Italian reports suggest that a deal is in place for a Grand Prix to be held on the streets of Rome

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    Italian reports suggest that a deal is in place for a Grand Prix to be held on the streets of Rome

    Post by Ross on 20th December 2009, 12:15

    Rome signs deal for Grand Prix



    A deal to hold a grand prix on the streets of Rome in either 2012 or 2013 has been put in place, according to Italian reports.

    A Reuters news story said F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has agreed a deal with course planners in Rome that will see a race similar to the Monaco Grand Prix in Italy's capital. The report added that the traditional Italian Grand Prix at Monza would remain on the calendar alongside the new street circuit.

    Race organiser Maurizio Flammini was quoted as saying: "The agreement with...Bernie Ecclestone to bring the Rome Grand Prix to life has already been done and signed."

    No further details have been released and the layout of the track has yet to be confirmed.

    Up until 2006 Italy hosted two rounds of the F1 season, with the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola taking place on Italian soil. Spain currently has two races on the calendar, one at the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona and one on the streets of Valencia.

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    Re: Italian reports suggest that a deal is in place for a Grand Prix to be held on the streets of Rome

    Post by Ross on 20th December 2009, 12:33

    Bernie Ecclestone has agreed a deal which would see Formula One come to the streets of Rome, according to course planner Maurizio Flammini.
    A Rome grand prix, raced through the streets of the Italian capital much like that of Monaco, has been in planning for over a year and a half.
    And Flammini, the creator of the idea, has revealed they have now been given the green light by the Formula One supremo, telling Sky Italia: "The agreement with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone to give life to the Rome Grand Prix has already been done and signed."
    He added: "The appropriate course still has to be defined."
    Italy already has a grand prix on the world championship circuit, in Monza.
    There were fears when plans for a Rome grand prix were first mooted that it would replace the historic track which has been a more or less permanent fixture in the Formula One calendar since 1922.
    However, the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, insists it will serve as a second Italian grand prix.
    "We think the Rome Grand Prix would be very important and we are in favour of it," he said. "And it's not true that it is an alternative to Monza.
    "Monza is a grand prix on the circuit, and the grand prix of Rome is integrative to that of Monza, it's not a replacement.
    "We have calculated that there will be an income of one billion euros a year with this grand prix and Rome needs to renew its tourist appeal. Not only the past, archaeology and monuments, but also the future, something which is aimed at families and youngsters."

    Source: UK Press Association


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