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Monza: Sharing Italian GP with Imola a 'last resort'

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Monza says it is not interested in alternating the hosting of the Italian Grand Prix with Imola after 2017.

Last week F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said Imola was in the running to replace Monza after 2017 if it cannot extend its current deal. Monza has hosted all but one world championship Italian Grand Prix since 1950 and Ivan Capelli, the President of the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI), has no intention of sharing the race with another circuit at this time.

"Our goal is to keep the Italian GP in Monza and we can't help considering that in 2022 we will celebrate the centennial of the track," Capelli told Pitpass."As of today we didn't get any official communication from Imola about such plans.

"Nevertheless, the rotation to which they make reference has always been a bad strategy: therefore, what will be needed is a totally new approach in implementing this strategy, that frankly I can't see today."

This year's German Grand Prix, which had alternated between Hockenheim and Nurburgring, was cancelled due to complications around the latter hosting the event. Capelli, who drove in 98 grands prix between 1985 and 1993, admitted a share deal with Imola will only be considered once all other avenues have been exhausted.

"We are sportsmen and the interest of the sport comes first in our minds. Should the rotation be the last possible resort, at that point we should at least consider it."