Eccelstone fuels doubts over Monza future

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Bernie Ecclestone has fuelled doubts over the future of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza by saying “we’re not doing cut price things”.

The race at the iconic high-speed circuit has been in doubt, with its current contract set to expire at the end of 2016. Roberto Maroni - the governor of Lombardy - recently claimed a new deal could be agreed “by early September” as Monza seeks to secure sufficient funds to host the race beyond next year.

However, Ecclestone says he will not back down in contract negotiations and insists it is up to the Italian Grand Prix promoters to decide if it wants to remain on the calendar.

“We’ll see when we get to Monza,” Ecclestone said. “They’ve got a contract, all they’ve got to do is find a pen, it’s easy. We had a deal with them two years ago, so if they just continue with that it’s all OK.”

When asked if he expects to be able to reach an agreement which retains Monza on the calendar, Ecclestone replied: “No idea, haven’t got a clue.

“We’re happy to be at Monza, obviously, but we’re not doing cut price things.”

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