Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso pledge support to retain Monza

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Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso say they would like to see the Italian Grand Prix at Monza remain on the Formula 1 calendar as the axe continues to swing over it.

As the event organisers and the commercial rights holders struggle to create a new agreement beyond the current contract that concludes with the 2016 race, the threat of its removal from the schedule remains prominent.

Indeed, Bernie Ecclestone has already cited the loss of the French Grand Prix and this year’s withdrawal of the German Grand Prix as examples that heritage does not safeguard its place on the schedule, the F1 supremo making it clear that he is unwilling to negotiate on race hosting fees.

It is a situation that Rosberg is disappointed with particularly after his home event for 2015 was cancelled.

“Monza is one of the legendary tracks,” the Spanish Grand Prix winner said. “Of course it is important to the F1 calendar, just as the German Grand Prix is important. I, of course, definitely wish that we continue to race there. If front of the tifosi also, the atmosphere is always awesome so it’s important to F1, that race.

However, while drivers have pledged their support for the event, Alonso points out that the loss of the German race is indicative that no race is guaranteed.

“I think it’s one of the best races of the year,” he said. “The podium is amazing there with all the fans on the main straight. It’s the home of Ferrari – it’s very important for Formula One. But also the German Grand Prix is very important and it’s not any more this year, so, who knows.”


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