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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Monza Race Canceled Over Trees

PARIS -- World racing authorities Friday canceled the Italian Grand Prix after local officials refused to meet safety demands that required chopping down 123 trees.


The cancellation of the race, set for Monza on Sept. 11, pares the Formula One calendar to 15 races. The standings are unchanged, with Michael Schumacher and Bennetton-Ford still at the top.


Scrubbing the race is the latest twist in a season that has been plagued by safety problems.


The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said that it canceled the Monza race because Italian authorities failed to provide formal, unconditional safety guarantees as asked July 26.


The federation wanted curves in the Monza circuit changed to slow the cars down, which would have required removing 123 trees in the Milan public park where the course is located.


The demand had outraged environmentalists.