The Italian Grand Prix has received a one-year contract extension and seems to have retained its September 6 date, Monza mayor Dario Allevi has revealed.
The Italian Grand Prix has been hanging in the balance since Italy has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. However, the situation has shown signs of improvements in recent weeks.
The legendary Monza circuit is located in the Lombardy region where 38 per cent of Italy’s cases have been confirmed. After Italy revised the current situation and the feasibility of the event, it seems that the Italian Grand Prix is back on track, albeit only as a „ghost race”.
Dario Allevi has indicated on social media that the Italian Grand Prix would be staged on September 6, meaning that the last European round has retained its original date on the revised 2020 F1 calendar.
“I received the waiting call from the President of ACI Italia, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, who confirmed that the Italian Grand Prix will run at Monza on September 6.”
Monza’s mayor has also confirmed that Formula 1’s favourite race would take place behind closed doors due to the global coronavirus pandemic. He has also revealed that the cirucit has extended its contract with Liberty Media by a year until 2025.
“While many circuits have had to give up because of the health emergency, Monza will be there - albeit behind closed doors - and Formula 1 has decided to extend the contract by one year with our circuit. The racing cars will continue to race in the 'Temple of Speed' at least until 2025," he said.