Ferrari Opposes Rome GP

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was asked a bunch of questions during the traditional Christmas dinner with the Italian F1 media earlier this week, and one of them was centered on the prospect of Italy having two F1 races in the near future.

The Italian capital of Rome is in the running for hosting a one-off in the years to come, on a city circuit that is to be built in the EUR district. Needless to say, the idea was met with plenty of criticism and political opposition from the officials in Northern Italy, where the Monza circuit is placed.

Fears were raised over the fact that Rome could potentially replace the historic venue of Monza as Italy's F1 race, and Ferrari was asked to share its view on the matter. While the major of Rome recently told the media that he spoke to Di Montezemolo and the Ferrari boss is fine with the idea of a Rome GP, the Ferrari-an had a slightly different view, saying that he'd like to see “a one race per nation limit” in the F1 future.

Since the comment sparked mixed reactions in Italy – where the rivalry between the Northern and the Central-Southern regions has always led to delicate situations – Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali issued a statement on the company's official website in which he wanted to set things straight.

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.”

Additionally, he insisted that Ferrari has no business giving advices to Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One Management (FOM) on where F1 should host races, as this is a matter to be handled exclusively by the sport's commercial rights holder.

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.”
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