Imola in talks over 2017 return

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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The mayor of Imola, Daniele Manca, says he has held discussions with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone over the possibility of the circuit hosting the Italian Grand Prix in the future.

Imola has not held a Formula 1 race since its final San Marino Grand Prix back in 2006, prior to an overhaul of the circuit's facilities.

Monza has been the long-term host of the Italian Grand Prix but its future remains unclear, following the conclusion of its current contract in 2016.

Manca has suggested that Imola would be willing to take over running of Italy's Formula 1 race.

"We wanted to show Ecclestone how willing Imola was to get Formula 1 back – but also do our part to keep the grand prix in Italy," Manca told

"We presented our plan to relaunch the circuit, outline the investments we have made and what we plan to do in the coming years with our infrastructure.

"Bernie told us that he never wanted to go away from Imola – and he must remember that Enzo Ferrari originally asked him to organise a Grand Prix on our circuit.

"There are issues to sort out – and one factor is obviously the economy. But Ecclestone has agreed to check the time frame and conditions under which it would be possible to get F1 back to Imola. The target is 2017."

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