From 1981 till 2006, the San Marino Grand Prix was a regular fixture on the F1 calendar. However, the circuit lost its place, to make way for the Belgian Grand Prix. Since then, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari has not made an appearance in F1.
However, the track authorities have placed bids to replace existing circuits when their future was in doubt. Further helping its cause was the FIA granting it a Grade 1 license. A Grade 1 license normally means that a circuit has the facilities to organize a Formula 1 race.
In 2019, there were talks of Imola taking over from Monza if that circuit is unable to sign a new deal. This year though, with the Chinese Grand Prix out of question, and the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix also in doubt, Imola could step in.
How did these F1 rumours begin?
Recently, RacingNews365 spoke to circuit director Roberto Marazzi about the prospect of an F1 return. He confirmed that the authorities submitted an application to replace the Chinese GP. However, there has been no response yet, so it could be difficult to shove in the San Marino Grand Prix at such short notice.
Furthermore, if F1 decides to give the green light to a race at the circuit in Imola, the organisers will have to look for sponsors. Once again, accomplishing this task to finance the GP at short notice, will be difficult.
With Monza already already establishing itself as the Italian GP venue, Imola can only serve as the San Marino GP. Imola is also the only realistic venue for the San Marino GP. This is because, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, does not have a Grade 1 license.
Whatever the case, the various F1 teams will be relieved that their schedule will not be so cramped. However, they have expressed their sympathy for the Chinese people, as the coronavirus continues to ravage the country.