Ecclestone will accept Imola as substitute for Monza

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he will accept the Imola circuit in San Marino as a substitute for Monza as host of the Italian Grand Prix if negotiations over a new contract at Monza fail.

The Imola circuit last hosted a F1 grand prix in 2006 but is emerging as a candidate to replace Monza, which has held a grand prix every year except one since F1 began.

Ecclestone, speaking Saturday at the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, said if Italy’s national sporting body “was not happy in Monza, and they want it in Imola, we are happy to support Imola.”

The future of the Brazilian Grand Prix is also in doubt, and Ecclestone said “the chances are it won’t happen” beyond this year.