Monza's hopes of keeping hold of the Italian Grand Prix have received a boost, with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone saying he expects a deal to be done to secure the future of the event.
The historic track's contract to hold F1 runs out at the end of this year, and agreement has not yet been reached on putting together a package that both Italian authorities and Ecclestone are happy with.
The most recent hurdle to get over has been in sorting out the management structure at the track to ensure that the venue keeps delivering what F1 wants.
And although speculation in recent days has suggested that Monza's hopes may be over and that Imola could enter the frame as host of the Italian GP, Ecclestone is not so sure.
Speaking about Monza's future in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Ecclestone said: "I think it will continue to hold a grand prix.
"It's a discussion amongst men and we are still talking. In the end we will reach a conclusion, I am certain."