Monza Seeks F1 Extension until 2021

As we've mentioned to you before, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza recently signed a 4-year extension to their current F1 deal by which they have been granted the hosting of the Italian Grand Prix until at least 2016. That put an end to all the media fights between the Monza and the Rome officials, after the formers were fearing that the Italian capital would take away their Grand Prix from 2013 onwards.

According to Italy's Tuttosport agency, it seems the deal was actually signed last week, while only today the information surfaced in the media. Nevertheless, the officials from the little town in northern Italy don't seem to settle with the 4-year deal, as they confirmed they'll be seeking a further extension that would keep Monza in F1 until 2021.

The news reported by Sias is very positive, but from tomorrow we will start working on a further extension of the grand prix at Monza until at least 2021,” said Monza's mayor Marco Mariani, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Despite securing the F1 grand prix until 2016, Mariani cannot seem to get over his negative feelings and thoughts towards Rome. While the Italian capital is on the verge of being confirmed for the 2013 calendar, Mariani is still very much against the idea of the Italian Grand Prix coexisting with the Rome GP.

Obviously, his Rome counterpart Gianni Alemanno does not agree, as he looks forward to seeing Italy host 2 races in the series as of 2013. Rome GP's status in the championship is yet to be determined, as it was initially suggested it will be a one-off in F1.

By 2012 or 2013 Italy can boast the enviable situation of having two grands prix, which will be mutually beneficial in promoting tourism and sports,” said Alemanno.
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