Monza race in doubt for 2007

(GMM) Imola could be the only grand prix held in Italy next year, according to rumors.

It is reported that the circuit, despite being left off the FIA's provisional calendar for 2007, is now due to be renovated by the Italian government, at a cost of some $12.8m, in time for a race at the very end of next April.

Italian reports say the government has committed the funds for the circuit renovation to begin in October, and be completed by March 2007. If confirmed, the move could jeopardize the usual Italian grand prix at historic and high speed Monza, whose safety features have recently been questioned by drivers.

A single race for Italy was listed for September 9 on the FIA's calendar, but Toyota technical chief Pascal Vasselon admitted at Monza that he had heard suggestions that the circus will not return in 2007.

He added: ''It's difficult to say that, but if you want to be pragmatic you have to say that most of the drivers don't like going to Monza.''

Toro Rosso racer Vitantonio Liuzzi has also heard the rumor, and he called it a 'shame'.

''We don't know,'' said the Italian, ''and it's a big worry for us because we love Monza.''

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