Negotiations have been ongoing for months, with the contract for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza ending this year. You could say that it hasn’t gone smoothly, with a number of reports that it could be dropped from the calendar.
The news last week that Bernie Ecclestone has signed a deal with Imola, only fuels the fire that the race could move to the home of the former San Marino Grand Prix, although even with a deal in place that also looks unlikely to happen with a shortfall in funding needed to host a Formula One race. Monza is, or should be getting an overall, with a new reprofiled Curve Grande and pit complex, although work will also need to be done at Imola to bring it up to a modern Formula One standard.
If negotiaions fail on Monza, it wouldn’t be as straight forward for a switch of venue, with the Imola race probabily not given the title ‘Italian Grand Prix’, as the ACI (the Italian Automobile Club) only have the right to sanction the race, and they back Monza. It might not even come to that though, with negotiations continuing between the ACI and Bernie Ecclestone on an agreement.
Rumours suggested earlier in the year that a four year deal was close to being agreed with the relative upgrades to the circuit, although an announcement might not come before the race in early September.