Imola pushing for long-term return to Formula 1

Date published: November 5 2020

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Emilia Romagna President Stefano Bonaccini is aiming to bring Formula 1 back to Imola long-term, rather than as a one-off.

For the first time since 2006 Formula 1 made its return to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari to contest the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a late addition to the 2020 calendar which had to be redesigned due to the global pandemic.

Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag to claim the 93rd win of his career, but it may not be the last time that Formula 1 visits this iconic venue.

Instead Bonaccini wants to strike a long-term deal with Formula 1 to make the sport a regular attraction at Imola.

“The experts and the drivers were all enthusiastic about the beauty of the place and, above all, of the track,” he is quoted by Motorsportweek.com.

“We strongly wanted the return of Formula 1 to Imola after 14 years, together with the Municipality, local institutions and the management of Formula Imola.

“It is with the same team that we will work immediately for the confirmation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola next year and its stable inclusion in the calendar.

“It is a difficult period but in Emilia-Romagna we have shown once again that we do not stop and that we know how to look ahead.”

Boss of the Imola-based circuit Uberto Selvatico Estense said that Formula 1 had “congratulated” them for the organisation of the event which took a late blow when fans had to be banned from attending under new COVID-19 guidelines in Italy.

He too hopes that the circuit has made a good enough impression to become a permanent part of the Formula 1 calendar.

“Formula 1 expressed congratulations for the organisation carried out, among other things, in record time,” he said.

“[There is] the hope that the next Formula 1 race in Imola will be run with the presence of the public.

“I especially thank [Formula 1 CEO] Chase Carey and [Global Director of Race Promotion] Chloe Targett-Adams for the realisation of this dream who believed in us and who are helping us to hope for the future.”

Hamilton’s victory at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw him stretch his lead over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers’ Championship to 85 points, while the one-two finish for the Silver Arrows saw them wrap up the Constructors’ Championship for a seventh season in a row.

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