Gianni Alemanno – the mayor of Rome – will be hoping that Ferrari’s threat to pull out of F1 is a bluffing exercise.
This is the street circuit in Rome which is at the centre of Alemanno’s hopes to hold a Grand Prix from 2012.
Update: See below for new track map and more details unearthed in the comments.
Vit unearthed the story in the Italian papers and translated the following details:
- Ecclestone gave his OK and will help Rome to “realise their dream”
- First it was intended to use more of the Cristoforo Colombo street, but after Hermann Tilke’s visit this project was changed and new track was mapped.
- Track: start on Tre Fontane street (where paddock would be build using rugby fields), left turn to Val Fiorita street going uphill to Colosseo Quadrato (Mussolini time monument), turn to the Cività del Lavoro street with a chicane on Agricultura square, right turn to Cristoforo Colombo street and up to Marconi square, U-turn at Marconi square around the obelisk at the widest radius (there is still a possibility that this turn will be further on Colombo around Palalotto building so that cars will pass the bridge over the lake), after turn back in direction of City centre on Colombo, right turn at Industria square, downhill to the left to Luneur park, left turn to the start/finish line.
What surprises me about the circuit is how simple it looks – it has far fewer corners than recent additions to the calendar, like Singapore. That’s no bad thing – I’m all for more variety in circuit designs.
Presumably the long, sweeping first turn could be taken flat out, making turn two a viable overtaking opportunity. And the long, looping
Here’s some pictures of the area courtesy of Google Streetview:
Will F1 end up racing at Rome in three years’ time? Many European Grand Prix promoters are struggling with high race fees and low attendance. But if there’s any country that can pack an F1 race, it’s Italy.
Providing Ferrari stick around.
Big thanks to Vit for the tip and for the scan of the original article which you can find on the F1 Fanatic drop.io
Update: Guido in the comments posted this map described in a different story which looks much closer to what we’d expect from an F1 circuit:
Also see the press release posted by HounslowBusGarage. Thanks for the comments guys!