Monza must be kept at all costs

Monza must be kept at all costs

Some of the newer grands prix on the F1 calendar prove change doesn't have to be a bad thing. But, says LAWRENCE BARRETTO, there are always notable exceptions

For a while now, the historic European races have been under attack. Imola got the boot after 2006. The French Grand Prix followed two years later. Spa Francorchamps has missed seasons, most recently '06. The Nurburging was unable to host the German GP this year, while doubts remain over Hockenheim. And now Monza, the cathedral of motorsport in Italy, is under threat.

It is no real surprise, really. The core races in 1950 were situated in small pocket of western Europe but this is a global championship and expansion was inevitable. Seventy venues have hosted Formula 1. Only 20 remain. There isn't enough space to accommodate them all. Even now, the calendar is bursting.

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