March 18, 2010
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The famous high-speed Monza track
Countering current speculation that the 2013 Rome Grand Prix would replace the current Monza race, the BBC are now reporting that the Italian GP will remain at Monza until 2016.
Last week, we heard from Bernie Ecclestone that Rome eould hold a Grand Prix from 2013 onwards, meaning that there would be two Italian Grands Prix for the first time since 2006, with Monza and Imola. Ever since the Rome GP was confirmed by Ecclestone, the organisers of the Rome GP have been hinting at a battle with the Monza race. However, this news should calm the matter.
If this is the case, the race in Rome will almost certainly be referred to as the Rome GP, while Monza should keep the Italian GP status. Monza has hosted all of Italy’s F1 races since 1950, except 1980, when Imola took the honours.
March 9, 2010
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Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there will be a Rome GP from 2013 onwards. This will see the F1 calendar expanding to 20 races, the highest ever.
Last year, it seemed that Ecclestone was drifting away from the idea of having a street race in Rome, but a deal seems to have been made, according to Ecclestone:
"Rome will come into the programme for 2013. We will have 20 races
and the teams will be happy with it."
Another street circuit, oh goody. That was Monaco’s idea, now we already have 4 imitations (Canada and Australia technically count), and there’s another one on the horizon. Only 2 of these races are any good, and Ecclestone doesn’t seem to like either of them. I’m sure you’re wondering will this circuit be able to match Canada and Australia, and here’s your answer: It’s being designed by Herman Tilke. You know what that means.
Even if the tifosi come out in force (almost definitely), I can’t see this circuit having any heart in it, and I’m saying this a year before we will even see drafts of the track design.
But, there’s a much more serious problem. The organisers of this race, and many others, seem to be implying that this is an attack on the Monza race. I can’t find a link for this, but I will add it as a separate post in due course. In summary, the organisers want only 1 Italian Grand Prix,and of course it’s the Roman one. I’m telling you now, if Monza if thrown off, Ecclestone is a dead man. Not by me, of course, by the thousands – millions, even- of livid Italians living in the north. This will hardly end well.