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Ferrari downplays Rome GP

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali plays down talk of an F1 event on the streets of Rome
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has played down the chances of an F1 race being held on the streets of Rome after admitting that he can't see Italy being granted a second race.

A race in the capital city has been mooted for some time with Bernie Ecclestone reportedly keen to see the event run alongside the Italian Grand Prix at Monza – which is one of the few classic F1 races still on the schedule.

Ferrari has remained quiet on the story since it first broke before president Luca di Montezemolo was quoted as saying that he would like to see a 'one race per nation' limit imposed, which would rule out a race in Rome.

Prior to leaving Maranello for a meeting of the Formula One Teams Association in London, Domenicali reiterated that view although he admitted that it wasn't down to the teams to decide where races are held.

“Our position is very clear and leaves no room for interpretation,” he said. “Our sport is increasingly expanding the number of countries hosting a grand prix and all the teams are in agreement about that. Therefore it is inevitable that it will no longer be possible to have two races in the same nation.

“It's not the job of the teams who choose where a grand prix is held, that's up to the commercial rights holder. Everything else is pure speculation.”

Italy last held two F1 races back in 2006 in the final year for the San Marino GP at Imola, with Spain the only nation on the calendar to currently have two races – with the Spanish GP at Catalunya and the European GP on the streets of Valencia.



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James Montgomery

December 17, 2010 9:56 AM

Barcelona I can just about cope with... but Valencia has been a typical Tilke fail. However I agree that the calander is too busy for any country to have 2 GP's.... there are other countries I would like to see back on the list who deserve the chance to host a GP... and can probably do a better job than some other venues.... (regardless if it is classic venue i.e. Hungaroring, or new one... Valencia, Korea etc....) I would only support the Rome GP if they used the exact same layout that is in the Gran Turismo Games! :D :P



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