Italy: 'No Monza, no Ferrari'

2013-06-28 12:28

MILAN, Italy - Ferrari should pull out of Formula 1 if historic Monza is axed from the calendar.

That is the view of Roberto Maroni, the president of Lombardy, after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's warning this week that even Monza, the historic home of the Italian GP, might not be safe as he looks to scrap "a couple of races" in Europe in favour of "emerging markets".

Ecclestone said: "If we do move away from Monza - and I say 'if', because no decision has been taken yet - it would be only for economic reasons.

"Of course, the quality of the circuit and the organisation could also be better, but that is not the crucial point."


Maroni is quoted by La Repubblica: "He (Ecclestone) thinks he's father and master of the world, but he cannot decide such a thing without even consulting with people.

"If he does (axe Monza), there would only be one thing to do - Ferrari withdraw from the Grand Prix and the F1 circuit," he added.

As for whether Lombardy could intervene directly, Maroni confirmed he is "interested in any solution".

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  • Keith Monale - 2013-06-28 12:50

    Does F1 no longer have any sense of history??

  • Johan Pretorius - 2013-06-28 13:21

    Rather scrap Monaco and rid us of the 2 hour parade going forward.

  • Mario Marrier Dunienville - 2013-06-28 15:02

    No Monza No F1. It is time for Bernie to step down. These "EMERGING" circuits don't fill the seats, but does Bernie care, he has been paid. KEEP MONZA

  • Neel Morar - 2013-06-28 15:06

    F1 is becoming a joke now Monza one of the most famous tracks might be axed i think its time her steps down

  • HJS - 2013-06-29 09:11

    Bernie's on set of senility is picking up speed. Those sterile tracks in "emerging markets", usually in countries with no history or interest in motor racing and thus very small crowds is a damn waste of talent and expensive machinery. Nurburgring, Monza, Spa, Monaco, Silverstone --- those are names associated with F1 for decades. LOOK after them Bernie.

  • Maartins Siphiso - 2013-07-01 07:26

    Bernie Ecclestone has done more for F1 than anybody else in the history of sport. He just saved the german Gp a week or 3 ago by waving the racefee. he has brought the sport to everybody's TV sets. We should all thank Bernie - Mr F1. But axing Monza??? I don't know?? These emerging markets are risky - emerging today & dipping tomorrow. Like Turkey? Rather stick to the circuits that draw the fans. - But then again, Bernie does not make his money on crowd numbers - He makes his money on TV viewers.

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