Rome Grand Prix track video lap

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Earlier this week we got our first glimpse of the Rome Grand Prix circuit.

Now they’ve an official website has been launched with a video lap of the proposed track.

The 4.8km circuit shown in the video has some differences compared to the tracks seen earlier. Specifically, it features quite a few more slow corner, presumably to reduce the speed of the cars in places where there is insufficient run-off.

This could prove problematic – the chicane installed at turn 10 at the Singapore circuit for this reason was widely criticised.

The track has 28 corners and a projected race distance of 66 laps.

Situated in the south of Rome, the area is served by a motorway with good links to the nearby Leonardo da Vinci airport.

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  1. If this goes ahead I expect to read the same deeply disappointing remarks like I did after the Valencia and Singapore grand prix’s…

    1. To be fair,Singapore was quite a good race.

      Two hours of racing was pretty cool.

      Make the drivers work for there money! :D

  2. The original design was miles better. Now, I’d be really disappointed if a GP is going to be held there, on such a bland, low speed, boring lay out.

    1. Never mind the narrowness of the track at certain places, amongst which the start-finish straight, which goes underneath an overpass, and is only just over 3 lanes wide, there.

  3. lol Looked like the Ferrari’s were holding up the McLaren. BS video really, you can’t really get a feel for the circuit and really are they gonna leave Monza?

  4. I noticed it goes dark near the end of the video. Does this mean it’s a twilight race? With half points? For the benefit of all the American fans?

  5. They couldn’t update the car models? The Ferrari still says “Vodafone” on the nose.

    1. Was about to say that myself.. is this “proposal” video a few years old now and it’s been cooking on Bernies campfire for so long?

  6. I’m from Italy and I can tell you this grand prix is pure speculation and it will never be done. Italy is in extremely critical conditions, from and economic, democratic and social point of view, and this is just expensive propaganda for the city’s and the italian government, and smoke in they eyes of italian and rome citizens. This race will never see the light.
    So no need to worry about it.

  7. Bigbadderboom
    15th May 2009, 15:55

    Hmmm, this looks like another twilight special doesn’t it

  8. does this mean the end of Monza?

  9. Worth of Formula Super-Mario

  10. Sush Meerkat
    15th May 2009, 18:09

    I know this is probably rubbish but hey, here is my contribution.

    the start of the video where all the destinations join up upon Rome and create a sign, its the sign of Helios, the Roman Sun God Helios and then we see Ferrari’s with the Shell logo on them.

    Well the Helios is BP’s logo. BURN!.

  11. Vodafone sponsorship on the Ferrari nose?

    This video must’ve been produced quite sometime ago.

    1. was thinking the same thing!

  12. HounslowBusGarage
    15th May 2009, 22:19

    @ hamz0rs.
    Do you think that this is just a vanity project then? Designed to centre attention on the Mayor Alemanno (and to irritate The Northern League)?
    I’ve only been to this area of Rome once, but I have great difficulty imagining a Formula One race there.

  13. I’ve been to Rome many times, love the place, but don’t think this will ever happen.

    If it did though, I’ll be doing a long weekend at the Es hotel (changed names I think now tho) again!

  14. When I heard “Grand Prix in Rome, I pictured something involving Piazza Venezia down to and around the Colloseum, like the Ferrari-Shell video ad. This is in some anonymous unrecognisable commercial/business district. Yawn!

    Keep Monza at all costs. Von Trips and Peterson deserve perpetual memorials.

  15. Chaz has the right take:

    If this goes ahead I expect to read the same deeply disappointing remarks like I did after the Valencia and Singapore grand prix’s…

    Same as Monaco and Long Beach or Toronto. Street circuits offer tremendous glitz with little racing (passing) opportunities.

    But I’ll still take my open wheel racing wherever they choose to put it, if there is still such a thing next year.

  16. Vanity project fits very well as a definition. As collateral damage it will annoy the northern league, they already have complained and will keep doing it, but they only do so to keep their voters calm and confident that the party is fighting for them, when most of the management of the party couldn’t care less.
    They are already perfectly satisfied of the power and wealth they enjoy at the moment. They will even get free tickets for the race if it was ever done, so why bother.

  17. BORING!
    They put chicanes on ALL of the fast bits.

  18. Hmm, theyve tried to come up with something more traffic-friendly by trying to avoid the Via C.Colombo, which is a main traffic artery of Rome. But the only way they figured to do that was by putting two straights on one 4-lane road. No matter how you split it, both directions will be too narrow. There’s no runoff. theres risk of debris ending upp on the other side of the barrier. That solution will NEVER pass FIA scrutiny.
    The final harpin before start/finish seems to make no sense, theres no runoff in the righthand corner preceding it and it doesnt add anything + unnecessarily narrow.
    Also, by running counterclockwise they create runoff issues in 5 corners. If it were to run clockwise there would be only 3 with the same layout, and eachof them less serious. The only thing they would have to change around is moving the chicane before the long fast turn coming up to start/finish to the other side, where there is room for a bus-stop-like solution.

    Because I dont see a solution tho the narrow paralel+ opposite direction straights, we won’t ever see racing on this layout. Maybe theyll be willing to cut the Via Colombo, or redraw a track that stays just to one side of it and with a really short start/finish straight.

  19. look at when that video was uploaded

    May 13th,2009


    1. Why’s that funny?

  20. Do we really need another slow street track with concrete walls everywhere? don’t get me wrong i do like monaco and singapore… great race circuits. but whats wrong with all the classic fast proper race circuits like san marino or the A1 ring, the day we ever lose monza for a street circuit in rome is a sad day for F1

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