Stefano Domenicali urges Monza to meet F1’s demands for new Italian GP deal

The Monza Circuit has held the Italian Grand Prix every single year since the inaugural F1 season in 1950.


Stefano Domenicali urges Monza to meet F1’s demands for new Italian GP deal

Stefano Domenicali (via IMAGO)

The Monza Circuit has long been a staple of the F1 calendar, hosting the Italian Grand Prix for decades. The circuit has hosted numerous iconic races, most notable for being the home race of Scuderia Ferrari, who last won at the venue with Charles Leclerc in 2019.

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A new agreement for to host the Italian GP is being drafted by the president of the Italian Automobile Club, Sticchi Damiani. However, there is a slight hitch in the process, as F1 chief Stefano Domenicali has found an issue with the deal. Domenicali has pointed out that work on the circuit, supposed to begin in December, has not yet commenced, and is essential for completion of the contract extension.

I am in good contact with the motorsport federation in Italy. We are negotiating, but we need elements to carry this negotiation forward. The work at Monza was supposed to start after the grand prix and still hasn’t started in December. It should now start in the near future.

Stefano Domenicali said on the Italian radio station Rai (H&T: PlanetF1)

Monza is among some other iconic tracks to remain on the F1 calendar, with others including Suzuka, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, and Monaco. Ferrari will be hoping to make their mark at the venue for the first time since 2019 with their “95% different” 2024 challenger.

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Stefano Domenicali boasts FIA recovery from COVID-19

The coronavirus spread across the world, as one of the most influential pandemics ever. The pandemic particularly hit F1, a sport that requires the physical presence of teams and garages. The 2020 season was especially affected, with many races being scrapped from the calendar.

Stefano Domenicali (via Sky Sports)
Stefano Domenicali (via Sky Sports)

Stefano Domenicali, head of Formula 1, commended the FIA on its ability to overcome the difficulties of the pandemic. The 2021 season saw a major recovery for the sport, especially with the tight battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen bringing a lot of viewership. Domenicali complimented the FIA for its ability to bring F1 to its current heights.

In general, the season was super positive and I would like to add that the pandemic was a potentially deadly situation for F1, but if we look at this sport from COVID onwards, we managed to build step-by-step growth that has led today to one of the most followed sports platforms in the world. 
Stefano Domenicali said, as reported by Italian radio Rai

F1 has since recovered completely, with the 2022 and 2023 recording multiple record numbers for audience presence at events. The 2023 season in particular has seen all-time high viewership numbers in major areas, especially the United States. It remains to be seen if the sport further expands next season.

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