Ecclestone suggests Monza axe after 2016
1 July 2014 – Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Monza could fall from the calendar after the 2016 campaign.
The Italian Grand Prix has been staged at the circuit every season – aside from when the race went to Imola in 1980 – since the World Championship began.
But Ecclestone says a renewal is unlikely when the current contract expires.
"I don't think we'll do another contract, the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. After 2016, bye bye," Ecclestone explained to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ecclestone's comments follow a dramatic drop in Formula 1 television figures in Italy.
"TV ratings are lower in Italy than they are elsewhere," he said.
"TV channels have split with digital broadcasting, and there's also Twitter, Facebook and other communication means, so young people are more distracted.
"How can Italian ratings be improved? If Ferrari started to finish first and second in qualifying and races... TV ratings would improve everywhere. Ferrari is a worldwide passion."