikely to be renewed when it expires at the end of 2016.
“His future is not good,” Ecclestone said in an interview published yesterday by the sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I don’t think we will make another contract, the previous one is a disaster for us in commercial terms. After 2016, goodbye ”.
Monza, which hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time in 1922 is one of the most famous and beloved tracks in the competition.
“Ecclestone’s comments on the Monza Grand Prix are worrying,” commented Antonio Rossi, from the Department of Sports and Youth Policy in the Lombardy region.
The Italian Grand Prix could take place at Mugello, a suggestion from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. The circuit is owned by the team.
Italy could lose its test as the sport’s fan base was dwindled by several bad Ferrari seasons.
“Television audiences in Italy are lower than anywhere else,” Ecclestone noted. “If Ferrari starts to achieve first or second places in the rankings or races the audiences could increase around the world. Ferrari has a worldwide fans ”.