Ferrari fever triggers grand prix interest from Imola


Imola has followed in the footsteps of fellow Italian circuit Mugello in saying it too wants to host a Formula 1 race, no doubt fuelled by the frenzy of celebrations triggered by Charles Leclerc’s historic victory at Monza.

Monza recently secured a new five-year deal to host the Italian GP until at least 2024.

“In five years, we will think about applying to bring Formula 1 to Tuscany,” Ferrari-owned Mugello’s director Paolo Poli said this week.

And now, Imola boss Uberto Selvatico Estense says the track east of Bologna has similar ambitions.

“The great work by Aci president Angelo Sticchi Damiani in keeping Formula 1 in Italy could reopen the possibility of the circus coming back to Imola,” he is quoted by Autosprint.

“To achieve such a result, it is essential to have the full support of regional and metropolitan institutions, as is happening in Monza and Mugello,” he added.

On Sunday a record crowd watched Leclerc win a riveting and action-packed race at the Temple of Speed, the first since Fernando Alonso triumphed in front of the tifosi in 2010. He is also the youngest Scuderia driver to win a grand prix.

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