Monza calls for help from Italian government

Monza has urged the Italian government to throw its weight in supporting its bid to secure the future of the Italian Grand Prix.

As talks between circuits bosses and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone continued, the Briton said on Friday that a new deal was "unlikely" as the Italian track did not "want to pay".

Andrea Dell'Orto, the president of the SIAS - Monza's management company - said talks were still ongoing and there was no panic yet.

But he made it clear the circuit will need the support of the government if it is to secure the future of the race.

"The meeting yesterday was friendly and positive," said Dell'Orto. "We started from a difficult situation and we are making major efforts to a crucial moment to come up with a credible proposal.

"For his part, Bernie Ecclestone is appreciating our efforts.

"Obviously it was not the final meeting and he knows that to cover the gap between his demands and our reality we need external support: I am referring primarily to the Lombardy region, which certainly is doing his part for months but probably it will not be enough.

"We also need the support of the central government and/or other sources."

The Italian prime minister is to attend tomorrow's race.

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Track Monza
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