F1 to review futures of Monza and Imola from 2026

Italy is only country outside of US to stage two races per season.
  • Monza has hosted the Italian GP since 1950
  • Imola returned to the calendar in 2020
  • F1 looking at alternating slots solution for European races

Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali has revealed the series is reviewing the long-term future of Italy staging two Grands Prix per season.

Both Monza and Imola host races during the season, with the former having hosted the Italian Grand Prix since the world championship debuted in 1950. 

Imola is a more recent addition, having hosted the San Marino Grand Prix between 1981 and 2006, before rejoining the calendar in 2020 during the Covid pandemic.

With both circuits only being confirmed on the calendar until 2025, and Formula One looking to expand into new markets, the chances of Italy retaining two races are looking slim.

“There is one issue that will be addressed in the short term, and that is to understand the future of Formula One in Italy,” Domenicali told Autosport.

“We will have to understand if there are the resources to be able to keep two grands prix on the calendar, or if we will focus on just one.

“I want to thank Imola, because the organisers were ready to take a chance in a difficult moment like Covid, confirming that they lived up to the commitment made.”

Monza is investing in its infrastructure as it seeks to keep pace with other European circuits, like the Hungaroring and Zandvoort. However, even the latter could be at risk of being reduced to an alternating slot on the Formula One calendar in future years.

“[Monza has] confirmed to me that the necessary renovation work on the facility will begin after the end of the grand prix,” he continued. 

“It's an important step because next year it's necessary to give a signal of improvement. The historical value of Monza is beyond question, but we also need to keep up with the times in terms of services, which must be in line with the prices paid by those who come to the race track. Within the next year, we will have clear ideas about the future.”

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There’s been increasing talk of ‘alternating slots’ on the Formula One calendar in recent weeks, perhaps to test the water on the fan reaction to such a proposition.

But, with exponential growth the only goal for Formula One executives, this is a solution that will be deployed more frequently very soon.

With traditional motorsport centres like France and Germany not even on the calendar, the option of countries staging a race every other year not only keeps costs down, but it also enables Formula One to retain some historic venues while exploring new markets.

Unfortunately, it appears that the European segment of the calendar will be targeted first, which leaves races like Monza and Imola facing part-time positions on the schedule.

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