No Rome F1 Race Without Ferrari – Mayor
The Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno has claimed that while he is pushing ahead with plans for a Rome Street F1 Race, he would not consider the possibility of hosting the event without Ferrari being on the grid.
Ferrari are locked in battles with the FIA and claim they will leave the sport at the end of 2009.
The mayor said that Ferrari were an integral part of Italy, not just this sport.
“I do not want to consider the idea of a Grand Prix of Rome without Ferrari,” he’s quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport on Thursday.
Ideas remain that Rome could host the 2011 Italian Grand Prix, but due to the desire to keep Monza on the calendar it could be fitted in another way. Some suggestions that the San Marino GP name could be revived or even a Mediterranean Grand Prix, or perhaps Valencia could lose the European Grand Prix.