If there is not a Grand Prix at Monza in the future, I doubt the Italians will have any Grand Prix. Unthinkable? Well, we used to say that it was unthinkable that there would be no French GP.
At the end of the day I doubt that Ferrari would let the World Championship go without Monza. They probably have a secret veto on that too… and if they don’t, they should get one at the next round of commercial negotiations. CVC Capital Partners may not get it, but F1 with modern white elephant circuits but without the classic tracks would be like the Seven Dwarves without Snow White, like John, Paul, George and Dermot.
Nothing is unthinkable in F1. Well, it’s pretty unthinkable that there could be a race at Imola. There’s no money there. It’s pretty unthinkable at Mugello because Ferrari owns the track and it isn’t about to pay what F1 wants and would anyone hire the track and try to make an event work? It’s doubtful. Would anyone hire Monza? It’s doubtful. There’s no money in it… There’s always talk of street races in Rome, but that is like the London GP and the Loch Ness Monster. Lots of talk but dry few sightings.
In any case, Formula E is killing Formula 1 at getting into cities. And it will get better for them because they are cheap (everything is alongside F1) and there are no noise issues. F1 should have done deals in New Jersey and Long Beach, but it didn’t.