Rome Mayor Reveals F1 Project

Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno echoed Bernie Ecclestone's statement at the end of February that Italy's capital would hold a Formula 1 race in the near future and provided some details on the possible one-off.

Mr. Alemanno was quoted by the AFP as saying that the 4.6-kilometre circuit will most likely be situated in the EUR quarter, in Rome's southwest area. The average speed for the circuit is estimated at 177 kph, with a lap time of 1:34.

"We will establish a promotional committee. And then we will officially present our candidacy," Gianni Alemanno told the aforementioned source.

Almost two months ago, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone dismissed rumors about a potential Rome Grand Prix to be hosted by the Italian capital in 2010 or 2011, but did admit that Rome was on top of the list for hosting an F1 race somewhere around 2013.

As we reported then, the F1 supreme sent a letter to Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno, telling him that such an event would take a long time to be set up. The next 2 or 3 years would be a too shorter period for the Roman officials to prepare a decent layout and all the other necessary adjustments in order to secure a successful Grand Prix.

When the first rumors of the Rome GP surfaced, Monza's mayor issued quite disturbing threats to his Rome counterparts. Enrico Gelpi, head of the Italian Automobile Club, stepped in and revealed that a potential F1 race held by Rome, if agreed upon, would not harm the Italian Grand Prix (hosted by Monza) in any way. He insisted that that the Rome GP was only being discussed as a potential one-off stop of the Formula 1 series.
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