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2019-09-04 19:27
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(From L) Ferraris Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton steer their cars during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital Manama, on March 31, 2019. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

Steeped in tradition, set in beautiful parkland and home of Ferrari's passionate tifosi, Monza's fabled Temple of Speed has hosted more Formula 1 World Championship Grands Prix than any other venue.

And now, the Italian Grand Prix is set to remain at the historic track for at least another five seasons.

An agreement between Formula 1 and the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) - which runs until at least the end of 2024 - was announced on Wednesday evening during a public event held in Milan to celebrate the 90th edition of the Italian Grand Prix and, at the same time, the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari.

The Italian Grand Prix has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 1950, the year the World Championship was established, and the race has been held at Monza every year, with the exception of the 1980 race, which was run at Imola.

"We are really pleased to have reached an agreement with the ACI which ensures the Italian Grand Prix will remain on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar until at least 2024," Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said in a statement to the media.

The Italian Grand Prix is due to take place this weekend. The main race will start at 15:10 (SA time) on Sunday, 8 September. 

Compiled by Herman Eloff. (Source: Formula 1)

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