Emilia-Romagna President Confirms Talks on Hosting More F1 Races in Imola

Published 11/03/2020, 3:27 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – General view during the race Pool via Reuters/Rudy Carezzevoli

There is no doubt that the last weekend’s race at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was quite exciting with the Mercedes’ title win, late shunts in the race, and yet another unusual podium.

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The President of that region felt the same and added that Imola is working with F1 for the Grand Prix’s “stable inclusion in the World Championship calendar.”

Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna, revealed that the entire region has been looking forward to the return of Formula 1. And now that the weekend turned out to be quite interesting, Stefano mentioned that he is planning to make the Grand Prix a recurring event.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via Reuters/Luca Bruno

We strongly wanted the return of Formula 1 to Imola after 14 years, together with the Municipality, local institutions and the top management of Imola, the company that manages the circuit,” he said.

The credit must go to the entire organization of Imola who made things achievable for the F1’s comeback after over a decade. They managed to put forward thousands of professionals and segregated them into the teams of Marshals, fire-fighting service, vehicle recovery, Medical service, track-cleaning, and security.

If not for these people, watching F1 cars zoom around the Imola circuit would have still remained a dream and not a reality.

Emilia Romagna ready to host more F1 races, Stefano reveals

Stefano opened up that, following the race in Imola, the entire organization is looking forward to hosting more races in the upcoming years.

It is with the same team play that we will work immediately for the confirmation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Enzo and Dino Ferrari next year and its stable inclusion in the World Championship calendar.

The region is ready to make its starts, as it now does for the sport, from grassroots to major events,” he said.

Although the drivers found overtaking a bit difficult during the race, the last few laps turned out to be quite eventful for the fans to watch.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Race winner Lewis Hamilton poses for a photo with Mercedes team members as they celebrate winning the constructors championships Pool via Reuters/Luca Bruno

It all started with Max Verstappen, whose right-rear tire gave up, leaving him stranded on an unsafe part of the track. Then came the safety car, which turned things around, followed by an avoidable mistake from George Russell.

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Then occurred the unusual podium from Daniel Ricciardo, who never looked like he was going to finish the race in the Top-4 until that moment. Eventually, as the race ended, Mercedes broke Ferrari’s earlier record of six consecutive constructors’ championship wins.

Overall, with the wide range of events happening throughout the race, the race felt more fulfilling for the fans. Hence, of course, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the fans want the circuit to be on the calendar in 2021 as well.

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But the competition is quite high at the moment as a number of circuits are joining the fight for a long-term deal with F1. Hence, could Imola come out as best over the others?

(The quotes are translated from Italian using Google Translate)

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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