Monza a 'core' F1 race and must be preserved - Ferrari

Formula 1 would lose part of its "core" by dropping Monza, says Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, but he ruled out the Scuderia trying to help save the Italian Grand Prix

Monza a 'core' F1 race and must be preserved - Ferrari

Monza authorities and F1 commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone have reached an impasse on negotiations for a new deal for the Italian GP, which has been a staple of the world championship calendar since its inaugural season in 1950.

The race has been held at Monza every year bar a one-off relocation to Imola in 1980, but Ecclestone is doubtful it will earn a new contract beyond 2016.

Arrivabene said F1 had the opportunity to make a statement about its values by finding a way to secure Monza's future.

"I've said many, many times that there is a core of Formula 1, represented by Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, Hockenheim, Silverstone and Monza," he said.

"This is the core of Formula 1 and I think you have to preserve it.

"Every person that loses his own culture, loses their roots and is not a person anymore.

"If we lose the core, we lose the show. There is a possibility to make a clear statement [by helping Monza].

"I have nothing against all the other grands prix, it's an international show. But the show needs to have a core.

"This is my personal opinion and it's our opinion as Ferrari."

Asked if he or Ferrari could play a role in helping Monza, Arrivabene replied: "'Playing a role' is a big word.

"We are not negotiating with Bernie, it's not our job or our responsibility."

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