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Imola to race for a place in 2020 calendar: FIA Grade 1 standard achieved

The 'Santerno' track has been certified Grade 1 yesterday: now the management dreams to have again a F1 Grand Prix 14 years after the last hosted

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Imola to race for a place in 2020 calendar: FIA Grade 1 standard achieved
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It was the duel between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher the farewell of F1 to the hills outside Imola city: the last victory on the Santerno riverside of the German with the torcida of the famous Tifosi invading the track has been a postcard of the good-old-times for the management of the track. Until yesterday.

With the renewal of the homologation we are in a position to also host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, having our track all the parameters required by the FIA. We hope that this dream can become reality with the teamwork of institutions and territory

claimed to Italian magazine Autosprint Uberto Selvatico Estense, president of Formula Imola, the company that manages the track. As Monza, the circuit is plunged in one of the richest and industrial regions of Italy; moreover is in the middle of the so called Motor Valley, a territory that encounters almost every brand of sport and luxury cars, engineering firms and tracks (something really close to the Motorsport Valley in the UK's Oxfordshire). But, as Lombardy is still suffering a spread of the pandemic, the Emilia-Romagna region has coped well against the virus: a proof is the double header of MotoGP in Misano later in the summer.

Japan, Singapore, and Azerbaijan won't host Formula 1 races in 2020 because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The other option, the Mugello structure, a part from being owned from Ferrari and from having been appreciated from the drivers after the 2012 test, doesn't show all these others characteristics; being close to Florence artistic town isn't enough for the Liberty Media standards. Moreover, the option of a back-to-back double header to Monza may also be kept in mind: having said that logistics will be key into this mad season, the Autodromo Nazionale has all the features needed for such a request.

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