The idea of an F1 race on the streets of Rome hasn't secured overwhelming support from residents of the city according to mayor Gianni Alemanno.

Bernie Ecclestone has made no secret of his desire to run a race on the streets of the Italian city, with a letter of intent having been signed between the event organisers and the F1 commercial rights holder.

The plans would see a race through the streets of the EUR district, possibly as early as 2012.

There has been opposition to the race from organisers of the Italian GP at Monza despite the fact that both races could feature on the calendar and although Alemanno said a majority of residents backed the plan, he revealed the figure wasn't an overwhelming one.

"A majority, albeit not an overwhelming one, of EUR and Rome residents are in favour of the race," Alemanno told a news conference, according to the Reuters news agency.

A decision on whether to move ahead with the plans is set to be taken before the end of the year when the letter of intent signed with Ecclestone runs out.

Monaco, Valencia and Singapore currently host the only true street races on the F1 calendar.

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