According to Bernie Ecclestone, the future of the Italian grand prix at Monza is hanging by a thread. Italian reports quote the F1 supremo as warning that, even after new meetings with circuit chiefs, the fate of the fabled and popular race is not looking good. "The renewal of the contract is unlikely," said Ecclestone, "as they do not want to pay."
All around the paddock, however, fingers are being crossed that F1 does not lose yet another of its most historic venues. "Would it be a significant loss for formula one? Of course," said Ecclestone, "but it will not be a problem if they pay the price we are asking." When asked to imagine F1 without Monza, however, the 84-year-old appeared unmoved, telling the New York Times: "We don't have Germany. We don't have France."
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